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Get to know the Cape Range National Park

If you’re a fan of rugged landscapes, unspoilt beaches and abundant wildlife, the Cape Range National Park may well be your new favourite destination. The north tip of Cape Range National Park is just 40km from Exmouth, on the Coral Coast of Western Australia is the place we call home.

The Park covers more than 50,000 hectares and has been recognised as a World Heritage Site with “outstanding universal value.”

Located adjacent to the famous Ningaloo Marine Park, Cape Range National Park boasts spectacular rocky gorges carved by ancient rivers that adjoin one of the most pristine and beautiful coastlines in the world. We take our guests out on a number of guided experiences through the Park, including snorkelling trips along the coast and hikes at nearby gorges. You can also make your own way to these attractions before, after or during your Sal Salis stay if you have your own vehicle.

Becah and ocean

Wildlife

Wildlife is abundant in the Cape Ranges, with more than 100 species of land birds and marsupials found in the Park. When driving through the epic landscapes, you will spot a variety of birds, emus euros and kangaroos. If you take a hike at one of the gorges or creeks, keep your eyes peeled for black-footed rock wallabies, echidnas and lizards.

There is a bird hide at Mangrove Bay where you can settle in and get a close-up view of the amazing variety of seabirds and waders including mangrove fantails, mangrove whistlers and yellow white eyes. In October, you will see tracks in the sandy beaches where sea turtles have laid their eggs, and in January, you may even be lucky enough to see the baby hatchings make their dash back to the ocean.

This area is probably most famous for its aquatic wildlife, as the Ningaloo Reef is one of the most accessible spots to swim with whale sharks and humpback whales in the world. Whale shark season runs from April to July and the humpback season begins in August and ends in October. You can also swim with the majestic manta rays here from May to November.  Year-round you can expect to see rays, dugongs, turtles and countless species of fish enjoying the pristine reef and abundant coral – just steps from our camp!

Hiking

The National Park is the perfect place to lace up your walking boots and head out to one of the amazing hiking trails. We take our guests on guided walks through Mandu Gorge and Yardie Creek. We take our kayaks and SUP boards to Yardie creek so you can enjoy a tranquil paddle and soak up the amazing scenery.

Snorkelling

Sal Salis is located on the shores of the Ningaloo Reef Marine Park, so you’re literally steps away from some of the best snorkelling in Australia. Don your mask and snorkel, step into the crystal-clear Indian Ocean and discover a myriad of marine life just metres from the shore. Immerse yourself in this unspoilt underwater wonderland of coral, turtles, rays and fish.

Our favourite snorkel spots are right outside our camp, as well as Oyster Stacks, Turquoise Bay and Lakeside. We often take our guests up to these spots for a snorkel trip and our guides will point out the amazing fish, coral and other marine creatures as you swim by.

Swimming

There’s 50km of coastline in the Cape Range National Park, so you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to swimming spots. Turquoise Bay is probably the most famous beach in the Park, and rightly so. It was voted Western Australia’s top beach by Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice. It boasts crystal-clear waters and a long, white, sandy beach.

Jurabi Coastal Reserve is also a great stretch of coastline for swimming. A bonus is that in-season you can also view nesting turtles right here on the beach as the sun sets. On a low tide, check out the rock pools as you’ll find heaps of hidden delights including sea urchins, anemones, starfish and octopus!

The private beach at Sal Salis is an oasis of calm. The pretty pink stones, washed up from nearby Yardie Creek make sunsets here pastel perfection. We have SUP boards and kayaks if you want to go for a little paddle, or you can just relax in our comfy chairs and watch the waves roll in.

 

 

That’s a wrap on for the 2019 season at Sal Salis

That’s a wrap! Another season at Sal Salis has officially come to an end. We’re packing up the tents and reflecting on how incredible 2019 has been for us. Thanks to all of our guests and operators who’ve made it such an epic year at Sal Salis, and we wish our wonderful team a relaxing break 💙 Here’s a little taste of what 2019 looked like at camp.

Get to Sal Salis via the Coral Coast Highway

Our location here in the Cape Range National Park may be remote, but that doesn’t mean it’s hard to get here.

Becah and ocean

You can fly from Perth to Exmouth, where we will be waiting to transfer you to our camp. If you fancy a self-drive adventure, you can also take the 1200km Coral Coast Highway from Perth to Exmouth!

This is one of Australia’s great scenic drives and along the way you will discover a combination of some of Australia’s most amazing attractions and experiences, many found nowhere else on earth, as the road hugs the Indian Ocean coastline.

Road trip highlights include:
• the famous Pinnacles Desert,
• fields of amazing wildflowers in Spring,
• meeting the dolphins at Monkey Mia
• the Yamaji Drive trail in Greater Geraldton and surrounds where you can see the sites of the Wadjari community
• a night tour under the stars Malgana tribe of Gathaagudu in Shark Bay, where you can cook up red mullet and play the didgeridoo

This adventurous self-drive route is the perfect way to start your holiday to Sal Salis so you can enjoy everything this gorgeous part of the world has to offer.

Avis are now offering great deals on fly and drive holidays, so you can drive up to Sal Salis and then fly back to Perth. Find out more on the Coral Coast website.

Turtle tracks herald the start of Ningaloo’s turtle nesting season

As we say goodbye to our staff and guests at the end of our 2018 season, mature female turtles are starting their gruelling journey from the sea to the beaches along the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area to lay clutches of eggs.

Located just metres from our front doorstep, spanning 300 kilometres in length, Western Australia’s Ningaloo Coast is considered one of the world’s most important breeding grounds for endangered green and loggerhead turtles. Hawksbill turtles also nest on this spectacular coastline.

Ningaloo’s turtle nesting season occurs between late October and March each year. Approximately six weeks after nesting, tiny turtle hatchlings emerge from their nests and scurry to the deep blue sea of the Ningaloo Marine Park at the northern tip of Australia’s Coral Coast.

Although most of the hatching takes place during the Sal Salis closure between January and March, some of our guests were lucky enough to witness the hatching of turtles at our private beach in April this year.

 

Turtle hatchlings at Sal Salis

 

It’s no secret that many of our guests visit Sal Salis to swim alongside Ningaloo Reef’s famed big three: whale sharks, humpback whales and manta rays. And with good reason; swimming with these majestic gentle giants is nothing short of AWE-INSPIRING, however, guests are often just as excited about encountering our resident turtles on a snorkelling tour with us in the coral gardens of our private beach.

We love our turtles and we know where to find them. There’s a special location in the ocean near our luxury camp ground where we take our guests to spot turtles. Swimming with them is a truly amazing and it’s always a buzz, even for our guides who are lucky enough to do it often.

 

Guests snorkel with turtles at Sal Salis

 

Accommodation at Sal Salis is fully inclusive, and a number of activities and tours are offered to guests daily. Our knowledgeable guides tailor tours each day to best suit the weather conditions at the time. We have plenty of equipment for guests to use, so just remember to pack your bathers and we’ll supply the rest of the gear for a snorkelling tour that you are sure to remember for the rest of your days.

SPECIAL OCTOBER OFFER – STAY 3, PAY FOR 2

The end of our season is approaching, and we want to welcome as many new faces to the camp as possible before we let the sun set on 2018.

So we’ve come up with a super special offer for those of your looking to tick the Ningaloo Reef off your bucket list this year. If you stay at Sal Salis between 8 and 23 October 2018, and you can Stay for 3, Pay for just 2!

If this discount wasn’t enough to tempt you, we will also include a FREE 4-hour eco-cruise with Live Ningaloo for all paying guests*. The weather is beautiful, the reef is incredible and the humpbacks are still swimming through our waters.

We’ve seen whales migrating in the waters from our camp, making it a pretty special sundowner. But if you want to get closer, you can still enjoy swims with these gentle giants until the end of October. We promise you will leave us feeling relaxed and truly connected to nature. It’s time to swap your screens for the stars. 🌠

This special offer is only available for new bookings, made before 7 October, for travel between 8 and 23 October. Come and stay, experience Sal Salis for yourself and share our little slice of paradise. 💙

Call 08 9949 1766 or email info@salsalis.com.au for more information or to book. We’ll save you a spot at camp!

*Please note if there are adverse weather conditions the boat trip will not go ahead. We will try to replace with another activity such as a guided hike or snorkel, but there will be no remuneration if the tour does not go ahead due to unforeseen circumstances.

Here’s another BIG reason to visit Sal Salis outside of the whale shark season!

Whale sharks may be moving on from Ningaloo Reef, but there is still a BIG reason to visit Sal Salis over the next few months.

HUMPBACK WHALES have arrived in our pristine waters, and Western Australia’s Ningaloo Marine Park is one of the few places on Earth that you can actually take a dip with them!

Our preferred operator, Live Ningaloo, has reported some amazing interactions with humpback whales so far this season, which commenced on 1 August.

Passengers aboard Live Ningaloo’s luxury vessel, Wave Rider, have enjoyed up to five swims per tour with humpback whales, and some have been treated to very special interactions with mothers and their young whales.

Llive Ningaloo and Chris Jansen Images shot of humpback whales
Chris Jansen Images, on board Live Ningaloo

Recently a Live Ningaloo group were swimming with a mother humpback whale and her yearling. The mother initially concealed her yearling from sight until she’d had eyeballed the group for a little while. Upon judging they weren’t a threat she lowered her guard and allowed the group to have a peek.

Live Ningaloo’s Sonia Beckwith said humpback whales were constantly communicating through passive and non-passive behaviours.

She said: “Whether it’s singing, doing a belly turn or a mother showing us her yearling – that’s them communicating amongst themselves and sometimes with us. It’s a magical feeling when there is an exchange because it’s intentional with humpbacks.

“Humpback whales are active above and below the surface. Spotting them in action while you’re on a boat, in the water with them, or from the Sal Salis lodge deck is an awe-inspiring experience.

“This is only the second year the swimming with humpback tours have been allowed, and it is reassessed each year. As such, we never know if these swims with humpback whales at Ningaloo Reef will continue in future seasons. So, if you really want to tick this amazing experience off your bucket list, we recommend doing it soon!”

Live Ningaloo will continue to offer tours to swim with humpback whales until 31 October. For more information, contact them directly via their website.

Substitute your screen for sensory soul food at Sal Salis

With the progress of modern technology, many of us are finding it increasingly difficult to switch off. We are given work phones and laptops and are expected to be available around the clock. The result is that we are always ‘on’, which has a high cost to our wellbeing.

Our social media manager is always harping on about Sal Salis being the ideal location for a digital detox on our social channels (due to our camp being out of range), so we recently invited her back to our slice of paradise so she could take some of her own advice and so we’d get a break from her emails!

Here’s what Jodie had to say about her stay at Sal Salis:

As a person who works from a home office with competing demands of family obligations, work and fitness goals, I found it so liberating to have a break from it all and forget about my phone for a few days. The positive effect it had on our holiday was profound. I wasn’t compelled to check social channels or email accounts constantly, and without digital distractions, I was able to fully appreciate the remarkable environment around me and spend quality time with the number one man in my life.

Sal Salis tent

Here’s why Sal Salis is a treat for the senses:

Sight: Located in Western Australia’s Cape Range National Park, the landscape at Sal Salis is truly breathtaking. Its beauty is a sight to behold in images, but you really have to experience it firsthand to fully appreciate it. The imposing red limestone ridge in the background beautifully contrasts with green coastal vegetation and the many shades of blue along the Ningaloo coastline, which is just a short stroll from the camp. It was wonderful to see how the colours of the sky changed throughout the day – the glorious golden glow of sunrise, followed by brilliant blue skies during the day, followed by the most magnificent panorama of colours at sunset, culminating in an inky night sky positively popping with stars. Knowledgeable Sal Salis guides look at the weather forecast each day and plan activities best suited to conditions. There’s some amazing marine life to be discovered close to camp on snorkelling and kayaking tours, and some equally scenic spots in the gorges of the Cape Range National Park. We spotted some super cute black-footed rock wallabies in nearby Pilgonoman Gorge and swam with an array of colourful marine life during a snorkel drift tour along Sal Salis’ private beach.

wallaby

Sound: Sitting on the beach without another soul in sight and tuning into the Indian Ocean lapping the shore was truly mesmerising… Then I’d switch frequencies to tune into the sounds of the waves crashing out to sea, which had a soothing effect on me. Take a walk along the beach and you’ll hear the squeaky clean, coarse white sand crunching underfoot. Around camp you can hear the happy melody of native birds singing or the laughter of guests entertaining each other with stories of their day of exploring the area.

Sal Salis beach

Smell: Fresh air! A gentle breeze floats through the camp carrying the aroma of the surrounding native bushland and the briny scent of the sea, mingled with some appetising smells from the kitchen.

Sal Salis sunset

Taste: Believe me when I say the food at Sal Salis is every bit as good as some of the finest restaurants in capital cities around Australia. Showcasing as much local produce as possible, the food is fresh and simply irresistible. The chef and his team are very talented indeed. From delectable breakfasts and fresh lunches, to yummy sundowner canapés and delicious dinners – they’re all designed with your taste buds in mind!

food

Touch: I can’t describe the happiness I felt feeling the warm rays of the sun on my skin and immersing myself in the Indian Ocean for a swim during Australian winter! Ningaloo Reef really is home to an endless Summer.

The verdict: I’ve practiced what I preach, and it turns out the digital detox was definitely what I needed. My Sal Salis winter escape restored balance in my life. I am no longer a slave to my phone and have returned full of energy and creative ideas. The break has also been great for family life. I was able to spend quality time with my husband without any competing demands, and missed my children so much that I have been giving them a lot more quality time.  

So, what are you waiting for? Take a hiatus from the digital devices and swap your screen for some soul food at Sal Salis. Please just remember to take your camera and share your photos with us!

Fall in love with the gorge-ous backdrop of Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef

It’s no secret that many of our guests are lured to Sal Salis to see the stars of Ningaloo Reef – whale sharks, humpback whales, manta rays and turtles.

Visitors fall in love with our unspoilt coastline, crystal clear water and Ningaloo Reef’s world-renowned marine wonderland.

What takes many of our guests by surprise, is Sal Salis’s breathtakingly beautiful backdrop – Western Australia’s Cape Range National Park.

Did you know Sal Salis is located just two kilometres from one of the Cape Range National Park’s most spectacular gorges?

We take our guests on guided walks to Mandu Mandu Gorge to admire its impressive fossil-bearing limestone formations and take in spectacular views over the Ningaloo Coast. Sometimes we even spot rare black-footed rock wallabies here.

We also take our guests to the nearby Yardie Creek, a ruggedly beautiful, rust-red gorge, which is home to many species of flora and fauna.

Walkers are rewarded with wonderful panoramic photo opportunities at the top of this magnificent ancient gorge. Look below you to the creek, which flows between the sheer red cliffs and ahead of you out to the turquoise waters of the Ningaloo Coast.

While you’re at Yardie Creek Gorge, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for black-footed rock wallabies, honey eaters, euros, red kangaroos and emus.

Sturt mangrove areas provide roosting sites for pied cormorants, eastern reef egrets, crested pigeons and gallahs, while the sheltered waters are a sanctuary for many marine species, such as fish, shovelnose rays and turtles.

Winter heralds the start of the region’s wildflower season, so look out for vibrant red sturt desert peas, mulllas mullas, wattles, everlastings, native fuschias, fanflowers and dampiera.

Cape Range National Park’s largest concentration of black-footed rock wallabies can be found hanging out on steep, red limestone ledges in nearby Pilgonoman Gorge. Our guides love taking guests to this fabulous location, which is located a short drive from our camp.

Whatever you do, don’t forget to pack some sturdy walking shoes when you are packing for your Sal Salis escape. You’ll love our guided walks through gorges on our back doorstep almost as much as you’ll enjoy exploring the Ningaloo Reef out the front.

Black-footed rock wallabies steal hearts at Sal Salis

Black-footed rock wallabies steal hearts at Sal Salis

When you think of wildlife you may encounter during your stay at Sal Salis, you probably think of the stars of Ningaloo Reef: whale sharks, manta rays, turtles, orcas and humpback whales.

So, you may be surprised to learn that one of our most lovable locals is actually a gorge-dwelling marsupial!

Black-footed rock wallabies are closely related to kangaroos, and they are as cute as they are elusive.

Known as black-footed or black-flanked rock wallabies, they are primarily grey with black paws and a black tip at the end of their tail, which perfectly camouflages them in their rocky habitat. They are much smaller than kangaroos, growing up to just 50cm tall.

Although they are camouflaged, little and like to hide in dark, shady places, our talented guides know where and when to find them in the magnificent nearby gorges of Western Australia’s Cape Range National Park.

Black-footed rock wallabies are quite rare and can only be found in a few locations in North-West and central Australia. There is a large population of them in the Cape Range National Park of Australia’s Coral Coast, especially Pilgonoman Gorge, which boasts the biggest population of them on the North West Cape. They can also be spotted in Mandu Mandu and Yardie Creek Gorges.

The best time to spot black-footed rock wallabies is when it’s cool and dark, so we offer guests the opportunity to see them on guided tours at sunrise and sunset.

Black-footed rock wallabies leave their young inside caves while they venture out to find food such as Yardie Creek morning glory and bush fig trees.

Whilst their main defence is their trusty camouflage, these agile little creatures can jump up to 4 metres to escape predators such as feral cats, dingoes, wedge tail eagles and feral goats.

So, be sure to join us for a guided walk during your stay at Sal Salis to catch a glimpse of our beloved and rare black-footed rock wallabies.

 

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Sal Salis Photo Comp

2018 Sal Salis guests are encouraged to enter our photo competition by posting their best photos and videos to our Facebook or Instagram account for the chance to WIN a three-night stay with us in 2019!

Head to our Facebook page to post your photos and videos, tag @Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef and include #SalSalisPhotoComp and #SalSalisNingalooReef hashtags. Or post your content on Instagram, with the aforementioned hashtags. If you are not on social media, please email your photos and videos to info@salsalis.com.au.

Swim alongside the stars of Ningaloo Reef during your stay at Sal Salis!

The secret is out: Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef is world-renowned for being one of the most accessible and reliable places in the world to swim with ALMIGHTY WHALE SHARKS!

Growing up to 18 metres in length, whale sharks are the largest fish in the sea. They arrive in the Ningaloo Marine Park in early March each year and are followed by tens of thousands of visitors who are lured to the region for the chance to swim with these enormous (and harmless) marine creatures.

Our preferred operator, Live Ningaloo, offers small, bespoke group tours to get up close and personal with whale sharks each year between late March and 31 July. Tours are limited to ten passengers to ensure all on board have a wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime experience with these graceful marine giants.

Ningaloo has solidified its reputation as being a mecca for massive marine experiences over the past few years. Not only can you swim with whale sharks here, you can also swim with humpback whales!

So, if you visit Sal Salis outside of the whale shark season, you can still get the adrenaline rush of having a close encounter with a gentle giant of the ocean. Swimming with humpback whales has only been offered at Ningaloo Reef since 2016, so our guests have the opportunity to be among the first of many to enjoy this unique experience. Guests can join a Live Ningaloo tour to take a dip with magnificent humpback whales between 1 August and 31 October.

While whale sharks and humpback whales pass through the Ningaloo Marine Park annually on a seasonal basis, majestic manta rays can be encountered here all year round. Manta rays have a wing span of up to 5.5 metres wide and watching them ‘dance’ is truly mesmerising.

Although tours are recommended to get up close to whale sharks, humpback whales and manta rays, there’s a myriad of marine life to seen close to Sal Salis.

Luckily for our guests, Sal Salis is located within a short stroll of one of the best parts of Ningaloo Reef. Measuring around 300km in length, Ningaloo Reef is one of the largest fringing reef systems in the world. It’s called a ‘fringing reef’ because it’s so close to shore, which means in some parts you can literally step off the beach and start snorkelling within moments of entering the water. This is a major point of difference to the Great Barrier Reef, which is around a two-hour boat ride from Cairns.

The UNESCO World Heritage listed Ningaloo Coast is home to around 500 species of fish and about 250 species of coral, so there’s plenty to see beneath the surface of this pristine stretch of the Indian Ocean located at the northern tip of Australia’s Coral Coast.

The great news is you can see so much of it with a mask and snorkel without venturing far from our luxury camp. Ningaloo is a notable nesting site for green, loggerhead and hawksbill turtles, and our guests often rave about their encounters with these beautiful creatures at our private beach. Occasionally our guests have even witnessed unseasonable hatching of turtles near our camp.

If you love to be beside the seaside and would like to acquaint yourself with Ningaloo Reef’s many marine species, add Sal Salis to your bucket list!

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Sal Salis Photo Comp

2018 Sal Salis guests are encouraged to enter our photo competition by posting their best photos and videos to our Facebook or Instagram account for the chance to WIN a three-night stay with us in 2019!

Head to our Facebook page to post your photos and videos, tag @Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef and include #SalSalisPhotoComp and #SalSalisNingalooReef hashtags. Or post your content on Instagram, with the aforementioned hashtags. If you are not on social media, please email your photos and videos to info@salsalis.com.au.