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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.

 

 

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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