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Overview – Sal Salis
Half-hidden amongst sand dunes in the Cape Range National Park, Sal Salis is your entry point to the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef, one of Australia’s best kept natural secrets.
About halfway between Perth and Broome lies the little-known Ningaloo Reef, a 260km-long coral fringe which lies so close to the mainland that you don’t need a boat to experience its undersea wonder. At Sal Salis, the house reef is just 100m offshore, with a wealth of marine life including staghorn coral, manta rays, clownfish and reef sharks. Each year between April and July, gentle whale sharks congregate in huge numbers here, and during this season, Sals Salis offers the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity (extra cost) to swim with the largest fish on earth. As of 2016, the Western Australian government has also given Sal Salis guests the go-ahead to share the waters with migrating humpback whales (from August to October, at additional cost).
The area surrounding the property is a rich turtle breeding ground, with species such as hawksbill and loggerheads coming ashore to lay their eggs from September to December. Snorkel as much as you want – all gear including wetsuits are provided – and take a complimentary sea kayak out to closer inspect the many sheltered lagoons. Hooking a marlin or giant groper here is a very likely possibility if you’re so inclined. There are also various spectacular gorges inhabited by dingo and kangaroo – ideal for walks – if you’re after some land-based activity.
Accommodation at Sal Salis is in spacious, elevated eco-tents, where guests retire on comfortable jarrah-hewn beds with organic cotton sheets. Ensuites contain solar-powered showers and composting toilets to ensure precious water is sparingly used. Tents face the ocean to take advantage of coastal breezes, are illuminated by solar-powered lamps and have no modern distractions such as television, mobile phone reception or Wi-Fi, so nature is the star of the show.
In case of emergencies, the main lodge does have a landline. Guests gather here for meals, which are prepared by the resident chef with seasonal ingredients, bush tucker and fresh fish. There is also a small library with board games and a self-service bar. Stargazing is a typical after-dinner past time on the Whale Deck, with guides happy to point out the different constellations.
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Rooms – Sal Salis
The 15 spacious wilderness tents and one honeymoon tent at Sal Salis are all raised on platforms, have 2 x single beds (twin) or 1 x king bed and an eco-ensuite at the rear of the tent. A third guest can be accommodated in a comfortable swag. Please note that this property is not suitable for children below five years of age.
Facilities – Sal Salis
- 16 eco-tents
- All inclusive
- Power point in main lodge
- Open bar
- Whale Deck
Activities – Sal Salis
- Daily guided wilderness activities including gorge walks and reef explorations
Activities at extra cost
- Whale shark and humpback whale swimming (seasonal)
- Scenic flights
- Private boat charters (e.g. for whale shark or whale watching)
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The closest airport to Sal Salis is Exmouth’s Learmonth, which is serviced daily by Qantas and tri-weekly by Virgin Australia from Perth. Flight time is approximately 2.5 hours. Sal Salis is 2 hours by road from the airport, or one from Exmouth town. You can also self-drive from Perth; however the journey could take up to 13 hours and driving at dawn and dusk is not recommended due to large numbers of wildlife in and around Cape Range National Park.
Visit Perth and Margaret River for urban contrast; the sun-drenched capital is home to a verdant park and the historic port suburb of Fremantle, while idyllic Margaret River has old-growth hardwood forests, award-winning wineries and fabulous beaches.