Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef, Cape Range National Park, Australia
Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef is an exclusive safari camp hidden in the white sand dunes of Western Australia’s Cape Range National Park. Nine spacious wilderness tents are just metres from the water’s edge and the world’s greatest fringing coastal coral reef. Sal Salis accommodation and hosting style exudes ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ and Sal Salis guides deliver an extraordinary insight to one of Australia’s best kept natural secrets – Ningaloo Reef. Sal Salis’s ecological principles also ensure that your stay generates a minimal environmental footprint.
Location and Transfers
Located in the World Heritage Area of the Ningaloo Coast on the North West Cape. Sal Salis is an hour’s drive (70 kms) south of Exmouth, in the Cape Range National Park. The tents are situated just 50 metres back from the beach amongst the low lying coastal dunes.
Skywest Airlines operate a twice daily service between Perth and Exmouth and a weekly service (on Sundays) between Broome and Exmouth.
Road transfers from Exmouth Airport are available and should be pre-booked. Guests can self-drive to the camp; from Perth it will take as much as 13 hours, from Exmouth Airport the drive is less than 2 hours and from Exmouth town it is about one hour.
In keeping with the Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef philosophy of ‘Wild Bush Luxury’, the focus of your stay is the wilderness around you and its marine and land inhabitants. Your accommodation is designed to expose you to the sights and sounds outside your tent … a Red Kangaroo grazing amongst the dunes, the beautiful song of a Butcherbird or a Humpback Whale breaching just beyond the reef.
However, we also appreciate that while an exclusive bush experience does not need to be 5 star in the traditional sense, there are a few key comforts that are crucial: a supremely comfortable bed, 100% cotton linen (500 threadcount), a choice of pillows, soft bathtowels, an en suite bathroom, delicious food and great hosting.
The camp has been designed to operate in tune with the fragile environment of Cape Range National Park and as such abides by strict principles of minimal impact and sustainability. All power is solar generated, each en suite bathroom has a natureloo (marketing jargon for state of the art composting loos!), water usage is very carefully managed and no waste material escapes into the surrounding ecosystem. Native herb soaps and ecologically sound shampoos are provided. The tents are spacious and naturally comfortable – they are not intended to be 5 star hotel rooms in the bush so do not offer TVs, telephones, minibars or other modern appliances.
The main camp building is raised above the sand and coastal scrub with views out to the reef and breakers beyond. Dinner is hosted against a back-drop of rich orange sunsets over the Indian Ocean and in the cool of the evening kangaroos and wallaroos appear from the bush for their evening graze.
A bar and open lounge area with a small reference library provides a great spot to sit out the heat of day or enjoy a quiet sundowner.
The chef provides contemporary Australian cuisine with hints of bush food and native produce, guests may help themselves to the self-service bar at any time.
Facilities and Activities
Small Reference Library
Guided Gorge Walks
Whale Shark Charters
Marine Wildlife Cruises
Visits to Yardie Creek