Sal Salis, Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
Author: Tahlia Maynard Date Posted:6 January 2017
Imagine for a moment a place that can let you appreciate the timelessness of the Outback and the limitlessness of the ocean, all at once. That place exists, and goes by the name of Sal Salis.
Average Winter Temp: 23°C
Average Summer Temp: 36°C
Traditionally inhabited by: West Thalanyji people
A one-of-a-kind beach safari experience proudly showcased on Western Australia’s coast, bound by nothing but dunes on one side, and the ocean with its coral reefs on the other. Guests at Sal Salis have exclusive access to one of Australia’s best preserved natural ecosystems. The only accommodation here takes the shape of a handful of eco-luxe tents tucked among the dunes and commanding a majestic view of the coast. Coral reefs just a few metres off the coast invite you to explore the marine ecosystems within. Whale sharks keep you company in the turquoise waters, while red kangaroos, echidnas, euros and emus present themselves as you go about exploring the land.
A date with nature, garnished with all the comforts of a luxury stay, a holiday at Sal Salis has all the makings of a bucket-list feature. Rugged terrain waits to be explored, an endless underwater universe beckons, and centuries of history reveal themselves over delicious food and fine wines. The next time you’re in the mood for a break, drive off towards the Western Australian coast, and escape into the slice of paradise that is Sal Salis.
Attractions & Activities:
- Guided Gorge Walks
- Nature Trails
- Whale Shark Swim
- Humpback Swim
- Ningaloo Reef
- Wave Rider
Caravan Parks / Accommodation:
Accommodation within Sal Salis is limited to sixteen eco-luxe tents. Caravanning tourists would need to park outside the property. We’re listing some of the caravan parks closest to the site here:
Yardie Homestead Caravan Park
A lovely property just 35km north of Sal Salis, Yardie Homestead Caravan Park offers a vast array of stay options, from shady caravan sites to chalets, cabins and shearer’s quarters. Offering the full range of modern amenities (hot showers, toilets, laundry, kitchen, BBQs, swimming pool) in an eco-friendly site, this caravan park can hold its own as a family holiday getaway. There’s a lot to do, from fishing to snorkelling and kayaking. The premises are pet friendly, as long as all four-legged beings are kept on a leash.
$30/night for 2 persons, powered sites; $10 for every additional person; $8 per child (6-15 years)
(Cabins, chalets and shearer’s quarters are also available. Tariffs start at $120.)
RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Park
Strategically located at the beginning of the Ningaloo Reef, RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Park is a great base from which to explore the natural delights of the Ningaloo Coral Coast. Easily accessible via shuttle bus service (between Exmouth and Learmonth Airport), the property offers the full range of accommodation options, from caravan sites supported by all amenities, to dorm rooms, cabins and self-contained rooms. The management offers attractive membership plans that can get you 20% discounts on tariffs.
$36/night for 2 persons, unpowered sites; $31/night for members (Base tariff; subject to increase)
$45/night for 2 persons, powered sites; $38/night for members (Base tariff; subject to increase)
Ningaloo Caravan and Holiday Resort
Another popular caravan park at the gateway to Ningaloo Reef, Ningaloo Caravan and Holiday Resort packs a punch with its unique amenities and perks. These include an award winning restaurant, on-site massage therapists, mini-golf courses within the property, and a variety of eco-tours to be engaged in. Set amid frangipani trees and an atmosphere of relaxed sophistication, the pet-friendly property offers 250 powered and 40 unpowered sites.
$32/night for 2 persons, unpowered sites (off-peak season rate)
$40/night for 2 persons, unpowered sites (peak season rate)
$35/night for 2 persons, powered sites (off-peak season rate)
$50/night for 2 persons, powered sites (peak season rate)
($12 for every additional person; $9 per child)
Free Camping / Low Cost Camping:
Caravanning tourists can look up the locations of roadside rest areas in Western Australia on the Main Roads WA website. Many of these support overnight stopovers and permit pets as well. If you’re willing to stretch your budget a tad bit, camping grounds such as Ned’s Camp, in the Cape Range National Park (20km from Sal Salis), can fetch you basic amenities at $10 per person.