It would be difficult to find a more romantic way to experience Western Australia’s magnificent Ningaloo Reef. A remote beach safari camp in the Cape Range National Park, Sal Salis is as thrillingly remote and off-grid as it gets. No Internet or phone signal, just 15 chic tents on raised platforms with supremely comfortable beds, connected by a boardwalk to the main lodge where everyone gathers for sundowners and lantern-lit three-course dinners. Local wines are in plentiful supply from the self-service bar.
Everything has been designed to preserve the pristine natural environment, which means solar power, no air conditioning and an allocated amount of water for daily showers. But this is an environment well worth protecting. The Ningaloo Marine Park is the star of the show, with more than 500 species of fish living in these waters. Depending on the time of year, guests can swim alongside majestic humpback whales and gentle whale sharks, and snorkel out from the shore to the Ningaloo Reef, the world’s longest fringing coral reef. Back on dry land, guided gorge walks lead through limestone formations to spot black-footed rock wallabies, kangaroos and emus.
Couples and families
Those seeking to get completely off-grid
THINGS TO DO AT THE CAMP:
Wake to the sound of the waves and the vast expanses of dunes and ocean
Spot kangaroos and emus in the camp surroundings
Relax in your hammock after a day’s adventures exploring gorges and coral reefs
Enjoy a sundowner on the top of a sand dune, and watch the dazzling canopy of stars begin to emerge
Settle in for an indulgent three-course dinner, where a gourmet spin is placed on the finest ingredients from land and sea
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Snorkel in the UNESCO World Heritage Ningaloo reef, home to dazzling shoals of colourful fish, reef sharks, sea turtles and rays
Hop in a kayak and paddle out to the Blue Lagoon, a deep natural aquarium home to further enchanting ocean dwellers
Hike past limestone rock formations at the Mandu Mandu gorge, or in search of black-footed rock wallabies at Yardie Creek
On visits between mid-March and July, swim with enormous whale sharks – a true spectacle of the natural world
Between August and October, glimpse humpback whales breaching on the shoreline – and maybe even swim with these magnificent creatures
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