One of our local residents enjoying a 'spa treatment' - buffalo style!
Bamurru Plains is located on a 600 sq kilometre working buffalo station on the Mary River floodplains. The water buffalo live in and around the floodplain system and are often found wandering near the main lodge area.
Their only natural predator in Australia are large adult saltwater crocodiles with whom they share the billabongs and floodplains. It's no wonder this buffalo wants to toughen its hide with a mud bath!
On the 15th of June 2011, the world observed the largest Lunar Eclipse. This incredible phenomenon, known as a deep lunar eclipse, often exudes a coppery colour, but was enhansed because of the amount of ash in the atmosphere. It was the longest lunar eclipse in a decade.
The total lunar eclipse was visable for over 100 minutes in different parts of Asia, Europe and Africa. People in Australia, Singapore and India were the first to see the beautiful eclipse.
Here are some amazing photographs taken by our field guide Stuart Dann at Arkaba Station between 4.30am and 4.45am.
The nine luxury safari tents of Sal Salis - the only accommodation in the Cape Range National Park adjacent to Ningaloo Reef - is located in the heart of the newest World Heritage Area: the Ningaloo Coast, which was announced in Paris on Friday, June 24.
Over 600,000 hectares have been incorporated in the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area, including Ningaloo Reef itself and the Cape Range National Park. The listing officially recognised:
Whale sharks frequent Ningaloo Reef between March and August each year - and snorkelling alongside the world's largest fish is one of the world's greatest wildlife experiences.
Book your whale shark experience with Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef today!
Bookings can be made online or by phone 1300 790 561 (within Australia) or +61 2 9571 6399
For avid bird watchers, this quaint bird hide is the perfect place to relax and enjoy nature. Mangrove Bay is in the Cape Range National Park, and is just a short drive away from the Sal Salis camp. The tranquil environment and well camouflaged shelter allow the observer to watch wildlife and especially birds at close quarters. There is a vast variety of birdlife ranging from Peilicans, White Bellied Sea Eagles, Eastern Reef Egrets, Heron and Whistling Kites.
The extensive mangrove root system acts as a nursery habitat for juvenile fish seeking refuge. Mullet and Mangrove Red Snapper are the most common species here, and can often be seen and heard splashing around. Pictured below is a Mangrove Crab taking shelter in the mangroves at low tide.
It has been a big mornings fish at Sal Salis!
It was a late start to the day as we didn't leave the mooring until about 10 am, but it didn't take us long to get the lines in the water as we motored out through the north passage.
The Sal Salis Fishing boat is a brand new LeisureCat 8000 Sportsfisher which carries the latest range of Shimano fishing equipment and is designed to carry four anglers plus our skipper and deck-hand. There is a private toilet facility on-board and all catering and refreshments are supplied, so it was game on and off to the reef!
Our skipper, Murray Pattison - born in Zimbabwe but now a ‘true blue West Aussie', is as experienced and passionate as they come, and a well respected game and bill fishing specialist for the Exmouth region. With crew like that you are sure to get into some pelagic action.
Conditions were perfect under a clear blue sky with no swell to speak of and hardly a breath of wind. After only a short half hour we got our first hit with line tearing off the reel! It was a long struggle but we finally saw the first bit of colour and it was a nice Yellowfin tuna doing the usual big sweeps under the boat. We eventually got it landed and now it was all on!
There was bird action all around the boat and big tuna were busting up the water surface everywhere. We set ourselves for the next run and had only got the second rod half out when it got hit again - this is as good as it gets!! It was another solid half hour fight before we finally had our second big Yellowfin in the boat.
The action continued like this for the next couple of hours until we'd landed six more big fish and one head that the sharks had got to first. By this stage we were just about worn out and had sharks circling all around the boat trying to get in on the action as well as a big pod of Spinner dolphins.
The final tally for the day was one Striped tuna, a Dolphin fish and six big Yellowfin tuna. The biggest of the Yellowfin came in at 45 kg and 1.37 m and we were tied up back at the mooring by a bit after 2 pm. Not bad for half a day's fishing!
Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef was honoured to receive the Gourmet Traveller 2011 award for Best Sustainable Tourism Venture. Over the last 5 years the Gourmet Traveller Travel Awards have recognised Australia's most outstanding destinations and tourist operators who are dedicated to showcasing Australia's best assets to the world.
Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef has been developed in line with strict guidelines set down by the Western Australia Department of Environment and Conservation. All structures are built on platforms above the ground, which minimises impact on the environment; all power is solar generated and water usage is minimal. Sal Salis' team of experienced field guides bring a wealth of knowledge and a genuine passion for the environment during the activities that they run for guests, while the camp's lodge team ensure that the 'Wild Bush Luxury' touches are not forgotten in an immersive yet supremely comfortable stay in the bush.
In addition to this award Sal Salis also received the runner up award for Best Adventure Tourism in the reader's choice award.