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Ningaloo Bonefishing 'Sal Salis'

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Bone & Fly Fishing - Ningaloo & Exmouth Gulf

Stay in luxury at Sal Salis, for a week of Australias best Bonefishing!

Sal Salis ~ Ningaloo Reef  “Has to be Australia's best game, sports & fly fishing location”

The Camp
A fishing camp with a difference – Sal Salis is no ordinary fishing camp, it is in fact one of Australia’s most luxurious tented wilderness camps and provides the perfect opportunity to combine first class living with a five star fishing experience.

Situated inside the Cape Range National Park and only metres from the beach and the Ningaloo Reef, Sal Salis offers guests an exclusive “bush camp” experience that combines comfortable accommodation, personalised service and fine wining and dining. Then step on-board the Sal Salis private fishing charter and enjoy the thrill of the best game and reef fishing Australia has to offer.

The camp offers 9 guest tents and a main lodge with views to the reef and breakers beyond. A bar and open lounge area provide a great spot to enjoy a quiet sun-downer.  Our chef provides contemporary Australian cuisine and guests may help themselves to the self-service bar at any time.

The camp has been designed to operate in tune with its fragile environment - all of our power is solar generated, each en suite bathroom has a composting toilet, water usage is very carefully managed and no waste material escapes into the surrounding ecosystem.  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 Fishing
Full day sessions are booked with local experts Brett and Simone Wolf, and will depart from either the Tantabidi boat ramp or from the Exmouth Marina depending on weather conditions for the day.

Along the western shores of the Ningaloo Reef (Lighthouse Bay to Yardie Creek) or along the the shoreline inside the Exmouth Gulf.
Ningaloo Reef fringes the western side of the Cape from the tip for about 250 km south. The reef lies anywhere from a few hundred metres to a few kilometres offshore - thus forming a giant lagoon with extensive shallow sand flats and crystal clear water. There are not big tidal movements, and the sky is more often than not cloudless. These factors combine to provide great polaroiding from the front of the boat.

The area inside the reef holds numerous fish species including trophy Bonefish as well as:

Permit
Golden Trevally
GT - Giant Trevally
Blue Trevally
Goldspot Trevally
Queenfish
Spangled Emperor
Milkfish
Giant Herring
Tarpon
Cobia
Sweetlips (blue bastards)

Season
As the water warms up from late September through the summer and autumn, the Permit turn up on the Bonefish flats in bigger numbers. There is nowhere else in Australian waters that you can cast at Bonefish and Permit on the same flats and expect to catch either!

Included in the day
Departures from Tantabidi boat ramp (30 minutes) or to Exmouth Marina (1 hour).
All refreshments including beverages, tea and coffee, light snacks and a hamper lunch will be available through the day.
Use of the True Bones boat & gear as well as all fly equipment and all guide services. Salt water flies will be supplied at cost as required. Any breakages of loaned fishing gear will be charged at cost.

Not included and payable by you if applicable are fees to cross private farm land, usually about $20 per day. Transfers to/from Sal Salis are not included.

 

The Region

Ningaloo Reef
Ningaloo Reef is a fringing coral reef located off the west coast of Australia, approximately 1200 km north of Perth. The reef is 260 km long and is Australia's largest fringing coral reef.  It is known for its seasonal feeding concentrations of the whale shark, and the conservation debate surrounding its potential tourism development. In 1987 the reef and surrounding waters were designated as the Ningaloo Marine Park.

 

Yardie Creek
Located in the Cape Range National Park, about 30 kilometres south of the camp, this ancient gorge features deep blue waters, red coloured limestone cliff faces and an array of wildlife including the rare black footed wallabies and a variety of birdlife.

Cape Range National Park
The Park surrounds Sal Salis and is a place of rugged limestone ranges, breathtaking deep canyons and 50km of pristine beaches. It covers some 50,581 hectares and its northern boundary is just 40km from Exmouth. Wildlife is abundant with a variety of birds, emus, euros and red kangaroos commonly sighted. Cape Range offers a variety of attractions and activities for visitors interested in the natural environment.

Eons ago the range was an isolated  island and as a result there are several species of plants and animals that are endemic to the area, including the red centred variety of the Sturt Desert Pea. Surveys have recorded over 630 species of flowering plants on the peninsula - a surprisingly high number for an arid limestone area.

Over 700 caves are catalogued in the Ranges and it is likely that many remain undiscovered. There are numerous gorges that provide a haven for wildlife and contain rare and unusual flora. A beautiful array of wildflowers can be seen in late winter including Sturt Desert Peas and the beautiful Bird Flower. 

Lighthouse Bay, “Vlamingh Head Lighthouse”
The Vlamingh Head Lighthouse is located 17km north of the Exmouth town. The Lighthouse overlooks Lighthouse Bay and has the distinction of being one of the few places in Australia from which you can see both the sun rise and set. The Lighthouse was built in 1912 and stands on the northernmost tip of the Cape Range.

Muiron Islands
Just 15 kilometres north of North West Cape the Muiron (pronounced 'Myoo-ron’) Marine Management Area protects one of the region’s most beautiful and bio-diverse underwater wilderness areas. The island group consists of the larger South Muiron and North Muiron islands, which are separated by a deep-water navigable channel and both run in a north-easterly direction.

Exmouth Gulf
Exmouth Gulf lies between North West Cape and the main coastline of Western Australia, it is a  rich marine environment and a nursery for humpback whales, dugong and turtles. The mangrove systems on the eastern margins are areas of high primary productivity feeding and restocking both the Gulf and the famed nearby Ningaloo Reef.  The Gulf sustains one of Western Australia's largest prawn fisheries, managed by the Kailis Fishing Group, which operates under license from the Western Australian Government.

The Town of Exmouth
Exmouth is our local town - located 1,270 kilometres (789 mi) north of Perth.  The town was established in 1964 to support the nearby United States Naval Communication Station Harold E. Holt. Nowadays the town relies more on tourism - at the 2006 census, Exmouth had a population of 1,844 whilst at the height of the tourist season the population swells to 6000.

Exmouth is one of the few areas in Australia that can boast the "Range to Reef" experience. The Cape Range National Park which has some spectacular gorges is an area of 506 square kilometres and its main area is focused on the west coast of the Cape which provides a large variety of water based sports and adventures.