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Last minute accommodation in Exmouth

We love late bookings in our holiday homes in Exmouth. There are great bargains to be had. Not always the best idea to simply arrive into town to then look for accommodation, but very often we can easily put you up last minute in one of our great holiday homes.

Today I got an email at 7am from a Bunbury couple and their wee highland terrier, looking for 4 nights accommodation. Driftwood was available which is also pet friendly. They swung by the office at 13 Griffiths Way, I took their full payment, they followed me over to the house, and they are now out fishing from Bundegi Boat Ramp. Very simple process.

So whilst I dont recommend that you try this during school holidays or peak times, you can sometimes jag a last minute holiday house in Exmouth…with ease through Ningaloo Reef Holidays.

Short Term Accommodation in Exmouth

All our holiday homes in Exmouth are subject to minimum night stays. Each owner decides what they feel is appropriate to their home and their requirements.  None of our homes have minimum night stay requirements of under 3 nights.

Homes accepting 3 nights or more – Coral, Turtle and Marlin

Homes accepting 4 nights or more – Amberjack, Frangipani, Driftwood, Oyster, Jurabi, Tusk.

Homes accepting 5 nights or more – Mandu Villa

Homes accepting 7 nights or more – Cobia and Seabird.

Please note that on the cheaper homes there is a loading for shorter night stays to cover the costs of the cleaning of the home (which is the same cost regardless of whether you stay 14 nights or 3 nights.) Remember these are houses the same size as a full home, they are not hotel rooms, so they take time to clean in between guests, hence the additional costs.

We cannot accept one or two night bookings due to the low tariffs we charge and the high costs to maintain a home.


How to beat the heat in Exmouth.

Ok, so we are now in the swing of summer. Here are my tips for you.

  • make it part of your habit. Do not leave the house without a water bottle and sip water regularly all day. You will sweat much more than usual and wont even notice it.
  • It obvious, but put a hat on as soon as you walk out the door, apart from the obvious sun implications, you will dehydrate from your scalp and you need to keep this as cool as possible.
  • Ankles swelling? Raise them at night, eat less salty foods, drink less alcohol and go for a walk in the ocean.
  • Eat foods high in water content like watermelon and salads.
  • If it is very hot in town, it will be much cooler on the other side of the peninsula. Head out of town and hit the beach.
  • Get in the water and cool down. Pack water, pack a hat, pack sunscreen, put on a rashie, set up a sunshade, get into the water. Cool your body temperature down immediately.
  • All too hard? The town pool is always there for a quick dip. Or even getting wet at any one of the Gulf beaches will do the trick, the water is much warmer than the beaches on the other side, but you are at least wet!
  • Use your airconditioners wisely. They are very efficient and will cool down the house quickly. I beg you not to leave them on all day and go out. It’s a waste of power and money and completely unnecessary. All it will do is raise the tariffs for next time as the owners get their power bills.  Please consider this.

October School Holiday Accommodation Exmouth

Yes. We still have some very limited dates for this years October School Holiday break.

Frangipani – available  October 7th onwards. $150 a night minimum 7 night bookings

Jurabi – we had a cancellation so we have this home for both weeks. Families only. $200 a night minimum 7 night bookings

Christmas 2011 and New Year 2012 are heavily booked already. I have Frangipani available for a two week booking only over the break at $150 a night, Oyster is still available for all dates, Mandu for dates leading up to New Year, departing on the 27th December and two new houses which I will have to offer you in the coming months.

Be organised and book early is my suggestion. Avoid the last minute rush.

School holiday bookings for next year in April and Easter are nearly full already so if you are planning on coming you best make enquiries now.

Want to take your dog on holiday with you?

Some of our lovely owners are dog owners and dog lovers also. They are happy for you to stay in their house with your pet…but there are conditions!!

* Do not leave the dog at home when you are out. It will only bark and the neighbours will get cranky and ring the Ranger. Not fair on the neighbours or the dog.
* Dogs are not allowed in the houses. The next guest may have allergies to pet hair, and the cleaners dont want to spend hours getting the place hair free. Just not allowed!
* If the dog gets out and runs amok around the streets and it picked up by the Ranger…you only have yourself to blame. Nothing to do with us or the owners.
* Dogs are not allowed in the Cape Range National Park but are welcome on most beaches other wise.
* Pick up all the doo doo before you leave and put in bags and put in bin. Not loose so that it can stink out the bins for the next guests.
* If the dog digs in the garden, you must rectify before you leave or we will charge you (at Exmouth rates!!) for a gardener to come in and replace plants and fix.
* Remember to give it more water than you usually do at home…it wont be used to the heat and will dehydrate just as easily as you will.

Look at Coral, Cobia and Marlin if you are interested in bringing your pet with you. All bookings are subject to the owners approval first…it’s not a given!

Bundy with his sunnies on ready for action.

Exmouth or Ningaloo Accommodation

When searching recently for some holiday home accommodation in Exmouth I found myself in the United Kingdom, forgetting we had neighbours accross the waters sharing our town namesake. It made me think how easy it is to get lost on the web when searching.

The new predictive search used by Google is a great way to save time typing, but it does not always lead you to where you wish to go. I have since opted for being quite specific when searching. For example: when looking for holiday accommodation in Exmouth I find it easier to type ‘Ningaloo” as apposed to Exmouth, the search engines take me exactly to where I want to go.

You can waste alot of time scrolling through unrelated sites (say for Exmouth) when you really wanted Ningaloo Accommodation…thinking outside the box!

Back to Basics on Exmouth info

We are getting quite a few interstate and international guests coming to stay in Exmouth at our great holiday houses. Some of the questions they are asking me with regards to the town, the Ningaloo Reef etc… I think I take for granted. So I am going to post the most common questions and answers:

Q. Will I need a car in Exmouth or are there buses that run around? A. You will need a car if you are planning on visiting the Ningaloo Reef and the ranges or gorges. You can however just use the services of the dive companies if you are planning on only going out with these guys. Could work out expensive, but they will pick you up from your door when you are booked with them. There are no bus services that run around. There are however charter buses.

Q. Is the beach walking distance from my accommodation? A. Unless you are staying in one of our Marina or beachfront homes then not really walking distance. In saying that you can easily walk to the beach it is about a 15min walk from the town centre. The town is situated back from the beach due to the occasional cyclone that comes through.

Q. What is the night life like? Are there any clubs or pubs? A. Definitely no clubs, but there are two pubs, The Potshot Tavern and Gracies Tavern. Both do good pub grub, but they are pretty laid back affairs. Nightime socialising is usually on the back verandas of the holiday homes for a quiet bevvy after a big day fishing, diving, snorkeling or lounging on the beach.

Hope that helps.

Milyering Visitor Centre

Once you get into the national park, it is a must to call into the Milyering Visitor Centre. This is especially so if you have children or if you have never been to the area before.

It is 52km from Exmouth and hosts an array of interpretive displays, great theatre screenings of underwater action, and a fabulous library containing information regarding the surrounding marine and national parks. There is also a great gift shop.

At the waters edge in front of the centre are some of the best snorkeling beaches on the coast line. Lakeside is a popular overnight caravan spot, but the shallow beach and snorkeling is unrivalled. Kori Bay and T-Bone Bay are within a kilometer of each other and the turquoise waters are simply breathtaking.

So go the the Milyering Centre then stay for the beaches!

The Ningaloo Reef is perfect snorkeling

The Ningaloo Reef is perfect snorkeling

Monkey Mia and beyond

It’s a fair drive from Perth to Exmouth. I like to stop along the way for a night and here are some of my favourite spots.

Monkey Mia is only 720 km from Exmouth. Easily done in a day and roughly half way in your journey. There is plenty of accommodation in Denham and those dolphins are still coming ashore every evening for a feed.

Northhampton is just the other side of Geraldton and if you are looking for a ‘quiet’ nights sleep there are some great Bed and Breakfasts in town including one I stay at all the time – The Ostrich Farm.

Kalbarri and the surrounding towns like Port Gregory and Horrocks Beach are great stop off points with caravan parks and chalets all the go in these wonderfull beach front towns.

So there is no need to push yourself to get to your ultimate destination on the Ningaloo Reef. Take your time and smell the roses (or wildflowers!) along the way.

School Holidays – What’s left?

It is that time of year again, when the panic starts and all those families who missed out on accommodation in Exmouth last year, try to get some for this year.

So here is my update. We are completely sold out in all homes for July School Holidays 2010. All homes are full for July second half of the month with some dates in Frangipani still available. Patchy dates available for August onwards in all homes.

Still some good availability in our newest home Mandu Villa for August and September which wont last long.  Prime dates for 2011 already booked and confirmed on this home.

There is also some September/October School Holiday dates availability in Frangipani, Turtle, Marlin, Ocean Breeze, and Mandu Villa. But dates are limited.

My advice is this…if you are locked into dates then you MUST book at least a minimum of 6-12 months in advance for the School Holiday dates. If you are able to be flexible then you can leave your planning a little later.

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