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Airbnb Exmouth WA

You are looking for accommodation and you do a search for Airbnb Exmouth WA. Great, lots of accommodation to choose from. But what actually is Airbnb, how do they operate and how does the booking proceed. These little tips are the most asked questions from my Airbnb bookings.

Insiders tips to how Airbnb works.

‘I’ve booked an Airbnb!’ I hear this one all the time. No you haven’t booked an Airbnb, you have booked a property/bed/shed/granny flat/caravan/shoebox through a third party website located overseas, called Airbnb. So great for Airbnb (the brand) to now have half the western world calling all holiday accommodation other than a hotel room an ‘Airbnb’. Great branding, well done.

When you book through Airbnb (like ALL third party offshore booking services like HomeAway,, Agoda etc) you are paying them, not paying the owner of the property or the managers of the property. Airbnb pay us (the managers) once you are in residence. So if for some reason you need to cancel or change your booking and there is money involved, then all proceedings go through Airbnb, not us. Guests can find it difficult when they want to speak to someone. Operators are offshore and in different time zones.

In the enquiry stage through Airbnb. You cannot post any contact information. Guests will often say ‘ring me’ and post a mobile. This information is blocked from us. We cannot post an email or web address either. I totally understand that Airbnb want to retain security and also want to retain a potential booking.

Price differences

Pricing of your property, booked through Airbnb, will always be more expensive than if you booked directly with the managers or the owners. This makes perfect sense. Airbnb are a business, they need to make their cut as well as everyone else. So they will have their commissions, fees etc on top of what the owners may charge or the managers. The payout to us is roughly (as close as we can calculate) what we would have charged the guest should they have booked direct with us. The difference can be anything from $100 up to nearly $800 on some bookings. We have found that guests who do ‘shop around’ and eventually find us can claim some huge discrepancies in rates.

Saying all that, some guests just like to book through Airbnb as they are comfortable with the format and the procedure, and that is fine by us. We just want you to have all the facts.

Booking Direct

If you do a search for Exmouth Holiday Homes, which would seem obvious to me, you will find us on page 1. If you do a search for Airbnb Exmouth WA you will also find us the managers on page 1. Ningaloo Holiday Homes, page 1.

Booking direct with Ningaloo Reef Holiday Homes will guarantee you the best possible price, guaranteed.

When it goes wrong

So you have decided to book an Airbnb Exmouth WA property. You get there, only to find it looks nothing like the photos, it is filthy and you are stuck in an industrial estate. I say this with some certainty as this is what happened to some desperate guests who rang me today looking for accommodation today. Trying to get out of their Airbnb booking which was ‘nothing’ like the photos or the description. These sorts of situations are very rare. But, buyer beware! Think it through. Anyone can list their ‘place/space’ for rental. No checks or balances.


I am not having a go at Airbnb, on the contrary, I stay in many holiday homes which I have booked through Airbnb, and have only had great experiences and quality accommodation. But if I see that the property is hosted by ‘Mary’ who hosts another 10 properties in the town, then I most definitely go out of my way to find ‘Mary’, as she will give me the best price, the personal service that I may need, and I know for sure that what I am booking is what I am going to get.

So instead of automatically doing a search for Airbnb Exmouth WA, how about looking at the local businesses that are also listed on page 1 of your search results.

I will jump off that soapbox now. #bookdirect

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DIY Holiday Package to Exmouth!

Holiday Package to Exmouth

An Exmouth holiday package that you can choose and book directly. We’ll provide all the research and links so you can book and save on the perfect holiday package. No stress, no mess, simply book and save!

Who doesn’t like a short holiday to revitalise and refresh? Do you feel like escaping the wet weather of down south for a snorkelling holiday at the warm beaches of the north west of WA? We invite you to be our holiday home quests, come to the sunshine for a mini break.

Throw away the miserable weather, cloudy days and cold & flu tablets for a dosage of old fashioned #VitaminSea!

How does a three day fly in holiday to Exmouth, Western Australia sound? We take the stress from the holiday planning and provide all the links you need to book directly with the providers and save!

Book a sneaky weekend away and escape the winter blues!

TOP TIP! Booking directly with each service or provider can often get the best deals.

Choose a Return Flight

Yep a return ticket, although many people do find it hard to leave! Here’s a list of places to find out the best prices and book a plane ticket online. Depending on the time of year and the flight provider the prices may vary.

Price: Flights start at $229 one way.

Pickup a Car for Hire

A car is a great idea to hire when visiting Exmouth. The Learmonth airport is located 38kms south of Exmouth. If a car isn’t your thing there’s transfer busses that run for a fee. The Ningaloo Visitors Centre can make a booking for you. Hiring a car will allow you to get around with complete control to roam range to reef.

Price: From $89 per day.

Car Hire Exmouth at Learmonth Airport

Book a Bed

We have a huge range of homes available and each of our accommodation homes are setup uniquely. A search on our all accommodations page is the best place to find the right place for you. Here’s three of our holiday homes to get you started…



Add a Tour

What would a trip to Exmouth be without seeing the bet bits? Experience the best Exmouth has to offer on a tour. Let the locals show you the sights. Whatever your tastes there’s bound to be a tour to tickle your taste buds. Checkout our Tours page for a list of all the tours on offer. Here’s some of the most popular tours…

Price: Tour prices will change depending on the time of year and availability. For an idea the Yardie Creek tour is $35 per adult.

Swim with Whalesharks on the Ningaloo Reef

Yardie Creek

Swim with Humpback Whales on the Ningaloo Reef

Add Some Extras

Our fully self contained holiday homes are a home away from home and have all the creature comforts. However, if you feel there’s something else you might need view our extras for hire. From beach umbrellas to Eskies and beach towels. We can provide the extra things. For something a little extra special like booking activities & tours or guest amenities supplies on arrival visit the Exmouth Concierge website.

Extras for Hire

Note! Our prices are collected from external websites and may change. Bookings need to be made directly with each company to ensure you get the best price on the day. Prices are for a guide only and might even be cheaper when making the booking!

What to pack for holiday

10 Useless Things To Pack for Holiday

What to Pack for Holiday… Planning on spending time in the sun, surf and sand? A holiday is so exciting it’s often easy to overlook the most essential items and bring the most unnecessary things.

After a quick Google search there’s plenty of blog posts and websites outlining in detail all the items to pack for holiday to a sunny destination. So we thought we’d give you some details on what to leave at home!

Here’s our list of ‘What NOT to Pack for Holiday to Exmouth!‘ and a few hot tips on what to pack.

10 Useless Things to Pack for Holiday to Ningaloo


Yep, Exmouth is remote and a little off the main road… But never fear! We do have electricity to all of our holiday homes. The candles can stay at home. Apparently, candles are good for waterproofing bags and shoes too… Yep, won’t be needing much waterproofing either. Actually, that leads onto the next ‘What Not To Pack Item‘…

A Raincoat

Well… What can we say, it’s almost always summertime in Exmouth! Even if your holiday happens to be on the one or two rainy days we get here each year, the rain is often warm and best dealt with when wearing bathers.

Ugg Boots

The Ningaloo region can get a little crisp and a light jumper is sensible, for the early mornings and late evenings, however Ugg Boats might be a little over the top. Swap out the Uggies for a set of snorkels and flippers!

A Photo of Dear Mum

Ok, yes we all love our mums and if you feel the need to bring along a photo, why not bring along your mum in person instead? Actually, bring along the whole family and good friends! We have holiday accommodation to suit large group bookings.

Snow Gear

Yep. No snow here. Although, most of the beaches have sand as white as snow. A pair of polarised sunnies, a hat, 30+ SPF sunscreen, beach towels and a good book are all recommended for days spent relaxing at the beach.

The Kitchen Sink

Our holiday homes are equipped with fully self contained kitchens that contain everything including cutlery, plates, cups, can openers and even a kitchen sink. We have everything you need to whip up a yummy batch of freshly caught Coral Trout, chilli Exmouth prawns or whatever your heart desires! Just add food and you’re all set to turn your holiday home kitchen into a Master Chief Kitchen!

A Childhood Teddy Bear

Ok, so Mr Bean would always pack ‘Teddyfor a vacation, but unless you get really home sick, your childhood teddy bear could stay tucked up safe and sound in your bed awaiting your return. However, keep some space in the luggage bag for a souvenir or two from the Ningaloo Visitor Centre. If stuffed, soft, fluffy things with large cute eyes tend to exploit your loving personality there’s even cuddly Whale Sharks and turtle teddies to take home.

The Family TV

Love the footy? Can’t live with the thought of going on holiday and missing ‘the big match’ or an episode of ‘Home and Away’? Not to worry! All our holiday homes have TVs and some even have more than 1! Yay, that long awaited holiday you have always dreamed of can now come true! All our homes are fully furnished and comfortable. They come in all styles, shapes and sizes to suit all budgets too. No need to pack the family TV.

Beach Umbrella

I know what you’re thinking… Going to the beach, pack the umbrella. Sure, sounds good… Until it comes time to pack the car, than the seemingly small beach umbrella suddenly grows into an awkward, bulky nightmare. Eeeek! Not to mention trying to fit one into a suitcase for a plane trip! Oh no! Don’t worry, no stress… We’re here to help and have beach umbrellas for hire. We also have all the other hard to pack, bulky items for hire too, like highchairs, iceboxes, portacots, beach towels and much more.


Hmmm… Not sure why anyone would take chickens on holidays. Maybe for fresh eggs?? Not sure. Our Holiday Homes are fully self contained, however, food is not provided so before your add ‘chicken’ to your packing list, we’d like to express that the Exmouth local IGA supermarkets have fresh eggs, milk, bread and food. Snorkelling and swimming all day is bound to work up an appetite, so be sure to pick up all your needed food and toiletries from the Exmouth town centre. There’s also a chemist, novelty shops, surf shops, cafes and bottle shops.

We hope our tips of ‘What NOT to Pack for Holiday‘ has helped you plan your stay. We will leave you with a photo of our friendly local chickens… And before you ask… Nope, we don’t eat their eggs 😉