Holidaying with Dogs

Odie just loves summer, but hates flies!!

Know the Signs and Symptoms

Heatstroke in Pets is a very serious and life threatening condition which can occur when your pet overheats and is unable to reduce their core temperature.

In Exmouth, in the hot summer months, we have many local West Australian residents holidaying in Exmouth with their pets. And why wouldn’t you! We have amazing beaches which are all pet friendly. But the temperatures in Exmouth can be extreme, often 40 – 50 deg a day for extended periods. You need to be vigilant with how you manage your pet in these conditions.

It is important to know the signs of heatstroke. Look for rapid panting that is short and sharp. They may be staffering, weak or have general lethargy. Their gums or teeth might appear dark or bright red and be sticky or dry. They maybe salivating or drooling (if anything like my two beasts, this may just be indicating that they are wanting their tucker!!) There could be vomiting and/or diarrhoea – possibly with blood present. Their rectal temperature is between 40 – 43 degrees. And at worst, their could be seizures of coma.

Some things that you can do to help lower your pets core body temperature if they are overheating or possibly suffering from heat stroke can include obvious things like, moving them to a cool shaded place. Laying them on floor tiles is a good start. You can use cool (not freezing) water to cool them down by offering small amounts to drink or by putting wet towels on their body, feet and head…much like humans. If you have a fan or air conditioner, then this will help to aid in the evaporation and cooling.

If you do suspect that your pet is suffering from heatstroke then you should contact your vet immediately. Here is the link for the Exmouth Vet Clinic. Phone number is 9949 2499 The surgery is closed Saturday and Sunday. And open Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm

Here’s a few tricks that we use on our beasts at this time of year to aid in the heat management. Water consumption (like in humans) must be increased. Add water to dry kibble and even drown the meat and vege in water, the dogs will still eat it, and it will keep them hydrated. Obviously DO NOT have the dogs in the car when it is not travelling and the air conditioner is not on. Leaving the window down is not enough and dogs can die in cars. Walk the dogs at the beach, at a park, at a lake… if possible! Not on hot pavement, or through dry hot bushland. Walk them early as possible in the day or at sunset when the temperatures are cooler.

We all know that our pets know how to ‘work the situation’ and manipulate us to get what they want, but let’s just be a little kinder in the summer months. There is no need for the ‘toughen up’ attitude!



Pet Friendly Holiday Homes

Many of our holiday homes are pet friendly.

But we highly recommend before you book your holiday house, to contact the office, have a chat to the staff, and make sure that the house you are planning to book is the best choice for your pet. Some homes have better fences, some owners only like small dogs, some owners are adamant that there are no pets inside etc. So it is best to check with us first.

Our pet friendly holiday homes all come with fully compostable dog poo bags, and we encourage you to use these to dispose of the doopers around the yard and at the beach. Dispose of thoughtfully.

You will need to provide your own dog bedding, bowls and toys. Remember that you pets are in unfamiliar territory. There will be other dogs smells at the house, the fencing maybe different, there are roaming emus in the streets, lizards, goannas, potentially even snakes at times of year. So you need to be very vigilant as to managing your pet at their new holiday house.

All our staff are pets owners and lovers. Amy has Gus the Staffy. Sandy has Chloe the Boxer, Geoff has Angus the Rhodesian Ridgeback and I (Helen) have Odie the Rhodesian Ridgeback. So we are a wealth of knowledge on all things Exmouth and dogs!


Ningaloo Reef Holiday accommodation


Choosing your Ningaloo Reef Holiday Accommodation
Sunset over the ranges from Gecko

Welcome to our new site showcasing some excellent Ningaloo Reef Holiday Accommodation in Exmouth.

Choosing your Ningaloo Reef Holiday Accommodation is an important task and should take into consideration everything that your group wants from its accommodation and also what is actually available.

We manage about 20 holiday homes in Exmouth. I will start by clarifying what a holiday home actually is. It may seem obvious but I do get asked often! It is a fully self contained ‘home’ usually on a block of land, surrounded by fence, but sometimes its an apartment, or town house/villa. But not in a complex.

Just an ordinary family dwelling. It is fully furnished, comes with all domestic items you require. Almost always has bed linen, bath towels, tea towels, and bath mats provided. It is someones personal property. So it is loved and maintained like a family home. Decorated by the owners personal taste and style. Each home is unique.

Choosing your Ningaloo Reef Holiday accommodation should be just as personal.

Find a house that has what you require as basics…how many rooms and beds do you need? Then what else is essential? Do you need a jetty for your boat? Do you have to have a swimming pool as you are holidaying in January with 4 children? Is WiFi essential as you need to keep your one man show business operation whilst on holiday? Do you need to be on the marina so that you can fish for dinner at night from your own rock wall? Do you need something cheap and cheerful as you are on a budget? Do you just need a bed and a place to keep the beers cold, cos you plan to be out fishing all day? All questions to ask yourself.

Exmouth holiday homes provide you with the many alternatives that you may require. The beauty of choosing your Ningaloo Reef Holiday Accommodation  and staying in an Exmouth holiday home is that your privacy is paramount, the range is endless, the price is economical, and the service is always just a little bit more personal.

So navigate your way around this site. It is easily broken down for you into major holiday home categories for ease of browsing. Find a property that you like the look and feel of. Send me an enquiry to check availability and pricing. It’s that simple. We will follow up with you within 24 hours at the most. Any questions are welcome as it is very important that your Ningaloo Reef Holiday accommodation is perfect for your holiday needs.

whaleshark festival exmouth

Whaleshark Festival Exmouth – Biggest event of the Year!

The Whaleshark Festival Exmouth is one of the best festivals Exmouth hosts all year! Why not plan your holiday around the Whaleshark Festival?

The festival highlights the appearance of Whalesharks off the Ningaloo coast at the beginning of the Whaleshark season. The Whalesharks arrive in Exmouth waters around May to September each year. The local community enjoys celebrating the relationships with the Whalesharks. The connections they have with these majestic creatures are celebrated with a yearly festival. The Festival highlights education about the Whalesharks importance in the Ningaloo area.

Everything and more!

Everything and everyone will be there! Events throughout the include:

  • A Gala opening at the Novotel Ningaloo Resort.
  • float parade
  • A family fun run event
  • A huge festival day on Talanjee Oval
  • Live entertainment throughout the whole weekend!
  • and beach games with money giveaways!

As well as heaps more!

Each year the Exmouth community come together to make each year bigger and better than the year before. People come from all over the world to swim with these gentle giants, the majestic Whalesharks. Come along during the Whaleshark festival and celebrate what these beautiful creatures mean to the Exmouth community and visitors.

Information on Whaleshark Festival Exmouth!

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Our holiday homes book out early during the Whaleshark festival.  Book your Exmouth holiday home early so you don’t miss out on all of the festival festivities. We have holiday homes to suit everyone’s needs. We can cater to make your next stay one of the most enjoyable holidays in Exmouth.

You can even swim with a Whaleshark on your Exmouth holiday! Checkout our lists of tours in Exmouth page. Swimming with a Whaleshark in it’s natural environment is something just about anyone can do, from 3 year olds to 90 year olds!

See you at the next Whaleshark Festival at Exmouth for a fantastic fun week!