Minke Whale
February 2016

Great Barrier Reef features in Attenborough documentary

  Tropical North Queensland’s dwarf minke whales star in Sir David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef documentary series which was released in… More...

January 2016

Discounted Airnorth flights to Cairns start in March 2016

Cairns and Port Douglas will benefit from more flights as Airnorth starts operating new flights into Cairns Airport from 14 March 2016. Direct services wi… More...

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January 2016

10 reasons why the wet season is the fun season!

The wet season in Tropical North Queensland is traditionally the low season for holiday makers. While southern Australia is bathed in summer sunshine (so… More...

January 2016

Carnivale festival in Port Douglas

Port Douglas’s fabulous festival Carnivale is an annual fun-filled festival held throughout Port Douglas venues each April. Along with old favourite… More...

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December 2015

Book your Cairns IRONMAN accom at Thala Beach Nature Reserve

The Cairns Adventure Festival, which includes Cairns IRONMAN and Cairns IRONMAN 70.3 is an action packed event in Tropical North Queensland from 5 – 12 J… More...

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December 2015

North QLD Indigineous designers feature at Melbourne Fashion Festival

The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) fashion performance, Birrimbi Dulgu Bajal (Rainforest and Sea Dreaming), will take its performance to Melbourne i… More...

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December 2015

Coral reef research to reverse rapid decline

The quest to stabilize and restore coral reefs, a critical component of our ocean ecosystem, is receiving increased help through a unique research projec… More...

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November 2015

10 of the Most Photographed creatures of the Great Barrier Reef

A loveable little orange clownfish named Nemo has a lot to answer for. The Great Barrier Reef has never been so popular since Nemo and his fabulously forgetf… More...

Great Barrier Reef snorkelling
November 2015

Great Barrier Reef coral spawn: happening soon!

Unless you’ve been hiding in a world wide web black spot behind a sand dune, you’ve probably already heard about nature’s spectacularly synchronis… More...

November 2015

Tropical North Queensland awards excellence in tourism

The Cairns Convention Centre and long-serving tourism industry leaders Stephen Gregg and James Dixon were awarded for their contribution to tourism exc… More...

Great Barrier Reef Drive
November 2015

Captain Cook Hwy to be known as Great Barrier Reef Drive

THE picturesque drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation will now be known as the Great Barrier Reef Drive after getting the nod from State Government. The ide… More...

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October 2015

Australia on Lonely Planet’s ‘must visit’ list in 2016

Leading global travel authority Lonely Planet has chosen Australia as one of the world’s Top 10 Countries for next year in LONELY PL… More...

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October 2015

5 of the best Indigenous tours around north Queensland

Thanks to the good folk at Tourism and Events Queensland for this fabulous article on Indigenous tours that depart from Cairns or Port Douglas. There’s s… More...

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September 2015

Lace monitor lizards at Thala Beach Nature Reserve

Lace monitor lizards are great tree climbers and wander several kilometres each day foraging for food. There are many of these lizards inhabiting Thala… More...

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August 2015

Great Barrier Reef is a World Heritage wonder

The Great Barrier Reef gets plenty of media coverage. It’s no surprise really, given its one of the planet’s most fabulous eco-systems. It’s also a h… More...

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July 2015

Aboriginal Australia: our country is waiting for you

Mossman Gorge is located in the southern part of the World Heritage listed Daintree National Park, and is approximately 20 minutes drive from Thala. Eco-s… More...

June 2015

Happy birthday to the world’s largest crocodile in captivity

The saying goes to never smile at a crocodile, but Cassius the saltwater crocodile couldn’t help but leave his audience smiling as the ‘salty… More...

May 2015

There’s a Wallaby in the lobby!

We’re blessed at Thala to have an abundance of wildlife inhabiting our 58 hectare nature reserve. Agile wallabies are becoming increasingly frien… More...

May 2015

Dwarf minke whales close to the heart of Thala’s owner

It’s hard to believe that a whale species the size of an African elephant went unidentified by man until 1981, but that is exactly what happened with t… More...

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April 2015

Winning video highlights Kuku Yalanji culture

The winner of the Paradise Through Your Lens video competition is Perth based filmmaker Jarrad Seng. This talented filmmaker took out first prize with an e… More...