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...

MossmanGorge photo by James Fisher Tourism Aust200
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...

April 2015

Carnivale 2015 festival is coming soon to Port Douglas!

Port Douglas’s fabulous festival Carnivale is just around the corner and the excitement is building! Along with old favourites like the Macrossan Stre… 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...

Humphead Maori Wrasse
March 2015

David Attenborough returns to Great Barrier Reef

  David Attenborough will return to the Great Barrier Reef nearly 60 years after his first visit, as part of a new multi-platform media project betwee… More...

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March 2015

Explore Tropical North Queensland with the locals

  Discover which Great Barrier Reef islands you can camp on or catch up on the cultural highlights of Tropical North Queensland with the destination… More...

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March 2015

‘Best moments at Thala’ photo competition winner

Thank you very much to everyone who entered our ‘Best Moments at Thala’ photo competition. We received some fantastic entries and loved seei… More...

February 2015

Happy Birthday Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures!

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures have reached the grand old age of 80 years. Happy Birthday Hartley’s! It’s a milestone worthy of celebrating for th… More...

February 2015


Darting through the night air, creating a scintillating display of wonder with its luminous beauty, the firefly puts on quite a display. And while differe… More...

January 2015

Yellow Bellied Sunbird

Adorned with a metallic blue chest and throat, and a bright plumage true to its name, the Yellow bellied Sunbird can be found fluttering about the forest sur… More...

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January 2015

Atherton Tablelands and the Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo

Thala Beach Nature Reserve is located smack in the heart of some of north Queensland’s most spectacular country. With the Great Barrier Reef as the s… More...