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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...



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February 2015

Fireflies

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...



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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...



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January 2015

Top tips from a tropical Wedding Coordinator

Thinking about a Port Douglas wedding? Or a Queensland beach wedding? Deciding on the location of your wedding can be as daunting as organising the big day i… More...



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December 2014

Recipe from Osprey’s Restaurant

Head Chef at Osprey’s Restaurant Luukas Trautner has been kind enough to share some of his favourite recipes on the menu at Thala Beach Nature Reserv… More...



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December 2014

Q & A with Head Chef Luukas Trautner

Recently appointed as Head Chef at Osprey’s Restaurant overlooking the Coral Sea, Luukas Trautner feels right at home in Tropical North Queensland. Bo… More...



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November 2014

Win two nights at Thala Beach!

Thala Beach Nature Reserve is one of Tropical North Queensland’s finest eco rereats: win two free nights in a Eucalypt Bungalow! Here’s how to ent… More...



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November 2014

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...



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October 2014

Port Douglas in Top 10 Holiday Destinations

Port Douglas shines once again, bringing the international spotlight on Tropical North Queensland by being voted number four in the top 10 destinations i… More...



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October 2014

Gulf Route flights with Rex

Regional Express Airline (Rex) has announced they will be flying a new Cairns route as of 1 January 2015. Rex was awarded all five regulated routes that it ap… More...



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October 2014

Six top reasons to visit Port Douglas

Port Douglas is renowned for its vibrant tropical vibe tucked in behind the beachfront coconut palms. There are plenty of reasons to holiday here – i… More...



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September 2014

Dugongs – nature’s smartest mammal!

Known as the mermaid of the sea, dugongs (or manatees) are shy bashful creatures. The jury is still out on how or why dugongs were mistaken for mermaids, but s… More...



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September 2014

Thala Beach Lodge changes name to Thala Beach Nature Reserve

Thala Beach Lodge, a family owned private nature and wildlife reserve in Tropical North Queensland will be known as Thala Beach Nature Reserve effective 2… More...



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September 2014

Spring – one of the best times to visit Tropical North QLD

Cynics would say that there are only two seasons in the tropics: wet and dry. But they’d be SO wrong. While winter is absolutely delightful in Tropical Nor… More...



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August 2014

Dolphins and Whales sighted by Thala Beach Nature Reserve guests

It’s humpback whale season in Tropical North Queensland with humpbacks recently spotted by guests staying at Thala Beach Nature Reserve. Venturing no… More...



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August 2014

Great Barrier Reef Tours

The Great Barrier Reef tours options are varied and plentiful, making visiting one of the Seven Wonders of the World possible for virtually everyone.  T… More...



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August 2014

Port Douglas things to do

To say there is no shortage of Port Douglas things to do is an understatement in any language. No other region in the world is bordered by two magnificent Worl… More...



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August 2014

Visiting Cairns around the Australian G20 2014?

  We’d like to welcome any international guests travelling to the region as part of the Cairns G20 Meeting, and invite them to stay with us before or a… More...



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December 2013

Thala Beach Lodge is Coconut Crazy

Resort owners, Rob and Oonagh Prettejohn showed amazing foresight when they planted 700 coconut trees over three decades ago at beautiful Thala Beach Lod… More...