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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...

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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 destinationâ… 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...

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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...

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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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...