port douglas
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...



g20
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...



coconut crazy
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...



baby ospreys at Thala Port Douglas
August 2013

The growing Osprey family at Thala

With the house firmly established after undergoing recent renovations and decorations, the young family continues to grow. It is thought by some that ext… More...



breakfast ospreys restaurant port douglas
July 2013

Breakfast in paradise – Ospreys Restaurant

Breakfast at Ospreys Restaurant is one of the highlights of the day for guests at Thala Beach Lodge Port Douglas. Perched high in the treetops, this is no ord… More...



sylvia jeffreys thala port douglas resort
June 2013

Sylvia Jeffreys’ One Day in Paradise

If you had One Day in Paradise, what would you do? That’s the challenge thrown at 20 different filmmakers by TTNQ (Tourism Tropical North Queensland) as a… More...



Curlews Reading Room
April 2013

Five Favourite Book Reading Spots at Thala

You’re booked in for some much needed tropical relaxation at Thala, and you’ve been mulling over what activities you might engage in. Adventure, roma… More...



crimson finch
February 2013

Crimson Finch

Within Thala’s stunning surrounds, it’s the native residents which often lend the resort its vibrant setting. One such resident, which you may occas… More...



QLD Weekender Thala Beach
January 2013

Thala on Queensland Weekender

When TV presenter Dean Miller and executive chef Alastair McLeod joined for an episode of Queensland Weekender, the two could hardly look more dissimilar… More...



Magpie Goose
January 2013

Magpie Goose

While sounding like some disturbing hybrid mutation that swoops residents while making loud honking noises, the magpie goose is a species in its own right… More...



Yellow Honeyeater Australia
December 2012

Yellow Honeyeater

With a name like Yellow Honeyeater, it’s no wonder this bird often chirps happily, as it conjures up such lovely imagery. It’s also a fortunate bir… More...



Brahminy Kite
December 2012

Brahminy Kite

While sounding like a sweet bird, the Brahminy Kite is not to be trifled with. With piercing dark eyes and a strongly aquiline yellow beak, the bird is primar… More...



Red Tailed Black Cockatoo
December 2012

Red-tailed Black Cockatoo

Look to the skies in the country’s north, particularly during dry periods, and you may see (or hear) a strange and beautiful bird. A dark creature with red… More...



Flame Tree
November 2012

Illawarra Flame Tree (Brachychiton Acerifolius)

The splashes of colour and vitality of Far North Queensland are part of what makes it such a wonderful destination, especially considering it’s such a se… More...



Kuku-Yalangi
November 2012

Kuku Yalanji

Originating from the rainforests of Far North Queensland, the Kuku Yalanji people have been living in harmony with the environment for over 50,000 years.… More...



Cairns Birdwing Butterfly
November 2012

Cairns Birdwing Butterfly

The largest endemic butterfly in Australia, the Cairns Birdwing Butterfly has a wingspan of up to 18cm. Besides its proportional, pterodactyl-like reac… More...



Rainbow Lorikeet
November 2012

The Rainbow Lorikeet

A colourful addition to the treetops of Far North Queensland is the rainbow lorikeet. Possessing a stunning chromatic plumage in the form of a deep-blue he… More...



Hang Gliding Port Douglas
October 2012

Hang gliding Port Douglas

Hang gliding in Port Douglas is an adventure that you will remember for the rest of your life. If you have ever wondered what flying like a bird is really like,… More...



Brain Coral
October 2012

Brain Coral

Found in warm, shallow water environments at the Great Barrier Reef and around the world, the cerebral looking brain coral lends a sci-fi atmosphere to its… More...



Hawksbill Turtle
October 2012

The Hawksbill Turtle

For many, the most awe inspiring sight at the Great Barrier Reef is spotting a turtle. These gentle, graceful creatures are marvellous to see in their natur… More...