August 2010

A Dwarf Minke Whale of a Time….

Rob Prettejohn and Rahni Sadler display an original drawing of the Dwarf Minke Whales In June,  I was contacted by Dale Paget, who introduced himself as a p… More...




August 2010

Our new website has been launched!

We’re excited to announce Thala’s new and improved website is now online! Our new site incorporates our blog + a heap of new images from The Gre… More...




April 2010

Official opening of the new bird hide!

Amongst peaceful doves and under the watchful eye of the resident nesting pair of Osprey, David Anderson and the team at Thala officially launched the newe… More...




January 2010

Coconut Chocolate

Coconut Chocolate Recipe Now that I have your attention we’ll get to the chocolate in a moment. Many people believe coconuts are bad because they contain… More...




December 2009

Papuan Frogmouth

It’s a pitch black night here at Thala. A strange repetitive sound ‘zoop zoop zoop zoop’ softly resonates through the rainforest. It is hard to tell w… More...




December 2009

Flame Tree Photos

The Flame Tree – Brachychiton acerifolius is in full flower at Thala and native to the East Coast of Australia. The Flame Tree holds a commanding stature w… More...




December 2009

Brachychiton Megaphyllus

Brachychiton Megaphyllus is related to the flame tree and very rare to Queensland. It’s a small tree with has large stiff leaves, normally found in t… More...




December 2009

Young Green Coconuts

Green Coconuts Young green coconuts contain a liquid that’s often confused with coconut milk. Coconut milk comes from the flesh, unlike the water which… More...




November 2009

Coconuts are a hit with Carl!

Carl talking Coconuts Carl Johanson is our resident Coconut guru + his Coconut Odyssey tour is proving to be a hit! There are many amazing benefits and myths… More...




November 2009

Comb Crested Jacana + Brown Backed Honey Eater

This Comb Crested Jakana was spotted at Thala foraging in saltwater The Comb Crested Jacana (Trediparra Gailinacea) is a new species added to the growing l… More...




November 2009

Ray Crooke Painting Australia

A painting at Thala has caused many questions as to its meaning. History writes that G.E Dalrymple was the first white man to land on the shores at Kewarra Bea… More...




November 2009

Cairns Birdwing Butterfly

A newly hatched Cairns Birdwing Butterfly. When it comes to BIG butterflies you don’t get better than the Birdwing Butterfly (Omithoptera priamus) or t… More...




November 2009

Ulysses Butterfly

The Ulysses Butterfly One of the great pleasures of living in Tropical North Queensland is sitting on a verandah gazing out at luxuriant rainforest. Then t… More...




November 2009

Cape York Lily Australia

The Cape York Lily at Thala Beach Lodge. Naturally distributed through the tropical areas of Australia The Cape York Lily (Curcuma Australasica) is also i… More...




October 2009

Cedar Bay Cherry

A Cedar Bay Cherry at Thala. A walk through the lush native forests surrounding Thala Beach Lodge at this time of year will yield visitors a view of the Cedar B… More...




October 2009

Green Ants Australia

Now if you thought life was busy – you haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen a green ants nest in full defense mode! They clamber all over the tree con… More...




October 2009

Dugong spotted at Thala

Thala Beach Lodge was host to a rare and beautiful visitor this week; a dugong, or ‘sea cow’ as they are sometimes called. The rare sea mammal wa… More...




October 2009

Humbled by a Humpback Whale

I have been in the water for fifteen minutes. The water is thirty-five metres deep and clear. It is now silent and shafts of sunlight meet at a point beneath me… More...




October 2009

Australian Birds at Thala

Some new and fairly rare species of Australian birds are being seen at Thala probably due to the very dry period. A Noisy Pitta (Pitta versicolor) has been sp… More...




October 2009

Top 20 Places to propose list includes Thala Beach lodge

Thala Beach Lodge has earned a spot in Travel Ninemsn’s article “Top 20 places in Australia to Propose” by David Whitley. ” Oak B… More...