The Great Barrier Reef Australia

The Great Barrier Reef Australia

Located 45 minutes from Cairns airport on the doorstep to The Great Barrier Reef , Thala Beach Nature Reserve offers stunning resort accommodation in a private beachfront setting just south of Port Douglas.

There are certain things in life that surpass your expectations, visiting The Great Barrier Reef is definitely one of those experiences. The colours of the coral, the extraordinarily vast amount of marine life and the sheer immensity of this underwater magical world can’t help but impress even the most jaded traveller.

Thala Beach Nature Reserve is the perfect choice for a Great Barrier Reef resort as it is positioned in close proximity to the wonders of the reef.

How To Visit The Great Barrier Reef

Our Tour Desk at Thala can book any of the day trips to the Great Barrier Reef for our guests. Port Douglas Marina is approximately 15 mins from Thala. Different types of boat operators cater for different types of day trips. Whether you’re a hardcore scuba diver or a newbie snorkeller, or anything in between, there’s a trip to the Great Barrier Reef to suit your experience.

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The Great Barrier Reef

As one of the seven wonders of the natural world, the Great Barrier Reef is bigger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on earth that is visible from space.

The region is made up of over 3000 individual reef systems. Internationally the Great Barrier Reef is recognised as the world’s largest and healthiest coral reef system in the world and provides sublime experiences at a world-class destination.

Blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world’s largest coral reef, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s most remarkable natural regions, and naturally attracts millions of visitors from all over the world.

There are many ways to experience the reef. Scuba diving and snorkelling are two of the most popular activities on the reef. If you can, nothing beats actually being in the water amongst the hundreds of thousands of species of magnificent marine life.


After a day of exploring the Great Barrier Reef you’ll be pleased to return to Thala Beach Nature Reserve and relax. Set amongst the treetops on a private beachfront headland our rooms overlook either the Coral Sea or the surrounding forest. You can organise your trip to the Great Barrier Reef when you book your stay with us or on your arrival. With all operators picking up and returning guests to Thala combined with our local knowledge we can advise you on the best option for your reef visit during your stay.

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Snorkelling and Diving The Great Barrier Reef

A Great Barrier Reef snorkelling trip is about as much fun as you can have legally and one of the great attractions of snorkelling the reef is almost anyone can do it. There are numerous operators that depart from Port Douglas everyday taking hundreds of happy would-be snorkelers out to the most magical, colourful and alive reefs in the world.

Great Barrier Reef diving is one of those experiences in life that you will never forget. For most lucky enough to visit this part of the world, it surpasses expectations. Famously larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living organism on earth visible from space, the reef is world renowned for its stunning scuba diving locations.

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