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Thala Beach Lodge’s eco resort accommodation is located on a private headland north of Cairns and 16 km south of Port Douglas Australia. Once out of the city of Cairns the ocean drive towards Port Douglas follows the contours of rainforest mountains that plunge into the waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Turning into the 145 acres of Thala’s grounds the drive weaves through a coconut plantation to expose beautifully appointed bungalows secluded amongst native forest and surrounded by exquisite tropical beaches. Thala Beach Lodge is an exclusive Port Douglas accommodation destination on the doorstep of The Great Barrier Reef.
There are 4 different accommodation options at Thala - Jungle Walk Bungalows, Eucalypt Bungalows, Coral Sea Bungalows and The Sandpiper Suite.
The Coral Sea and Eucalypt Bungalows are available for a room only rate or as all inclusive.
Sandpiper Suite is privacy and romance with a view that follows the decent of dunes on to a long golden stretch of a beach lapped by the Coral Sea. It perches on the southern most point of the headland with views of small islands and an unbroken horizon.
Perched on the headland Sandpiper is privacy and romance at the edge of one of the world’s natural treasures, The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Sandpiper has a private verandah, lounge and spacious bedroom, living area and large balcony overlooking our two secluded beaches.
Coral Sea Bungalows offer the ultimate in what Thala’s environment has on display. They follow the higher ridges of the headland and look through and over the top fringes of the forest canopy to a spectacular view over the ocean yet are unobtrusively tucked away into the natural landscape.
From the seclusion of your verandah you might see Ospreys, Bryde’s whales or a pod of rare Australian Snub Fin Dolphins that are resident and commonly seen in this area.
Each day is different.
Our Coral Sea Bungalows are exciting both in their location and their style.
Available As All Inclusive or Room Only
Thala’s Eucalypt Bungalows capture the intimate feel of our unique tropical forest. Tropical birds often rest in the treetops directly off the balcony.
Eucalypt Bungalows are individually placed and border the paths as they rise up the headland through Eucalypt forest. The rise affords height for the verandahs that are perfect for watching for birds and butterlies as they settle and feed in the forest canopy. There is a priviledged feeling of intimacy with our unique tropical forest and it’s inhabitants.
Recent guests commented that on their first morning they drew the curtains to behold the treetops at their balcony’s edge festooned with colourful Rainbow Lorikeets and numerous Honeyeaters. The colourful spectacle took their breath away. They described their Eucalypt Bungalow as the world’s most luxurious bird hide!
By day spectacular butterflies and birds pass right by your balcony and on a still night you might hear the cackle of the Orange Footed Scrubfowl or the distant howl of wild dingoes. There is nothing more memorable or evocative of Australia’s wild places.
Available As All Inclusive or Room Only
Jungle Walk Bungalows capture the intimate feel of the unique woodland forest, are finished in subtle natural colours, and located deep within the forest furthest from the main lodge area.
Tracks through the vine forest and birding paths are within easy access.
Jungle Walk Bungalows accommodate 2 people.
The following extras are included in a Standard ‘Room Only’ booking:
The following extras are included in an ‘All Inclusive’ booking:
Australian timber and granite has been used throughout creating an ambience that is a reflection of the surrounding natural environment. With private verandah’s capturing the tropical atmosphere of the area Thala Beach Lodge is a Port Douglas accommodation option that will make an impression. There are places in the world that leave an indelible finger print by leaving the visitor with a deep feeling of having touched the pulse of the place and the environment they are in – Thala is one of them. It is a destination unmistakably born of the Australian tropics in its fauna and flora, and it’s feeling of space and light. On the cusp of a natural headland the main building looks out on the expansive spread of the Coral Sea with the dip and spectacular rise of green clad mountains. The feeling of wilderness and freedom is palpable.
More than a Port Douglas accommodation destination Thala offers opportunities for guests to experience the natural environment it’s philosophy nurtures. Among the staff are knowledgeable guides who provide a number of experiences free to Thala guests. Port Douglas hotel guests are offered walks through ancient vine forests, birding along tracks that weave the native forest where butterflies are prolific, beach combing, and an informative presentation on the history and nutritional value of coconuts in the plantation. The nesting Ospreys who are permanent residents of Thala will keep a close watch over you. Watching the mesmerising glitter of stars in the tropic sky from Thala’s own observatory with a background of jungle noises is an experience not to be missed.
Great care has been taken to individually locate the bungalows amongst the natural surrounds of the forest and beach to take maximum advantage of Thala’s environment. Sensitivity has been applied to the design of the deluxe bungalows, which are built high on timber poles, looking out through the canopy of trees. They are designed to compliment and blend with the environment rather than dominate.
Tucked between The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Australia’s World Heritage Tropical Forests, your spacious Port Douglas resort bungalow is available in four distinct accommodation categories providing all the material comforts that allow for a feeling of luxury after a day of exploring the tropics.
Thala Beach Lodge is a Port Douglas accommodation destination that offers a natural experience beyond just a place to stay – it is a place to be, to feel and refresh. The unique private headland, beaches and forest are a meeting place for the residents of our tropics and our guests. Thala is within easy access to the city of Cairns and the closer coastal holiday village of Port Douglas. Port Douglas hotel accommodation at Thala is the soft footprint that reflects our environmentally sensitive approach to tourism with individual bungalows nestled amongst natural forest.
Each bungalow has air-conditioning, ceiling fans, private verandahs, IDD telephones, dvd, cd, radio, television, minibar, tea and coffee facilities, full height wardrobe, generous draw space and hair dryers. The bathrooms have separate shower and bath. Room service and porterage provided.