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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...



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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...



Anzac Park
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...



Port Douglas Markets, Anzac Park
October 2014

Six top reasons to visit Port Douglas

Port Douglas is renowned for its vibrant tropical vibe tucked in behind the beachfront coconut palms. There are plenty of reasons to holiday here – i… More...



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September 2014

Dugongs – nature’s smartest mammal!

Known as the mermaid of the sea, dugongs (or manatees) are shy bashful creatures. The jury is still out on how or why dugongs were mistaken for mermaids, but s… More...



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September 2014

Spring – one of the best times to visit Tropical North QLD

Cynics would say that there are only two seasons in the tropics: wet and dry. But they’d be SO wrong. While winter is absolutely delightful in Tropical Nor… More...



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September 2014

TAFE tourism students visit Thala Beach Nature Reserve

Fifteen Travel and Tourism students from TAFE QLD visited Thala Beach Nature Reserve. Read full story in the Port Douglas and Mossman Gazette Aug 2014… More...



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August 2014

Dolphins and Whales sighted by Thala Beach Nature Reserve guests

It’s humpback whale season in Tropical North Queensland with humpbacks recently spotted by guests staying at Thala Beach Nature Reserve. Venturing no… More...




February 2011

The Great Barrier Reef Australia – Coral Research

Recent flooding in South East Queensland and the recent cyclone Yasi means weather in Australia is a hot topic at the moment. Mother nature is a powerful and… More...




November 2010

Cassowary Identification Project Mission Beach Australia

Liz Gallie is urging people to take photographs and document sightings of Cassowaries around Mission Beach for The Cassowary Identification Program. Ms… More...




October 2010

Permaculture Convergence Australia

The 10th Australasian Permaculture Convergence happened in Kuranda, North Queensland Australia on the 24th – 27th September 2010. Special guest spea… More...




September 2010

The Australian Dingo

The Australian Dingo is Australia’s native dog. They are thought to have originally appeared in Asia over 10000 years ago as a descendant of one of man’… 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...




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...




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...




September 2009

The Great Barrier Reef Australia

Snorkelling on The Great Barrier Reef The world’s biggest living structure is The Great Barrier Reef. The only living thing visible from EarthR… More...