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Wallabies & wildlife at Thala

By | February 20th, 2017|Blog|

Thala’s onsite Rangers have spent a lifetime in the forests of far north Queensland and are on hand as wildlife experts to guide and inform guests about the diverse flora and fauna within the forests, beaches or along Thala’s rocky headland. Daily complimentary tours are personal and intimate

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Helping north Queensland’s frog population

By | February 6th, 2017|Blog|

Being green comes natural to north Queensland frogs’ best friend Deborah Pergolotti. Conservationist and founding president of Frog Safe Inc, otherwise known as the Cairns Frog Hospital, Deborah is a passionate advocate for frogs. Cairns Frog Hospital rescues and rehabilitates distressed, sick and injured frogs with the aim

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Great Barrier Reef Masters Games in Cairns

By | January 23rd, 2017|Blog|

The Great Barrier Reef Masters Games are held across the Cairns region from 25 – 28 May 2017. These popular games were first held in Cairns in 2013. The Cairns and Port Douglas region is the ideal location to host the Games and is one of Australia's most

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Staying cool in waterfalls & swimming holes during summer

By | January 18th, 2017|Blog|

The summer wet season is one of the most exciting times to visit tropical north Queensland. Sure, it’s humid but the best part is tropical drenching rains that give life to the forest. Tropical rain also ensures the creeks, rivers and waterfalls are in full flow, providing the

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10 famous Great Barrier Reef residents

By | December 27th, 2016|Blog|

Admittedly there’s a lot more than 10 famous residents but let’s keep it simple to start with. The good folks at Tourism Queensland limit themselves to just eight – known as the Great Eight (as opposed to Africa's Big Five). Legendary naturalist and the Great Barrier Reef's number

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Tap into Indigenous culture of north Queensland

By | December 19th, 2016|Blog|

North Queensland has a number of exceptional opportunities to experience the Indigenous culture of Australia’s first people. Each Monday evening elders from Kuku Yalanji visit Thala to share a personal cultural presentation, along with didgeridoo performance, which is free for all Thala guests. If your visit coincides with

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Videos show 360 degree views of Port Douglas, Great Barrier Reef & Mossman Gorge!

By | December 13th, 2016|Blog|

Brand new video clips with splendid 360-degree videos of Tropical North Queensland have recently been created to take visitors on a virtual tour of Port Douglas and Cairns and the surrounding area. If you can't touch the sand, taste the salt and see the sunrise over the Great

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Why we love Tropical North Queensland (& why you will too!)

By | November 28th, 2016|Blog|

It's true that North Queensland is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty. From rainforest to reef sounds a bit of a cliche. Until you actually look around, that is, when it's hard to avoid forest-clad mountain ranges, an endless coastline with outlying islands popping out of the

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Introducing Coco the joey

By | November 21st, 2016|Blog|

Visitors to Thala Beach Nature Reserve would be well acquainted with Apple the Wallaby who charmed all with her friendly nature and wild wallaby ways. With her recent passing after a short illness, her adorable joey Coco is being looked after by wildlife carer Jenna. A zoologist with

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Australian Birds at Thala

By | November 21st, 2016|Blog|

Birdwatchers contain yourself please! Some new and fairly rare species of Australian birds are being seen at Thala Beach Nature Reserve, probably due to the very dry period. A Noisy Pitta (Pitta versicolor) has been spotted, a very uncommon sighting so close to the coast. This beautifully coloured

Remembering Apple the Wallaby, who charmed travellers from across the globe

By | November 14th, 2016|Blog|

At Thala Beach Nature Reserve we’re blessed to share our special place with the native wildlife who call our forest home. Wallabies and lizards, birds and butterflies, sugar gliders and snakes, possums and pademelons, they all live here along with the human visitors. We see many on a

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What our fans are enjoying about Thala & Tropical North Queensland

By | November 7th, 2016|Blog|

We've been seeing some wonderful photos on Instagram lately from visitors to Thala Beach Nature Reserve and Tropical North Queensland. From beach to rainforest or relaxing in some of the private spaces across Thala, we're feeling totally chilled out enjoying your photos. Don't forget to enter Thala's photo

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WIN 2 nts at Thala: name #AppletheWallaby’s joey!

By | October 27th, 2016|Blog|

UPDATE: Kathy Mitchell is the winner of this competition, nominating the name Coco. Kathy said: "I'd like this gorgeous joey's name to be Coco after all the beautiful coconut trees at Thala which we remember from our honeymoon there." We're thrilled at Thala Beach Nature Reserve to have

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Great Barrier Reef recovers from coral bleaching

By | October 13th, 2016|Blog|

Visitors to the Great Barrier Reef are reporting that the reef is looking as vibrant, colourful and as spectacular as ever. The widely reported coral bleaching event in early 2016 had the greatest impact north of Lizard Island with coral reefs accessible from Port Douglas and Cairns little

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Aussie Backyard Bird Count is on again in October

By | September 26th, 2016|Blog|

As if Australians needed any reason to get out and enjoy their backyard, National Bird Week and the Aussie Backyard Bird Count is on again! Now in its third year, over one million birds were counted during the week long 2015 campaign. National Birdweek and the Bird Count

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Cairns Frog Hospital – saving amphibians one frog at a time

By | September 26th, 2016|Blog|

Frogs don’t get a lot of publicity, which is a bit unfair. Frogs of Tropical North Queensland are one of the forest’s most remarkable creature. For a start, they’re amphibians, which means they spend part of their life in water as well as on land. They start their

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Rare humpback whale song recorded near Port Douglas

By | September 24th, 2016|Blog|

Robert Prettejohn, the owner of Thala Beach Nature Reserve was fortunate to experience an extraordinary humpback whale encounter in the Coral Sea near Port Douglas. A humpback 'family' was sighted near Snapper Island, with a female humpback seemingly showing a young calf how to breach. While a male

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Amazing humpback whale encounter with mother & calf on Great Barrier Reef

By | September 16th, 2016|Blog|

It’s definitely humpback whale watching season in Port Douglas and Cairns! Robert Prettejohn was lucky enough to see a pod of humpback whales near Snapper Island and captured some wonderful photos above and below the water. Famous albino humpback Migaloo was also recently spotted on Great Barrier Reef

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Queensland Weekender features Thala Beach

By | September 14th, 2016|Blog|

Queensland Weekender visited Thala Beach Nature Reserve. One of the highlights of their visit was learning about the life cycle of coconuts on Thala's unique Coconut Odyssey Tour. One of many complimentary tours available for in-house guests, Guide Emma explains the different qualities of coconuts from tiny nut

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Meet the Great Eight wildlife of the Great Barrier Reef

By | September 7th, 2016|Blog|

The Great Barrier Reef’s Great Eight is the underwater equivalent to Africa’s Big Five. The Big difference however is that the Great Eight can all be viewed within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. If you’re lucky you’ll be able to get so close to one of these

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