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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 Apple’s adorable 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 is being looked after by wildlife carer Jenna. A zoologist with experience

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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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Married at First Sight – filmed at Thala!

By | September 6th, 2016|Blog|

Married at First Sight is an Australian reality television series based on the Danish program which is currently screening on the Nine Network. The show features couples who are matched by three experts, who agree to marry when they first meet. Married at First Sight follows four couples

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Frogs are checking into Cairns Frog Hospital

By | July 4th, 2016|Blog|

Cairns Frog Hospital has been caring for sick and injured frogs in Tropical North Queensland for almost twenty years. During that time almost 2,500 frogs (as well as countless toads and tadpoles) have been admitted to the frog hospital. Most have since been rehabilitated and returned to their

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Magda Szubanski is special guest at Cairns Tropical Writers Festival

By | June 27th, 2016|Blog|

The Cairns Tropical Writers Festival (12 – 14 August 2016) is the pre-eminent literary event on the north Queensland calendar. One of Australia's best loved Australian entertainers, Magda Szubanski, is the first guest author to be announced for the line up of the 2016 Cairns Tropical Writers Festival.

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Thala welcomes Dawn Princess cruise ship to Cairns

By | June 20th, 2016|Blog|

The first of Princess Cruises’ Sun class vessels sailed into Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal recently marking the beginning of terrific opportunites for visitors to explore Tropical North Queensland before or after a luxury cruise. Travellers are now able to take a cruise ship to Cairns in order to

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Wonders of the Great Barrier Reef Australia

By | June 13th, 2016|Blog|

Australia is home to the world's biggest living structure. Running almost the whole length of Queensland, The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from space. Made of  thousands of small reefs, islets, atolls and islands, the Great Barrier Reef starts near Bundaberg in the south and continues north

Saltwater crocodiles – be ‘crocwise’& view them safely

By | June 1st, 2016|Blog, Destination Guide|

Saltwater crocodiles go by a few different names. Estuarine crocodile, Indo-Pacific crocodile, sea-going crocodile or simply just ‘saltie’ are some of their names. Not to be confused with the fresh water variety, which are smaller and generally less fearsome, salties inhabit the northern coastline of Australia across Queensland,

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Celebrating World Oceans Day with a special seafood menu

By | June 1st, 2016|Blog|

June 8th is World Oceans Day and we're laying on the water-infused charm on the shores of the Great Barrier Reef. At Thala Beach Nature Reserve we're committed to environmental sustainability across all facets of our nature-based retreat. From the way we maintain our 58ha of native forest

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