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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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Green Ants of Australia & why they’re busy little rainforest builders

By | May 29th, 2016|Blog|

Green tree ants are essential builders in the rainforest. They're like the worker bees of the ant world. The native forest of Thala Beach Nature Reserve is a thriving habitat for these insects. If you thought life was busy,  you haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen a green

Whale sharks on the Great Barrier Reef

By | April 12th, 2016|Blog|

The world’s largest fish, the whale shark, is rarely spotted in the waters off the north Queensland coast. A mysterious migratory creature, whale sharks are under threat worldwide So it was quite a thrill when Seton Prettejohn encountered one of these majestic creatures while out on the Great

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Celebrate Carnivale festival in tropical Port Douglas

By | March 22nd, 2016|Blog|

Port Douglas’s fabulous festival Carnivale is an annual fun-filled festival held across different venues in this beachside village. This year the festivities kick off with a tantalising taster as the fabulous Spiegeltent comes to Port Douglas from 12 to 22 May 2016. The Carnivale Festival weekend runs from

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Strap yourself in for adventure in the Daintree Rainforest!

By | March 21st, 2016|Blog|

If the most adventurous you’ve been lately is ordering a spicy Thai curry, go north my friend, for Port Douglas and its tropical surrounds are an adrenaline-junkie’s paradise. It’s where I find myself hanging upside down, 12 metres above the ground in the majestic Daintree Rainforest, with my

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Thala Beach & Tourism Australia’s coastal & aquatic campaign

By | February 16th, 2016|Blog|

Thala Beach is honoured to be included in Tourism Australia's latest promotional campaign focusing on Australia's world-class coastal and aquatic experiences. The Tourism Australia production crew spent two days filming at Thala Beach Nature Reserve's to capture the eco retreats coastal and aquatic features in ;ate 2015. Virtual

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Great Barrier Reef features in Attenborough documentary

By | February 3rd, 2016|Blog|

  Tropical North Queensland’s dwarf minke whales star in Sir David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef documentary series which was released in the United Kingdom on December and is due for worldwide release soon. Sir David Attenborough was one of those people who aspired to see the Great Barrier

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Discounted Airnorth flights to Cairns start in March 2016

By | January 27th, 2016|Blog|

Cairns and Port Douglas will benefit from more flights as Airnorth starts operating new flights into Cairns Airport from 14 March 2016. Direct services will operate from Toowoomba (Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport) direct to Cairns. New services between Toowoomba and Melbourne give Victorian travellers another option to fly

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10 reasons why the wet season is the fun season!

By | January 4th, 2016|Blog|

The wet season in Tropical North Queensland is traditionally the low season for holiday makers. While southern Australia is bathed in summer sunshine (sometimes baked rather than bathed as 40 degree-plus days become normal!) north Queensland is glistening in fresh tropical rain. The forest is lapping up warm

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Book your Cairns IRONMAN accom at Thala Beach Nature Reserve

By | December 28th, 2015|Blog|

The Cairns Adventure Festival, which includes Cairns IRONMAN and Cairns IRONMAN 70.3 is an action packed event in Tropical North Queensland from 5 – 12 June 2016. It’s outdoor adrenaline-fueled fun in some of Cairns and Port Douglas iconic locations. Thala Beach Nature Reserve sits smack in the

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North QLD Indigineous designers feature at Melbourne Fashion Festival

By | December 17th, 2015|Blog|

The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) fashion performance, Birrimbi Dulgu Bajal (Rainforest and Sea Dreaming), will take its performance to Melbourne in 2016 to feature as part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival Cultural Program in March. The news comes as CIAF announces the event’s 2016 dates.

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Coral reef research to reverse rapid decline

By | December 3rd, 2015|Blog|

The quest to stabilize and restore coral reefs, a critical component of our ocean ecosystem, is receiving increased help through a unique research project supported by Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Inc. As ocean temperatures rise and oceans become more acidic, corals are declining in record numbers. A new

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10 of the Most Photographed creatures of the Great Barrier Reef

By | November 27th, 2015|Blog|

A loveable little orange clownfish named Nemo has a lot to answer for. The Great Barrier Reef has never been so popular since Nemo and his fabulously forgetful girlfriend Dory splashed onto the big screen. We understand why! You want to come to Queensland to find Nemo. Who

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Great Barrier Reef coral spawn: happening soon!

By | November 20th, 2015|Blog|

Unless you’ve been hiding in a world wide web black spot behind a sand dune, you’ve probably already heard about nature’s spectacularly synchronised coral spawn. But in case you haven’t, coral spawning on the Great Barrier Reef is the biggest reproductive phenomenon this side of Texas. In fact,

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Tropical North Queensland awards excellence in tourism

By | November 12th, 2015|Blog|

The Cairns Convention Centre and long-serving tourism industry leaders Stephen Gregg and James Dixon were awarded for their contribution to tourism excellence at the Intrust Super Tourism Industry Excellence Cocktail Event last night.  Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) Chair Max Shepherd presented the Tropical North Queensland Tourism Honours

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Captain Cook Hwy to be known as Great Barrier Reef Drive

By | November 10th, 2015|Blog|

THE picturesque drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation will now be known as the Great Barrier Reef Drive after getting the nod from State Government. The idea to brand the 140km section of the Captain Cook Highway and Cape Tribulation Rd has been three years in the making

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