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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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Australia on Lonely Planet’s ‘must visit’ list in 2016

By | October 28th, 2015|Blog|

Leading global travel authority Lonely Planet has chosen Australia as one of the world's Top 10 Countries for next year in LONELY PLANET'S BEST IN TRAVEL 2016, published today. BEST IN TRAVEL 2016 is Lonely Planet's 11th eagerly-awaited annual collection of the best trends, destinations, journeys and experiences for the upcoming year. Australia is ranked sixth on the book's list

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5 of the best Indigenous tours around north Queensland

By | October 22nd, 2015|Blog|

Thanks to the good folk at Tourism and Events Queensland for this fabulous article on Indigenous tours that depart from Cairns or Port Douglas. There’s something magical about arriving in Tropical North Queensland. Maybe it’s because it’s home to the world’s oldest rainforest with towering trees and curious animals quietly scurrying

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Lace monitor lizards at Thala Beach Nature Reserve

By | September 22nd, 2015|Blog|

Lace monitor lizards are great tree climbers and wander several kilometres each day foraging for food. There are many of these lizards inhabiting Thala’s native forest and guests often see or hear them rustling through the undergrowth. They’re also terrific climbers and can be spotted high up in

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Great Barrier Reef is a World Heritage wonder

By | August 4th, 2015|Blog|

The Great Barrier Reef gets plenty of media coverage. It’s no surprise really, given its one of the planet’s most fabulous eco-systems. It’s also a hot destination for tourists who put it at the top of their ‘must do’ lists.  It’s probably one of the most photographed holiday

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Aboriginal Australia: our country is waiting for you

By | July 20th, 2015|Blog|

Mossman Gorge is located in the southern part of the World Heritage listed Daintree National Park, and is approximately 20 minutes drive from Thala. Eco-sensitive Mossman Gorge is one of the few places in the country where visitors can gain an insight into the lives, culture and beliefs

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