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The growing Osprey family at Thala

By | August 7th, 2013|Blog|

With the house firmly established after undergoing recent renovations and decorations, the young family continues to grow. It is thought by some that extensions may be necessary to cater for this growing brood, but one thing is clear, the family love their home  - and the neighbourhood. The

Breakfast in paradise – Ospreys Restaurant

By | July 16th, 2013|Blog|

Breakfast at Ospreys Restaurant is one of the highlights of the day for guests at Thala Beach Lodge Port Douglas. Perched high in the treetops, this is no ordinary dining room - with virtually 360 degrees of superlative views this is one of the most stunning settings you

Sylvia Jeffreys’ One Day in Paradise

By | June 5th, 2013|Blog|

If you had One Day in Paradise, what would you do? That’s the challenge thrown at 20 different filmmakers by TTNQ (Tourism Tropical North Queensland) as a new tourism promotion initiative. The filmmakers each made a two-minute movie using GoPro cameras to capture their perfect, one-day experience for

Five Favourite Book Reading Spots at Thala

By | April 25th, 2013|Blog|

You’re booked in for some much needed tropical relaxation at Thala, and you’ve been mulling over what activities you might engage in. Adventure, romance, relaxation, the allure of Port Douglas? Wherever the urge takes you, it’s likely you’ll sneak away to an idyllic spot with a good book

Crimson Finch

By | February 15th, 2013|Blog|

Within Thala’s stunning surrounds, it’s the native residents which often lend the resort its vibrant setting. One such resident, which you may occasionally spot around the grounds, is the crimson finch, a flustered looking bird with a bright red face that often enjoys to snack on a hearty

Thala on Queensland Weekender

By | January 22nd, 2013|Blog|

When TV presenter Dean Miller and executive chef Alastair McLeod joined for an episode of Queensland Weekender, the two could hardly look more dissimilar.  However, what they shared on their week long adventure in Far North Queensland was infectious enthusiasm, along with the ability to have a good

Magpie Goose

By | January 3rd, 2013|Blog|

While sounding like some disturbing hybrid mutation that swoops residents while making loud honking noises, the magpie goose is a species in its own right. In fact, it comes from a very old family, with one relative, Vegavis iaai, known to subsist approximately 67 million years ago. However,

Yellow Honeyeater

By | December 28th, 2012|Blog|

With a name like Yellow Honeyeater, it’s no wonder this bird often chirps happily, as it conjures up such lovely imagery. It's also a fortunate bird in that it’s endemic to north Queensland, where it flutters around its favourite tropical haunt - moist, lowland and mangrove forests, where

Brahminy Kite

By | December 21st, 2012|Blog|

While sounding like a sweet bird, the Brahminy Kite is not to be trifled with. With piercing dark eyes and a strongly aquiline yellow beak, the bird is primarily a scavenger, feeding on dead fish and crabs. And in order to get its meal, it will readily steal

Red-tailed Black Cockatoo

By | December 7th, 2012|Blog|

Look to the skies in the country’s north, particularly during dry periods, and you may see (or hear) a strange and beautiful bird. A dark creature with red panels on its tail, the red-tailed black cockatoo is a diurnal and notoriously raucous bird. In courtship, the males softly

Illawarra Flame Tree (Brachychiton Acerifolius)

By | November 30th, 2012|Blog|

The splashes of colour and vitality of Far North Queensland are part of what makes it such a wonderful destination, especially considering it’s such a serene and soothing place. And one live-in resident that adds to this chromatic frenzy, in such a graceful manner, is the Illawarra flame

Kuku Yalanji

By | November 23rd, 2012|Blog|

Originating from the rainforests of Far North Queensland, the Kuku Yalanji people have been living in harmony with the environment for over 50,000 years. While their borders extend from Port Douglas in the south, to Cooktown in the north and Chillagoe in the west, the Kuku Yalanji began

Cairns Birdwing Butterfly

By | November 16th, 2012|Blog|

The largest endemic butterfly in Australia, the Cairns Birdwing Butterfly has a wingspan of up to 18cm. Besides its proportional, pterodactyl-like reach, other conspicuous traits include its vivid colouration, particularly in the male, who’s wings contain vibrant splashes of emerald green. Found in north-eastern Australia, from Mackay to

The Rainbow Lorikeet

By | November 5th, 2012|Blog|

A colourful addition to the treetops of Far North Queensland is the rainbow lorikeet. Possessing a stunning chromatic plumage in the form of a deep-blue head, bright-green wings, tail, back, and a yellow-rump and thighs, the lorikeet’s vibrant hues light up the rainforest surrounds. Rainbow Lorikeets are common

Hang gliding Port Douglas

By | October 24th, 2012|Blog|

Hang gliding in Port Douglas is an adventure that you will remember for the rest of your life. If you have ever wondered what flying like a bird is really like, then hang gliding during your visit to Port Douglas or taking a microlight flight could be just

Brain Coral

By | October 19th, 2012|Blog|

Found in warm, shallow water environments at the Great Barrier Reef and around the world, the cerebral looking brain coral lends a sci-fi atmosphere to its watery world below. These interesting looking organisms have been known to live to 900 years of age, and can grow as tall

The Hawksbill Turtle

By | October 16th, 2012|Blog|

For many, the most awe inspiring sight at the Great Barrier Reef is spotting a turtle. These gentle, graceful creatures are marvellous to see in their natural habitat, and are uncommon enough to be a wondrous novelty. One such species often found cruising these waters in Far North

Rainforest Dragonfly

By | October 12th, 2012|Blog|

Of the many varied creatures that reside in and around Thala, one of the more colourful and mysterious would surely be the rainforest dragonfly. Firstly, these colourful and powerful hoverers, who look as if they belong in Avatar, can fly sideways and backwards, as well as forwards. Found

Stargazing with Rose

By | October 2nd, 2012|Blog|

While sounding like some late night flowery encounter, stargazing with Rose involves an hour or so with Rose Wyatte, Thala’s resident astronomical scout, who guides guests through the southern constellations at the on-site observatory. Lying a short walk (or buggy ride) from Thala’s foyer, the observatory sits amongst

Parrot Fish

By | September 25th, 2012|Blog|

The colourful, ubiquitous parrot fish is a marvellous addition to the waters surrounding the Great Barrier Reef. Besides handsomely adding to the colour spectrum of this coral rich wonderland, the parrot fish contains a number of quirks that makes it a particularly interesting species. While there’s 30 different

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