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Port Douglas in Top 10 Holiday Destinations

By | October 28th, 2014|Blog|

Port Douglas shines once again, bringing the international spotlight on Tropical North Queensland by being voted number four in the top 10 destinations in Australia. Port Douglas received top accolades in this year’s Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice Awards for best holiday destination. It comes as no real surprise

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Gulf Route flights with Rex

By | October 16th, 2014|Blog|

Regional Express Airline (Rex) has announced they will be flying a new Cairns route as of 1 January 2015. Rex was awarded all five regulated routes that it applied for including the Gulf Route. Previously operated by Skytrans, Rex will fly the Gulf Route between Cairns and Normanton

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Six top reasons to visit Port Douglas

By | October 7th, 2014|Blog|

Port Douglas is renowned for its vibrant tropical vibe tucked in behind the beachfront coconut palms. There are plenty of reasons to holiday here - it's no easy task to limit ourselves to just six good reasons to visit Port Douglas! Macrossan Street Port Douglas’ main street, Macrossan

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Dugongs – nature’s smartest mammal!

By | September 22nd, 2014|Blog|

Known as the mermaid of the sea, dugongs (or manatees) are shy bashful creatures. The jury is still out on how or why dugongs were mistaken for mermaids, but stories abound of sailors sighting graceful half woman, half fish creatures as early as Christopher Columbus’s explorations during 1493.

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Thala Beach Lodge changes name to Thala Beach Nature Reserve

By | September 20th, 2014|Blog|

Thala Beach Lodge, a family owned private nature and wildlife reserve in Tropical North Queensland will be known as Thala Beach Nature Reserve effective 21 September 2014. This name change better reflects Thala’s ecotourism credentials and nature-based focus. With 58 hectares of native forest on a secluded beach,

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Spring – one of the best times to visit Tropical North QLD

By | September 9th, 2014|Blog|

Cynics would say that there are only two seasons in the tropics: wet and dry. But they’d be SO wrong. While winter is absolutely delightful in Tropical North Queensland, spring is even better. With a little more cloud cover starting to appear, the sunsets become spectacular, lighting up

Dolphins and Whales sighted by Thala Beach Nature Reserve guests

By | August 26th, 2014|Blog|

It’s humpback whale season in Tropical North Queensland with humpbacks recently spotted by guests staying at Thala Beach Nature Reserve. Venturing north on their annual holidays (actually they migrate north to breed and give birth, but we like to think they’re on holidays too!) to the warm water

Great Barrier Reef Tours

By | August 20th, 2014|Blog|

The Great Barrier Reef tours options are varied and plentiful, making visiting one of the Seven Wonders of the World possible for virtually everyone.  There are several ways to get out and enjoy the reef which is great, as not everyone has the same wishes, abilities or budgets.

Port Douglas things to do

By | August 20th, 2014|Blog, Destination Guide|

To say there is no shortage of Port Douglas things to do is an understatement in any language. No other region in the world is bordered by two magnificent World Heritage Listed attractions like Port Douglas is; the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree National Park. Visitors have

Visiting Cairns around the Australian G20 2014?

By | August 8th, 2014|Blog|

  We’d like to welcome any international guests travelling to the region as part of the Cairns G20 Meeting, and invite them to stay with us before or after the event. Thala Beach Lodge is the perfect destination, close to Cairns to switch off business mode and enjoy

Thala Beach Lodge is Coconut Crazy

By | December 5th, 2013|Blog, Press Releases|

Resort owners, Rob and Oonagh Prettejohn showed amazing foresight when they planted 700 coconut trees over three decades ago at beautiful Thala Beach Lodge, near Port Douglas. In fact Thala likes to wave the coconut flag whenever possible. All things coconut are embraced in the resort’s operation, from

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

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