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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

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

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