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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

Batfish

By | September 21st, 2012|Blog|

While fish have different things going for them, it surely would pay to be a batfish, an elongated, laterally flattened species that could dart through the narrowest of crevices. Besides providing a good game, such a skill would surely prove useful in a fleeting escape from a hungry

Crinoids

By | September 18th, 2012|Blog|

Often termed lilies of the sea, crinoids, which can resemble a beautiful underwater flower, or perhaps even a creature from a Ridley Scott thriller, are amongst the oldest living creatures on earth. While suffering a major extinction episode in the Permo-Triassic, today their population remains stable, although they’ve

Red-legged Pademelon

By | September 14th, 2012|Blog|

A one-of-a-kind rainforest wallaby with rust coloured limbs, the Red-legged Pademelon is a spirited creature that communicates via hard thumps in the ground. The males also make a harsh, rasping sound after romantic rejection, and a soft clucking sound during sensual success. Found in the wet forests of

White-lipped Tree Frog

By | September 11th, 2012|Blog|

Unlike the adage suggests, the White-lipped Tree Frog doesn't suffer from fear or terror, rather its name owes to a brilliant white stripe that runs from its lower lip to its shoulder. Other hued characteristics include thighs that turn salmon pink in the males when they’re sexually excited.

Musky Rat Kangaroo

By | September 7th, 2012|Blog|

The smallest kangaroo on the planet, the Musky Rat Kangaroo is also a diurnal day napper, usually taking a kip at midday before sleeping through the night. However, unlike the kangaroo, this furry little macropod has a bounding rather than a hopping gait, travelling on all fours, much

Kauri Pine

By | September 4th, 2012|Blog|

If you’re fortunate enough to be vacationing in this part of the world, it pays to immerse yourself under the local vegetation, to get the essence of the place, and to infuse some delightful native smells into your well-being. One such specimen well worth poking a stick at

Barron Falls

By | August 31st, 2012|Blog|

Thundering and churning its way through the Wet Tropics World Heritage area, in the Barron Gorge National Park, Barron Falls puts on a spectacular display during the height of the wet season. At other times, the mighty roar of the Barron can be reduced to little more than

Mareeba Rock-wallaby

By | August 28th, 2012|Blog|

A member of the Allied Rock Wallabies, which is not an association but a scientific classification, the Mareeba Rock-wallaby shares characteristics with the Sharman’s Rock-wallaby and the Allied Rock Wallaby. However, unlike others of its clan, the Mareeba Rock Wallaby is a relative newcomer to the rock-hopping classificatory

Rainforest Fungi

By | August 24th, 2012|Blog|

Diverse, colourful, animal-like, bioluminescent and often toxic. Sounding like an unfriendly creature from another planet, rainforest fungi are quite the opposite, as they are crucial to the survival of one of the world’s most sensitive ecosystems. Firstly, their animal association sprouted after it was found fungi do not

Coral Trout

By | August 21st, 2012|Blog|

Also known as the Leopard Coral Grouper, the Coral Trout could be considered somewhat of a lush, as it will rarely move outside of a 500 metre area, while it has a particular penchant for prawns. Who can blame them? After all, many of us like to sit

Crested Hawk

By | August 17th, 2012|Blog|

With generous, piercing eyes and a unique hunting technique, the Crested Hawk, also known as the colloquial sounding Pacific Bazza, is a character all of its own amongst the landscape surrounding Thala. Found in coastal parts of north and east Australia, Wallacea, New Guinea and their surrounding islands,

Sailfin Snapper

By | August 14th, 2012|Blog|

Marked with a steep forehead and signature black spot on its tail, the Sailfin Snapper is a shy, solitary creature that cruises the waters of the Great Barrier Reef at night, hunting for fish, crustaceans and molluscs. Above: This Sailfin Snapper was photographed at Opal Reef, The Great

Spectacled Flying Fox

By | August 10th, 2012|Blog|

For a creature with straw coloured rings of fur around its eyes, that soars amongst the rainforest canopy with the slick face and snout of a fox, it’s not hard to see why it was named the Spectacled Flying Fox. Restricted to the north-east regions of Queensland, as

Lace Monitor

By | August 7th, 2012|Blog|

Armed with a prodigious head, camouflaged skin and sharp tree climbing skills, the lace monitor is a sturdy forager and a tenacious opportunist. Besides raiding the odd garbage bin when the going gets tough, this stealth-like lizard is known to launch aggressively into birds nests for a raw

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