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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

The Spangled Drongo

By | August 3rd, 2012|Blog|

There’s not many names that suit the character of a creature as aptly as the Spangled Drongo, a sort of yobo of the avian world that’s earned its name through its often comical and clamorous behaviour. The sound this bird makes has been likened to that of a

Macleay’s Honeyeater

By | July 31st, 2012|Blog|

Endemic to Far North Queensland, between Cooktown and the southern end of the Paluma Range, the Macleay’s Honeyeater is an inconspicuous species that flitters at the edge of rainforests, in orchids and in gardens. However, the Macleay’s Honeyeater differs from the numerous other members of the honeyeater family

Butterfly Cod

By | July 27th, 2012|Blog|

A striking looking creature, which looks as if it’s set to star in an underwater Chinese New Year Parade, the Butterfly Cod is adorned with fins and spikes that fire out of its body in flamboyant fashion. These fan-like protrusions, which are typically striped in appearance, are venomous

David Delaney

By | July 24th, 2012|Blog|

Twenty five years' in furniture removals saw David Delaney travel extensively throughout NSW and Queensland. Highways, dirt tracks, family, and mateship with both colleagues and war veterans shaped much of David’s experiences during this time. However, it was after his retirement, back in 2006, that David reflected on

Orange Thighed Frog

By | July 20th, 2012|Blog|

A colourful species endemic to the coastal region of Far North Queensland, the Orange thighed-Frog is adorned with a lime green dorsal, bright yellow feet and a yellow underside. Large golden irises protrude from its flat head, while its signature bright orange thighs distinguish it from others of

Lynette Wallworth – Coral: Rekindling Venus

By | July 17th, 2012|Blog|

An Australian artist who’s cinematic journeys typically reflect the connection people have with the natural environment, Lynette Wallworth has captivated audiences with her film, Coral: Rekindling Venus. Using photography, film and a range of technologies to convey its message, Coral: Rekindling Venus introduces the audience to the luminescence,

Orange-footed Scrubfowl

By | July 13th, 2012|Blog|

A member of the megapode bird family, which are typically stocky, chicken-like birds with small heads and large feet, the Orange Footed Scrubfowl is a common sight among the leaf ridden areas surrounding Thala. Also found in the islands of Wallacea and southern New Guinea, as well as

Giant Clam

By | July 10th, 2012|Blog|

A beautiful sight to behold, the giant clam, which enjoys the warm waters surrounding the Great Barrier Reef, is the largest living bivalve mollusc. At times weighing more than 200kg, these bottom feeding behemoths have an average lifespan of around 100 years in the wild. Having a rather

Total Solar Eclipse 2012

By | July 6th, 2012|Blog|

A phenomenon that can only occur during a new moon, when the sun and moon are in conjunct with the earth, a total solar eclipse is a rare and spectacular event that was last seen in Australia in 2002. Now the time has come again, as on November

Cruiser Butterfly

By | July 3rd, 2012|Blog|

A colourful addition to Thala’s wildlife, the Cruiser Butterfly is a conspicuous resident that swoops and flutters amidst the local vegetation. It's a member of the Nymphalidae family, also known as the four-footed butterflies, which comprise about 5,000 butterflies distributed throughout the world. Found from Malaku through to

Chillagoe Caves

By | June 26th, 2012|Blog|

Spectacular limestone caverns, passages and stalactites, in over 700 caves (some of which run for 11kms) comprise much of what is known as Chillagoe Caves, a 400-million-year old cave system located roughly three hours west of Cairns in the Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park. This striking, yet unusual rock

Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef

By | June 22nd, 2012|Blog|

For a fun and accessible way to see rare and colourful creatures in a pristine coral environment, that’s also the largest in the world, there’s arguably no better activity than snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef. In fact, the only requirements for snorkelling are a reasonably good level

Whale Migration and Breeding

By | June 19th, 2012|Blog|

During autumn in Antarctica, when ice forms on the sea surface and the air takes on a palpable chill, a great whale migration occurs, as these prodigious marine mammals head north towards the world’s more tropical waters. Each year, around 2,000 Humpback Whales make the annual migration towards

The Bush Stone Curlew

By | June 15th, 2012|Blog|

In the open forests and woodlands of Australia, particularly in the north, there roams a long legged, ground dwelling bird called the Bush Stone Curlew. Occupying a similar ecological niche as the North American roadrunner, this golden eyed bird is both a graceful and beautiful creature. Its chilling

Five Unique Cape Tribulation Experiences

By | June 12th, 2012|Blog|

Located 110km north of Cairns within the Wet Tropics World Heritage area and Daintree National Park, where rainforest meets the tropical sea, Cape Tribulation contains a number of options for nature lovers and adventurers alike. Night Time Crocodile Spotting Keen to see these ancient reptilian monsters in their

Maori Wrasse

By | June 8th, 2012|Blog|

One of the many striking, yet rather unusual looking inhabitants of the Great Barrier Reef is the Maori Wrasse. This bone headed bather contains two delightful features that don’t serve it well in the survival of the fittest. It’s a very personable fish that has been sought after

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