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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

Night Dive on the Great Barrier Reef

By | June 5th, 2012|Blog|

With such an array of wildlife, including six turtle species, numerous whales and dolphins, and over 150,000 species of tropical fish, the Great Barrier Reef is a striking underwater kingdom teeming with life. Why then wouldn’t you want to explore the world of these amazing creatures at night,

The Agile Wallaby

By | June 1st, 2012|Blog|

Classified as the largest known group of vertebrates to hop on the planet, the kangaroo family has been bouncing its way around arid and tropical parts of Australia for millions of years. One member of this family that’s commonly seen around Far North Queensland is the Agile Wallaby,

Undara Lava Tubes

By | May 29th, 2012|Blog|

Considered some of the largest and longest lava tubes on the planet, the Undara lava tubes, located in Undara Volcanic National Park in North Queensland, have led to the formation of some spectacular underground caves. The Undara lava tubes were thought to be formed by immense volcanic activity

Sunset Sail Port Douglas

By | May 25th, 2012|Blog|

With pristine, white sandy beaches and the alluring clear waters of the Coral Sea, the Port Douglas region has much to offer. It shouldn’t be surprising then, that there are a number of sunset sail Port Douglas excursions available for visitors seeking holiday romance, or the etheric twilight

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