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Catlin Seaview Survey

By | April 24th, 2012|Blog|

A new state-of-the-art project is underway that will show the Great Barrier Reef in a way never seen before. Titled the Catlin Seaview Survey, the project involves shallow water, 360 degree panoramic cameras taking photos of the reef to be uploaded to Google Earth and Google Maps so

Coconut Benefits

By | April 20th, 2012|Blog|

Found across the tropics and subtropics in many parts of the world, coconuts are a main source of sustenance for many cultures, and in Australia the coconut benefits are numerous. Here they can be found in the country’s top end, where their milk, oil and skins are increasingly

Beach Wedding at Thala

By | April 17th, 2012|Blog|

Wanting to make your memorable day that extra bit special, by throwing something unique, stunning and undeniably romantic into the occasion? Why not have a beach wedding at Thala Beach Nature Reserve, located between Port Douglas and Cairns? Here the bird life, butterflies, mountains, Daintree Rainforest and sounds

Great Barrier Reef Documentary

By | April 13th, 2012|Blog|

The world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, the planet’s largest living organism, is a truly remarkable site to behold. Such an impressive subject is sure to garner attention, the latest of which is a Great Barrier Reef documentary that showcases this wonderland in greater detail than ever before.

Mossman Gorge

By | April 10th, 2012|Blog|

Dense, lowland rainforest and cool streams surrounded by a precipitous mountain range characterise much of what is known as Mossman Gorge, located roughly 25 minutes from Thala Beach Lodge, just outside Port Douglas. The rugged slopes of the Coastal Ranges and Windsor and Carbine Tablelands trap moisture from

Birdwatching at Thala

By | April 6th, 2012|Blog|

Situated amidst two world heritage areas, the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, Thala Beach Lodge in Port Douglas attracts an array of bird life, making it a prime spot for birdwatching in Australia. With nearly 200 bird species sighted in and around the lodge’s grounds, guests

Manta Ray

By | March 29th, 2012|Blog|

Often described as a gentle giant of the sea, the manta ray commonly inhabits areas between southern NSW and the tip of Cape York, as well as Ningaloo Reef off Western Australia. They are also found in tropical waters throughout the world. These graceful, saucer-like creatures are extremely

Thala receives T-Qual Accreditation

By | March 1st, 2012|Blog|

T-Qual Accreditation has been awarded to Thala Beach Lodge, located between Cairns and Port Douglas, Australia. T-QUAL Accreditation is the Australian Government's partnership with quality tourism accreditation, rating and certification programs to identify and acknowledge great tourism experiences. The T-Qual tick identifies Thala Beach Lodge as a quality

Port Douglas Accommodation

By | February 15th, 2012|Blog|

When researching Port Douglas accommodation there are a few key factors to consider and Thala Beach Lodge ticks all the boxes. Whether you’re looking for a weekend away, an all inclusive accommodation option or an adventure holiday Thala Beach Lodge can cater to all your needs. We pride

Coral Spawning The Great Barrier Reef Australia 2011

By | November 15th, 2011|Blog|

The Great Barrier Reef is set to put on another amazing show shortly as the annual coral spawning takes place. The coral spawning usually occurs 4 to 6 nights after the full moon in November, placing it to occur on around the 15,16 and 17th of November 2011.

Osprey Takes Flight at Thala

By | September 13th, 2011|Blog|

Photographer Colin McCLoud has been spending some time at Thala Beach Lodge’s bird hide to capture the maiden flight of the youngest member of Thala’s resident Osprey family. Colin was rewarded last week when the young Osprey left the nest for its first flight. The Osprey is also

Eye to Eye with Dwarf Minke Whales

By | July 21st, 2011|Blog|

Rob and Oonagh Prettejohn, owners of Thala Beach Lodge, have just returned from an eye-popping 6 days on the Outer Barrier Reef. Dwarf Minke Whales congregate at this time of the year and go out of their way to satisfy their curiosity about humans bobbing about on the

Fish using tools on the Great Barrier Reef Australia

By | July 11th, 2011|Blog|

Here’s another great reason to visit the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, you might be lucky enough to see fish using tools… On the 12th November 2006 Scott Gardner observed a Blackspot Tuskfish using a rock as an anvil to open a cockle shell. Fragments of shell around

Humpback Whales Arrive at The Great Barrier Reef

By | June 1st, 2011|Blog|

It's that time of the year again as reports of the first Humpback Whales arriving on the Great Barrier Reef off Port Douglas and Cairns are rolling in. If you're planning a trip to the Great Barrier Reef off Port Douglas or Cairns this winter you've got

Cairns Airport Challenge Cairns 2011

By | May 3rd, 2011|Blog|

The Cairns Airport Challenge Cairns Triathlon will see thousands of athletes, spectators and media flock to the area for the headline event of the Cairns Adventure Festival. The full iron-distance event will consist of a 3.8 kilometre swim at Yorkeys Knob followed by a 180 km bike ride

Thala Features in Coconut Oil Story

By | April 6th, 2011|Blog|

Thala appeared on A Current Affair on Monday 4th April as part of ACA's Coconut Oil story. Another great appearance from Carl Johanson the coconut-nut! If you missed the episode you can view it online here. Here are a few of the featured coconut recipes from Thala's Executive

Port Douglas Markets

By | February 24th, 2011|Blog|

If you’re staying at Thala Beach Lodge over a weekend why not check out the Port Douglas markets? The Port Douglas markets happen every Sunday on the waterfront at Anzac Park from 8am until 1.30pm and have a variety of local produce, food and crafts. Set amongst a

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Thala plays part in Guinness World Record

By | February 17th, 2011|Blog|

In December 2010 a couple earned a Guinness World Record after renewing their wedding vows 85 times. The record previously stood at 83 vows. Mark and Denise Duffield-Thomas’s record breaking trip took them across 10 countries over 4 continents with the final leg of their journey passing through

The Great Barrier Reef Australia – Coral Research

By | February 10th, 2011|Blog|

Recent flooding in South East Queensland and the recent cyclone Yasi means weather in Australia is a hot topic at the moment. Mother nature is a powerful and mystical force. The Great Barrier Reef Australia is constantly being probed for its secrets and limitless wonders with recent research

UPDATE! – Back in Operation After Cyclone Yasi – PLEASE READ

By | February 4th, 2011|Blog|

Thala Beach Lodge is back in action after Cyclone Yasi! There were many leaves and branches spread over Thala after Cyclone Yasi made landfall at approximately 1am on the 3rd February 2011. The grounds of Thala lost a couple of trees but luckily we were spared the full

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