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Flames of the Forest

By | May 18th, 2012|Blog|

For a unique dining experience located just 10 minutes outside of Port Douglas, Flames of the Forest would undoubtedly qualify as one of the finest experiences in the area, if not the country. And it has, coming in at number 34 in Australian Travel Magazine’s top 100 things

Back Country Bliss Adventures – Mossman River Drift Snorkelling

By | May 15th, 2012|Blog|

One of the advantages to having such a diverse geographical wonderland for visitors in the Port Douglas area to experience, is there’s potentially many ways one might engage with it. Take for example river drift snorkelling, the activity unleashed by travel company Back Country Bliss Adventures on the

Cairns Adventure Festival 2012

By | May 11th, 2012|Blog|

Running from the 27th May to the 4th of June 2012, the Cairns Adventure Festival 2012 will feature outdoor concerts and fun events geared towards getting people involved in the lively atmosphere. However, the heart of the festival focuses on a number of triathlons, from family and children’s

Sea Kayaking Port Douglas Trips

By | May 8th, 2012|Blog|

Located in such a captivating and diverse part of the world, Thala Beach Lodge plays on its strengths by providing numerous ways for visitors to interact with the local environment. One of which is its sea kayaking Port Douglas excursion, which includes a trip around Thala’s private headland.

Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tours

By | May 1st, 2012|Blog|

Of all the ways to see Australia’s remarkable Great Barrier Reef, possibly the best way to get an overall perspective of this enormous living organism is by helicopter. And fortunately, there are numerous Great Barrier Reef helicopter tours in the region. Excursions include half-day and full-day tours, which

Port Douglas Restaurant Ospreys

By | April 27th, 2012|Blog|

A variety of fresh, seasonal produce in a tropical setting, with expansive views of The Coral Sea, where you could see whales, dugongs and turtles while you eat. This is what you’ll experience in Port Douglas restaurant ‘Ospreys’, located at Thala Beach Lodge. Besides its unrivalled views, which

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

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