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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

Valentines Day Dinner 2011

By | February 2nd, 2011|Blog|

If you're in Cairns or Port Douglas and you're looking for a romantic escape for you and your partner then why not dine in Osprey's restaurant at Thala Beach Lodge, Australia. Indulge in our special Valentines Day Menu and treat yourselves to a night's accommodation in the romantic

Queensland Floods

By | January 18th, 2011|Blog|

Our hearts go out to everyone effected by the Queensland floods but please be aware that Queensland is a large state in Australia + Thala Beach Lodge and North Queensland have been unaffected by the floods in South East Queensland. It's business as usual for Thala but please

The Dreaming Track – Bushwalking Australia

By | January 14th, 2011|Blog|

The Queensland Government is planning to begin construction of The Dreaming Track in 2011. The Dreaming Track will be a combination of trails that will join the Daintree to the tip of Cape York. Four weeks is the recommended time frame if you wish to do the 2000

Guests cocooned at Thala Beach Lodge

By | January 7th, 2011|Blog|

Many guests cocooned at 5 star Thala Beach Lodge reportedly are enjoying the experience too much to leave! Michelle Behsman, the resort’s sales and marketing manager, said the most noticeable trend in 2010 was guests choosing to spend much of their time at the resort in order to

Round Headed Parrotfish Research – The Great Barrier Reef Australia

By | December 30th, 2010|Blog|

New research conducted by the University Of Queensland has found that the Round Headed Parrotfish’s night time cocoon of mucous is actually to protect the fish from parasite attack. Previously it was thought the mucous ‘sleeping bag’ was to mask the scent of the fish from

Whale Shark Spotted On The Great Barrier Reef Australia

By | December 20th, 2010|Blog|

This Photo of a Whale Shark was taken by the Aristocat Crew. Tourists were treated to a lucky encounter on a trip to The Great Barrier Reef on the 5th November 2010 when the boat they were aboard (Aristocat) came across a Whale Shark. The Whale

Pygmy Seahorse Discovery – The Great Barrier Reef Australia

By | December 14th, 2010|Blog|

James Cook University scientists believe they have discovered a new species of Pygmy Seahorse on The Great Barrier Reef, Australia. The recent discovery comes after searching 100 metres beneath the surface 200 kilometres from Cairns, Australia. At 5mm long the newly discovered Pygmy seahorse could be the world’s

Christmas + New Year Accommodation Specials

By | December 6th, 2010|Blog|

Come spend Christmas + New Year at Thala Beach Lodge (Between Cairns + Port Douglas Australia) and take advantage of our special rates for the period 24/12/2010 till 02/01/2011! Jungle Walk at AU$249.00 per night (tropical breakfast included) Eucalypt Bungalow at AU$299.00 per night (tropical breakfast included) Coral

Weddings at Thala, Oak Beach – Between Port Douglas + Cairns Australia

By | December 1st, 2010|Blog|

You’re in capable hands with your wedding at Thala Beach Nature Reserve, Port Douglas. Thala’s fantastic wedding co-ordinator Angelique Schesser is an experienced professional at running a smooth operation and making your wedding day one to remember! Create your perfect day with your choice of venue, beverage and

Cassowary Identification Project Mission Beach Australia

By | November 25th, 2010|Blog|

Liz Gallie is urging people to take photographs and document sightings of Cassowaries around Mission Beach for The Cassowary Identification Program. Ms Gallie started to take records and compare photos of Cassowaries around the Mission Beach, Australia, area approximately 2 years. Ms Gallie says a lot of people

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