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Maori Wrasse

By admin| June 8, 2012|

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 for its tasty qualities. However, more than just a good meal, the Maori Wrasse serves to protect the environment, as it eats sea hares, boxfish, or the crown of thorns star fish

Night Dive on the Great Barrier Reef

By admin| June 5, 2012|

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, when there’s a whole other show going on? As at night, there are literally thousands of reef animals that are too shy to see the light of day. Fortunately, there are a

The Agile Wallaby

By admin| June 1, 2012|

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, which swims almost as well it hops. A mid-sized hopper, with males reaching around 27kg and females around 15kg, the agile wallaby makes its way around dense bushland either alone or in

Undara Lava Tubes

By admin| May 29, 2012|

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 which occurred 190,000 years ago. During this fiery episode, twenty-three billion cubic litres of lava was estimated to have spewed forth from the Undara Volcano onto the surrounding Atherton Tableland. The resulting

Sunset Sail Port Douglas

By admin| May 25, 2012|

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 beauty this region so effortlessly displays. Options in Port Douglas include luxury style boats, which contain very few guests and typically run for an hour and a half. Here guests can lie

Flames of the Forest

By admin| May 18, 2012|

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 to do in the country. There are a number of reasons why. Firstly, true to its name, Flames of the Forest is situated in a beautiful forest environment, where it’s lit up

Back Country Bliss Adventures – Mossman River Drift Snorkelling

By admin| May 15, 2012|

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 Mossman River. A stunning section of water that begins as a highland stream 1300 metres above sea level, the Mossman River runs for 30 kilometres to the Coral Sea, while accumulating water

Cairns Adventure Festival 2012

By admin| May 11, 2012|

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 events to the all out slog. This year, half-day and full-day ironman events, which are typically run in countries such as Germany, France, Spain, Denmark, Austria and New Zealand, and are set

Sea Kayaking Port Douglas Trips

By admin| May 8, 2012|

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. Here guests are given an experienced guide, which will take you to places seldom known, places where marine turtles, sting rays, dolphins and dugongs are known to inhabit. On a clear day

Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tours

By admin| May 1, 2012|

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 head out to areas such as Green Island. Located approximately 27km offshore, Green Island is around 15 hectares in size, and contains virgin rainforest which meets the translucent waters of the Coral

Catlin Seaview Survey

By admin| April 24, 2012|

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 the public can experience a virtual dive. The project's chief scientist, Australian Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, says over 50,000 panoramic images will be uploaded to boost pubic awareness of the Great Barrier Reef

Coconut Benefits

By admin| April 20, 2012|

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 put to good use. However, all this information and more can be discovered on Australia’s only coconut tour, at Thala Beach Lodge in Port Douglas. Named the ‘Coconut Odyssey Tour’, resident coconut

Beach Wedding at Thala

By admin| April 17, 2012|

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 of the Coral Sea lapping against white sand creates an atmosphere of beauty and tranquility, for a truly memorable experience. Thala Beach Nature Reserve has a history of hosting people’s big day,

Great Barrier Reef Documentary

By admin| April 13, 2012|

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. The three-part one hour series was created by Cairns based company Digital Dimensions, and was produced by Britain’s BBC. The team allegedly spent weeks at sea in remote locations, shooting over 600-hours

Mossman Gorge

By admin| April 10, 2012|

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 the ocean, ensuring continued rainfall that gives life to the Daintree Rainforest and Mossman River. Such conditions have given birth to the spectacular Mossman Gorge, while inviting inhabitants such as the endemic

Birdwatching at Thala

By admin| April 6, 2012|

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 often find themselves dining amongst lorikeets, sunbirds and honeyeaters, as they fly in and out of the treetops adjacent to the restaurant. Birdwatching walks with local bird and butterfly expert David Anderson

Manta Ray

By admin| March 29, 2012|

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 agile, being able to move at rapid speed while often breaching the water in spectacular fashion. They are also known to commonly inhabit 'cleansing stations', (where wrasse, remora and angelfish remove parasites)

Thala receives T-Qual Accreditation

By admin| March 1, 2012|

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 Australian Tourism Operator. The T-Qual accreditation makes quality tourism operators easy recognisable by potential visitors to Australia and provides assurance to potential guests that your expectations will be met, consistently high standards

Port Douglas Accommodation

By admin| February 15, 2012|

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 ourselves on our local knowledge which allows us to confidently recommend off site tours and experiences to check out during your stay. The Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest and Cairns are all

Coral Spawning The Great Barrier Reef Australia 2011

By admin| November 15, 2011|

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. Millions of coral on The Great Barrier Reef will release sperm and eggs into the water as part of the coral’s reproductive process. Eggs and sperm build up inside the coral polyps

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