Breakfast at Ospreys Restaurant is one of the highlights of the day for guests at Thala Beach Nature Reserve, Port Douglas. Perched high in the treetops, this is no ordinary dining room – with virtually 360 degrees of superlative views this is one of the most stunning settings you can possibly imagine to start the day. Year round, Port Douglas enjoys one of the best climates in the world, so breakfasting semi-alfresco 12 months of the year is top of the menu.
Above: Sunrise at Thala Beach Lodge.
From the breakfast tables more than 100km of views stretch across the World Heritage rainforests, the lush hinterlands and east across the glistening Coral Sea and the Great Barrier Reef. Marry this setting with the fresh, seasonal, local food and you have the perfect start to the perfect day.
Essentially, diners can enjoy whatever style of breakfast they choose at Ospreys. Charcuterie platters, freshly baked breads and pastries, with always freshly brewed coffee and teas. For a lighter start to the day there is cereal and fresh seasonal local fruits and juices.
Above: An early breakfast at Ospreys Restaurant is an awe inspiring way to start the day.
The a la Carte breakfast menu changes seasonally, but the quality remains consistent. Produce is sourced daily from the seasonal herb gardens, the local markets and providores sourcing from the neighbouring Atherton Tablelands and the Coral Sea.
A sample few dishes from the hot breakfast menu include Amongst the Gum Trees – double smoked bacon, sweet potato and spring onion cake, pork sausage, grilled tomato and the chef’s homemade ketchup with a choice of poached, scrambled or fried eggs. For those that prefer a sweeter start to the day, the Rainforest Rendezvous – blueberry pancakes with mango and coconut coulis, whipped nut butter and a shot of maple syrup served with crispy double smoked bacon.
Above: Rainbow Lorikeets are regulars at Osprey’s breakfasts.
As you breakfast, the colourful sunbirds, lorikeets and honeyeaters feed and splash in their nests a few metres away in the surrounding treetops, as the morning sun filters through the leafy canopy. The view stretches for miles across the coastline, over the hinterlands and across the Coral Sea from Double Island to Cape Tribulation. As you gaze out to sea, if you’re lucky you may spot a whale, a pod of dolphins playing, sea eagles diving for fish or a romantic passenger ship slowly cruising the majestic coastline of Far North Queensland.
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