You’re booked in for some much needed tropical relaxation at Thala, and you’ve been mulling over what activities you might engage in. Adventure, romance, relaxation, the allure of Port Douglas? Wherever the urge takes you, it’s likely you’ll sneak away to an idyllic spot with a good book at some point. Here’s five of our favourite places that’ll help you do just that.

1. The Wallaby Grazing Patch

Located adjacent to Thala’s star gazing observatory lies the cultivated Wallaby Grazing Patch. Looking more like a quaint tropical garden than a marsupial hangout, it’s a splendid place to escape with a good book. If the freshly mowed lawns, profuse endemic flora and wide teak benches don’t inspire some page pondering pleasure, we’re not sure what will.

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2. Thala’s rock pool

Of course we have to throw in a bit of poolside reading, as it’s the stuff all good holidays are made of. This is particularly the case at Thala. For here, beneath the colourful overhanging flora, lies a rock pool complete with cascades and translucent water. Importantly, you will find some seriously comfy deck chairs lying poolside. Nirvana for the book browsing aficionado.

3. The seat by the bubbler

reading seatJust below Thala’s main rock pool, there’s a path that winds down towards several of the cabins, and eventually, Pebbly Beach. Take a couple of forested bends and you’ll see a handsome bench perched by a bubbler – all near a cliff that overlooks the Coral Sea. Stop, take a drink, take a seat and let the sublime backdrop inspire hours of page pondering paradise.

4. Oak Beach hammock

Of course we couldn’t let slip the obvious yet divine hammock laying potential of Thala’s own private beach. Here, beneath the sway of coconut palms and gentle lap of tropical waves, you can lay down island style and dive into your book. Don’t forget to surface every now and then to gaze at the forest-clad mountains and sip on some fresh coconut juice.

5. Curlews

Possibly the most striking aspect of Thala Beach Lodge when you first get on deck is the views at Curlews lounge. Overlooking tracts of native rainforest, verdant mountains rolling back-to-back, Oak Beach and the Coral Sea, Curlews provides arguably the finest overall perspective of Thala’s surrounds. Take a seat within ear shot of Thala’s rock pool cascades and escape to your world of fact or fiction, forgetting the life you’ve temporarily left behind.

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