Wonders of the Great Barrier Reef Australia

By | June 13th, 2016|Blog|

Australia is home to the world's biggest living structure. Running almost the whole length of Queensland, The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from space. Made of  thousands of small reefs, islets, atolls and islands, the Great Barrier Reef starts near Bundaberg in the south and continues north

Recipe from Osprey’s Restaurant

By | December 10th, 2014|Blog|

Head Chef at Osprey's Restaurant Luukas Trautner has been kind enough to share some of his favourite recipes on the menu at Thala Beach Nature Reserve. A delicious combination of banana prawns, coconut and mango features as a special entree on our weekend lunch menu. Weekends are extremely

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Win two nights at Thala Beach!

By | November 13th, 2014|Blog|

Thala Beach Nature Reserve is one of Tropical North Queensland's finest eco rereats: win two free nights in a Eucalypt Bungalow! Here’s how to enter: Step 1 Follow us on Pinterest or Instagram. Then upload your photo to your account and hashtag #thalabeach OR Like us on Facebook.

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Port Douglas in Top 10 Holiday Destinations

By | October 28th, 2014|Blog|

Port Douglas shines once again, bringing the international spotlight on Tropical North Queensland by being voted number four in the top 10 destinations in Australia. Port Douglas received top accolades in this year’s Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice Awards for best holiday destination. It comes as no real surprise

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Gulf Route flights with Rex

By | October 16th, 2014|Blog|

Regional Express Airline (Rex) has announced they will be flying a new Cairns route as of 1 January 2015. Rex was awarded all five regulated routes that it applied for including the Gulf Route. Previously operated by Skytrans, Rex will fly the Gulf Route between Cairns and Normanton

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Six top reasons to visit Port Douglas

By | October 7th, 2014|Blog|

Port Douglas is renowned for its vibrant tropical vibe tucked in behind the beachfront coconut palms. There are plenty of reasons to holiday here - it's no easy task to limit ourselves to just six good reasons to visit Port Douglas! Macrossan Street Port Douglas’ main street, Macrossan

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Dugongs – nature’s smartest mammal!

By | September 22nd, 2014|Blog|

Known as the mermaid of the sea, dugongs (or manatees) are shy bashful creatures. The jury is still out on how or why dugongs were mistaken for mermaids, but stories abound of sailors sighting graceful half woman, half fish creatures as early as Christopher Columbus’s explorations during 1493.

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Spring – one of the best times to visit Tropical North QLD

By | September 9th, 2014|Blog|

Cynics would say that there are only two seasons in the tropics: wet and dry. But they’d be SO wrong. While winter is absolutely delightful in Tropical North Queensland, spring is even better. With a little more cloud cover starting to appear, the sunsets become spectacular, lighting up

Dolphins and Whales sighted by Thala Beach Nature Reserve guests

By | August 26th, 2014|Blog|

It’s humpback whale season in Tropical North Queensland with humpbacks recently spotted by guests staying at Thala Beach Nature Reserve. Venturing north on their annual holidays (actually they migrate north to breed and give birth, but we like to think they’re on holidays too!) to the warm water

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

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

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

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

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

Thala Supports Eco Lodges of Australia

By | November 9th, 2010|Blog|

Thala Beach Lodge is proud to be one of Australia’s leading independent ECO tourism properties that supports the new marketing group, Eco Lodges of Australia . ECO lodges of Australia consists of a collection of independent operators that provide the environmentally conscious traveler a responsible, ethical and sustainable

Great Barrier Reef Accommodation and Experiences Australia

By | October 29th, 2010|Blog|

One of the main drawcards for visitors to Cairns and Port Douglas, Australia is The Great Barrier Reef. Whether you’re on a honeymoon, lazy resort holiday or an adventure trip you can combine your eco accommodation at Thala Beach Lodge with some of these Great Barrier Reef Experiences.

Yellow Bellied Sunbird at Thala

By | October 1st, 2010|Blog|

Footage of our friendly little Yellow Bellied Sunbird working hard! Apologies for the breaks - however was unavoidable - she was off collecting 'bits & pieces' in the surrounding forest! We originally put the nests up for display - but the sunbirds have decided it's a nice

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