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 of Cape York into the Torres Strait in the north. That's a total distance of 2,600 km. Or, to put it in perspective on a global scale, it's about the same distance
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 popular at Osprey's Port Douglas, so we suggest you book early! "Local banana prawns spiced with chilli and garlic served in a plantation coconut with home made mango dipping sauce from our
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. Then post your photo to your profile, hashtag #thalabeach and tag us @Thala Beach Lodge Step 2 Email your contact details and photo to [email protected] The competition closes on 28/2/2015 … Good
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 to those of us who live and breathe the fresh air of Port Douglas daily. We know how special this place is: travellers have cottoned on! One of Thala's recent guests posted
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 to Gununa (Mornington Island) to Burketown to Doomadgee to Mount Isa and return. North Queensland benefits from accessibility, though it's very disappointing to see local carrier Skytrans lose routes. Skytrans has bases
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 Street is the hub of this tropical village. With the Coral Sea at one end of the street and Dickson Inlet at the other, cool breezes waft through town creating a tropical
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. Perhaps the combination of lonely sailors and rum consumed on extended sea voyages gets closer to the truth. Using their tail fluke for propulsion, their rotund bodies make them appear sluggish yet
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 the tropical sky at dusk in a blaze of oranges, pinks and purples. Wildlife seem to enjoy spring too! Whales linger in the warm water before returning south to the Southern Ocean.
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 playground of Tropical North Queensland, humpbacks leave Antarctic waters around June. Cruising the Great Barrier Reef, often with young calves in tow, the annual migration provides spectacular wildlife viewing opportunities. Growing up
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 a good chance of seeing these amazing marine giants! A group of Southern Humpback Whales migrate approximately 10000 kilometres each year from the Antarctic waters to the warm waters of the Great
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 North Queensland. We were proud to be part of this record-breaking achievement when Mark and Denise Duffield-Thomas had a Castaway-themed cliff top wedding at Thala Beach lodge. Congratulations Mark + Denise!
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 showing that coral can unlock a history of rainfall in North Queensland that predates recordings from modern instruments. By examining coral cores on the Great Barrier Reef The Australian Institute of Marine
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 force of cylcone Yasi. Our hearts and sympathies go out to all those effected by Cyclone Yasi but thanks to the extraordinary efforts of Thala's staff we are open, cleaned up and
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 surrounds of Thala. The Valentines Day Dinner Menu 5 courses – $89 per person – including a welcome glass of bubbly Sashimi salad of yellow-fin tuna and Tasmanian salmon with a baby
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 km trail passing through the Daintree Rainforest, Cooktown, Laura, Lakefield, Coen, Lockhart, Heathlands and Bamaga. Walkers of the Dreaming Track will experience rainforests, isolated mountain ranges, mangrove forests + rivers, grasslands and
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 Shark stayed with the boat for around 25 minutes, during which time this photo was snapped. "In 20 years, I’ve probably seen about 10 of them," said Scott Nelson, skipper of the
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 think there are many birds when they are actually seeing the same ones. She is hoping that through the Cassowary Identification Project a better idea of the numbers of Cassowaries in the
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 experience in some of Australia’s beautiful natural locations. “This group of accommodation choices are meeting the growing need and desires of the eco conscious traveller”, said Kym Cheatham, CEO, Ecotourism Australia. “These
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 safe place to raise their little ones! Yellow Bellied Sunbirds are often found on the edge of the rainforest and frequently build nests around human habitation.
Only a handful of luxury accommodation experiences in Australia have carefully crafted their natural balance to a level that deserves the ‘Advanced Eco Tourism’ certification. Thala Beach Lodge in tropical North Queensland, Australia is now one of them. It has achieved the highest available level in the International Ecotourism Accreditation Program, which uses goals originally drawn up by the United Nations itself. The concept of eco tourism is largely misunderstood and in practice it is often abused, no