Australian Birds at Thala

By admin| November 21, 2016|

Birdwatchers contain yourself please! Some new and fairly rare species of Australian birds are being seen at Thala Beach Nature Reserve, probably due to the very dry period. A Noisy Pitta (Pitta versicolor) has been spotted, a very uncommon sighting so close to the coast. This beautifully coloured very shy ground feeding bird has been spotted at Thala. Also, a Bassian Ground Thrush (Zoothera lunulata) which feeds in a similar manner to the Noisy Pitta, had also been seen in

Port Douglas in Top 10 Holiday Destinations

By Fiona Harper| October 28, 2014|

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

Cape Tribulation

By admin| September 11, 2014|

Located 110 kilometres north of Cairns in Far North Queensland, Cape Tribulation lies in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and Daintree National Park. Besides containing a thriving array of activities for visitors, Cape Tribulation is a rare place where World Heritage rainforest meets the translucent waters of the Coral Sea. Cape Tribulation was named by British navigator and explorer, James Cook, in 1770. However, it wasn’t until the 1960s that the first vehicle access in the area was made,

Advanced Ecotourism Certification

By admin| September 27, 2010|

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

Ray Crooke Painting Australia

By admin| November 12, 2009|

A painting at Thala has caused many questions as to its meaning. History writes that G.E Dalrymple was the first white man to land on the shores at Kewarra Beach, Tropical North Queensland, Australia. However this painting by Ray Crooke tells a different story. At the beginning of September 1873, G. Elphinstone Dalrymple received orders from the Colonial Secretary to take command of The Queensland North East Coast Expedition; the purpose of which was to explore the unknown

Ulysses Butterfly

By admin| November 5, 2009|

One of the great pleasures of living in Tropical North Queensland is sitting on a verandah gazing out at luxuriant rainforest. Then there is the jeweled affect of a flash of iridescent blue. Luminous in the sunshine the colour gleams against the lush greens of the rainforest like a gem on a velvet cushion. These swallowtailed butterflies dance a morse code delivered at the whim of their wings. This is, of course, the Ulysses Butterfly (Papilio Ulysses) and

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