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

Top tips from a tropical Wedding Coordinator

By | January 13th, 2015|Blog|

Thinking about a Port Douglas wedding? Or a Queensland beach wedding? Deciding on the location of your wedding can be as daunting as organising the big day itself. However the right location will not only add unique flavour to your wedding, it can take the stress out of

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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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Q & A with Head Chef Luukas Trautner

By | December 2nd, 2014|Blog|

Recently appointed as Head Chef at Osprey’s Restaurant overlooking the Coral Sea, Luukas Trautner feels right at home in Tropical North Queensland. Born and raised in the island paradise of the Seychelles, Luukas’ passion for tasting and creating food that is unique and fresh developed from a young

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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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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

TAFE tourism students visit Thala Beach Nature Reserve

By | September 3rd, 2014|Media|

Fifteen Travel and Tourism students from TAFE QLD visited Thala Beach Nature Reserve. Read full story in the Port Douglas and Mossman Gazette Aug 2014

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

Sunset Sail Port Douglas

By | May 25th, 2012|Blog|

With pristine, white sandy beaches and the alluring clear waters of the Coral Sea, the Port Douglas region has much to offer. It shouldn’t be surprising then, that there are a number of sunset sail Port Douglas excursions available for visitors seeking holiday romance, or the etheric twilight

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

Cairns Airport Challenge Cairns 2011

By | May 3rd, 2011|Blog|

The Cairns Airport Challenge Cairns Triathlon will see thousands of athletes, spectators and media flock to the area for the headline event of the Cairns Adventure Festival. The full iron-distance event will consist of a 3.8 kilometre swim at Yorkeys Knob followed by a 180 km bike ride

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

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

Advanced Ecotourism Certification

By | September 27th, 2010|Blog|

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

Exclusive Bookings and Events at Thala Port Douglas

By | September 13th, 2010|Blog|

Thala has exclusive booking options for certain guests, events or larger groups wanting complete freedom and privacy on the entire 145 acre peninsular jutting out into the Pacific Ocean. Thala Beach Lodge, untouched by tourism, is now available for exclusive use. Exclusive bookings include blanket confidentiality at all

Green Sea Turtle

By | September 28th, 2009|Blog|

These shots of a Green Sea Turtle were taken at Low Isles off the coast of Port Douglas, Australia. They are one of the few species still in existence that would have seen the evolution and extinction of the dinosaurs. Green Sea Turtles are herbivores and breathe air.

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