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

Green Ants of Australia & why they’re busy little rainforest builders

By | May 29th, 2016|Blog|

Green tree ants are essential builders in the rainforest. They're like the worker bees of the ant world. The native forest of Thala Beach Nature Reserve is a thriving habitat for these insects. If you thought life was busy,  you haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen a green

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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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

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

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

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

Permaculture Convergence Australia

By | October 18th, 2010|Blog|

The 10th Australasian Permaculture Convergence happened in Kuranda, North Queensland Australia on the 24th – 27th September 2010. Special guest speaker Daryl Hannah was in attendance as a special keynote speaker along with the co-founder of Permaculture, Bill Mollison. Some other Permaculture enthusiasts in attendance included Major General

The Australian Dingo

By | September 6th, 2010|Blog|

The Australian Dingo is Australia’s native dog. They are thought to have originally appeared in Asia over 10000 years ago as a descendant of one of man’s first attempts to tame the wolf. The arrival of the dingo in Australia is estimated at being approximately 5000 years ago.

Brachychiton Megaphyllus

By | December 9th, 2009|Blog|

Brachychiton Megaphyllus is related to the flame tree and very rare to Queensland. It's a small tree with has large stiff leaves, normally found in the Northern Territory. It has taken us by surprise in that a Casuarina seed must have blown into the seed pot and germinated

Ray Crooke Painting Australia

By | November 12th, 2009|Blog|

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

Cedar Bay Cherry

By | October 29th, 2009|Blog|

A walk through the lush native forests surrounding Thala Beach Lodge at this time of year will yield visitors a view of the Cedar Bay Cherry fruiting. This unique rainforest fruit tree bears bright red bulbous fruit that when ripe is deliciously sweet. It is historically

Dugong spotted at Thala

By | October 22nd, 2009|Blog|

Thala Beach Lodge was host to a rare and beautiful visitor this week; a dugong, or 'sea cow' as they are sometimes called. The rare sea mammal was spotted by a lucky group of guests as they took guided nature walk through the forest and beaches around Thala

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