One of the highlights of our recent trip to Australia was a 3 night stay at Thala Beach. From the moment we turned off the main road and drove into the grounds of the lodge, a feeling of peace and tranquillity descended on us. All around was lush vegetation and an abundance of wildlife, in particular the huge variety of birds and butterflies. After receiving a very warm welcome we were shown to the treehouse that was to be home for the next few days. Perched high in the trees, with breathtaking views of the ocean, this was the perfect place to forget the world outside and enjoy a Thala picnic lunch (a must do!) and a glass or two of chilled Chardonnay - bliss! A short stroll down through the forest path takes you to the most magnificent beach - 2 km of unspoilt perfection and no other people but us for much of the time. The only drawback was that we couldn't swim in the ocean as it was stinger season, but our walks by the water's edge compensated for this (and were needed after all the wonderful Thala food!). Although it's hard to drag yourself away from Thala, one excursion we'd highly recommend is a trip to the reef. Rather than one of the big boats, we went on a small sailboat, the Tallarook. This was at the suggestion of Diana, the Thala guest relations manager, and she was spot on. It was a day we'll never forget. All too soon it was time to leave. An absolute gem of a place and one to which we'll definitely return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Thala Beach Nature Reserve is a family owned 58 hectare nature and wildlife reserve 15 minutes south of Port Douglas. Get there from Cairns via a spectacular 45 minute drive along Captain Cook Highway. Elevated on stilts, 83 eco designed timber bungalows are discretely concealed within the forest canopy, blending in with the natural environment and feature ocean, mountain or forest views. Panoramic views are enjoyed from open-sided Osprey's Restaurant across the forest canopy and beyond to the Coral Sea. Guests and visitors dine amongst birds in the surrounding treetops, whilst enjoying modern Australian cuisine with friendly and attentive service. Granite boulders, waterfalls and overhanging trees create natural swimming pools blending discretely within the environment. Paths wind through rainforests and woodlands, connecting with secluded coves and beaches, passing through habitats for endemic birds, wildlife and flora. Guests enjoy complimentary guided nature tours by onsite rangers including tree planting, stargazing at an outdoor observatory, beach discovery, wildlife walks and bird-watching tours. A completely organic 650 tree coconut plantation is home to a unique coconut odyssey tour highlighting the extraordinary qualities of the 'tree of life'. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Thala Beach Hotel Port Douglas
- Thala Beach Resort
- Thala Beach Lodge