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Thala Beach Nature Reserve

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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'.
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We were lucky to have been able to stay eight nights in total after arriving at Cairns to find the road closed (due to flooding) on way to our original accommodation. After a frantic internet search pulled over on side of road mid monsoon we found Thala. The lady on reception
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Response from Thala_management, General Manager at Thala Beach Nature Reserve
Responded 2 days ago
Thank you very much Dotticow for your terrific five star review and detailed feedback. Though the weather played havoc with your travel plans we are delighted that we were able to turn this into a positive experience for you. It was our absolute pleasure to help make your unexpected stay a memorable one and we do hope to see you again! Best wishes Johan Klindt
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Stayed 5 nights - did the coconut tour, star gazing and nature tour. Just loved this beautiful relaxing place. Our balcony overlooked the beach and stunning rainforest. The birds, lizards and other fauna came to say hi and the Osprey restaurant was great. The staff were super
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Response from Thala_management, General Manager at Thala Beach Nature Reserve
Responded 19 Aug 2018
We're so delighted GayleneNZ1 to read your terrific feedback and to learn how much you enjoyed doing the complimentary stargazing, coconut odyssey and nature tours - definitely some of the highlights that guests enjoy. Hope we see you again in north Queensland! Johan Klindt General Manager
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A very special place both in the middel of the forest and with a beautiful beach. A nice relaxing place with beautiful walkways and nature. Even if we were here in the jellyfish-season and could enjoy the sea, we enjoyed it very much. No internet access in the cottages are great
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Response from Thala_management, General Manager at Thala Beach Nature Reserve
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you RunarN for your terrific feedback about how much you enjoyed your visit to Thala. So pleased to hear that your massage was one of the better you have experienced. Hope we see you again! Best wishes Johan Klindt
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We were there for 2 nights and I did not like at all. There were all of 12-18 people at the hotel and our rooms were quite a distance away plus Wi-FI was only in the lobby. The breakfast buffet was fine but the other meals were double in cost and had very limited menu. The
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Response from Thala_management, General Manager at Thala Beach Nature Reserve
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you DianaN for your feedback. We are disappointed to learn that your visit to Thala was 'not very enjoyable' due to requiring a walk from your bungalow (complimentary 24hr buggy service is available across the resort), wifi only in the lobby (free wifi is available in the main lodge, lobby, restaurant, bar and lounge areas), limited menu (Daily Specials for lunch & dinner are offered as well as comprehensive three course menu) with prices on par with Port Douglas' best restaurants, and a guided nature tour that took you through a wooded area to view wildlife (which is where native wildlife live). We do hope you found the remainder of your Australian holiday enjoyable. Best wishes Johan Klindt
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Looking for a unique property close to all the attractions of Far North Queensland in a secluded peaceful natural environment? Well go no further Thala Beach Lodge is pure serenity and luxury 15 minutes from Port Douglas. Each bungalow has its own unique charm and rainforest
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Response from Thala_management, General Manager at Thala Beach Nature Reserve
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thanks so much SusanRees1953 for your five star review and fabulous feedback. We're thrilled to learn how much you enjoyed your bungalow in the forest, views from Osprey's Restaurant and our friendly staff. Hope we see you again! Best wishes Johan Klindt
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Hi Kyung thanks for your questions. We have a tour desk and very knowledgeable staff who will be able to advise the best Great Barrier Reef tours to suit your interests and budget. We'd be happy to help! Marine stingers are generally present across northern Australian waters from Nov to May. Stinger suits may provide some protection, though swimming is always at your own risk. We have two swimming pools as an alternative to ocean swimming. The qld.gov.au website has more information
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Hiring a car is a good way to enjoy the area around Port Douglas, or you could catch an airport shuttle bus to Thala (both options should be pre-booked before arrival).
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Hi Adrocked, as others have said, Thala is located on the beachfront and it's just a few mins walk to either Oak Beach or Pebbly Beach via the trails that meander throuugh the property. Some rooms are located closer to the beach, others are located closer to the Main Lodge
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The weather between Xmas and New Year is usually hot and humid, as Thala beach is in the tropics.You would need to check with the resort about arriving on Xmas Day and leaving NY Day, they are both public holidays in Australia, but I don't imaging it would be a problem, as a lot of Aussies have holidays at this time.
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"Be surprised all individual accommdation are great. I prefer sea views!"
"Cabins 1 and 2 have amazing, unobstructed views of the Coral Sea with quick access to the beach and a short walk to the lodge."
"I only came here to dine. My scores are related to the food and restaurant."
"Lots Of forest and some sea views all private bungalows."
"You get what you pay for, all a great"
US$174 - US$336 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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