Thala Beach

A little piece of paradise, Thala Beach is a private nature reserve and eco resort on the doorstep to the Great Barrier Reef.

Situated on a private headland just south of Port Douglas, Thala Beach Nature Reserve offers deluxe accommodation amongst 145 acres of native wilderness and private beachfront. Guests can enjoy activities including guided nature walks, star gazing and informative talks by local experts from the Kuku Yalangi aboriginal community. The resort’s treetops restaurant has breathtaking views and offers fresh locally sourced produce from the Coral Sea and the Atherton Tablelands.

Thala Beach has achieved the highest level of Advanced Eco Certification and is a member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. The guest suites and bungalows are secluded amongst tropical forest filled with birds and butterflies, and offer views of the sea, or forested hills. Each has an ensuite bathroom, king size bed and private balcony or terrace. There is also a 2-bedroom bungalow for 4 people which is ideal for families or friends travelling together.

At the heart of the hotel is the elevated wooden pavilion open to the surrounding forest, housing a restaurant, lounges and reading room, as well as a shop, adventure desk and art gallery. In the grounds are also two romantic freeform outdoor swimming pools in a natural setting, with sun beds and a cocktail bar. The private 2 kilometre long beach is perfect for relaxing morning walks and beach picnics. (Note that swimming is not possible between November and May due to the presence of marine stingers in Queensland waters).

Guests can enjoy complimentary on-site experiences including flora and fauna tours with the rangers, and the unique Coconut Odyssey to learn about and taste everything to do with coconuts! At extra cost there is guided kayaking, spa treatments and massage and local tours to the Daintree Rainforest, the Tableland region and the Great Barrier Reef (tours should be booked in advance).

Thala Beach Reserve is just 10 minutes drive from Port Douglas, the departure point for Great Barrier Reef tours. Renowned for its laid back sophistication, the town also has some stylish boutiques as well as great cafes and restaurants. A regular shuttle bus departs from Thala reception to Port Douglas.

Rainbow Lorikeets at Thala Beach
  • Eco resort set in 145 hectares of tropical forest
  • 83 deluxe timber tree houses and bungalows secluded in 58 hectares of natural bush
  • All rooms have an outdoor balcony or patio with sea or forest views
  • Spacious en suite bathrooms
  • Air conditioning, insect netting, and shutters for cooling breezes
  • Onsite restaurant
  • Two outdoor pools in a natural forest setting
  • Adventure desk, boutique and art gallery
  • Spa and massage studio
  • Onsite complimentary activities
  • Private beach
  • Ranger lead flora and fauna tours on the reserve
  • Coconut experience at onsite organic coconut grove
  • Use of two freeform swimming pools
  • Guided star gazing
  • Talks by local experts and the Kuku Yalangi aboriginal community.
  • Spa and massage (extra cost)
  • Guided kayaking excursions (extra cost)
  • Great Barrier Reef Tours (extra cost)
  • Eco resort in 145 acres of rainforest and coconut groves.
  • A member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World
  • Idyllic location on a forested headland overlooking the sea
  • Deluxe accommodations in a beautiful and secluded setting
  • An ideal location for visiting the Great Barrier Reef
  • Onsite treetop restaurant using locally sourced ingredients
  • 2 kilometres of private beach
  • Complimentary guided activities on the reserve
  • Culturally and ecologically sensitive and sustainable property

Thala Beach Nature Reserve is a 45 minutes drive north of Cairns. Car hire is available at the airport or you can book a seat on the shuttle bus that follows the scenic coastal road to Thala. Private car transfers or helicopter transfers can also be arranged – the hotel has its own heli-pad.

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