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Thala Beach Nature Reserve

Thala Beach Nature Reserve is a family-owned eco retreat with 58 hectares of native forest adjacent to a secluded private- access beach. Conveniently located 45 minutes drive north of Cairns and 15 minutes south of Port Douglas, guests enjoy the best of the tropics from this secluded paradise. Sitting atop a headland with breathtaking vistas, Thala Beach Nature Reserve provides an island-feel vacation and is the ideal base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest.

Thala has proudly achieved the highest accreditation of eco-certification through sustainable practices and environmental sensitivity. Boutique timber bungalows are built high on stilts within the forest canopy providing a private and unobtrusive approach to nature. All bungalows enjoy ocean, mountain or forest views and have recently undergone a soft-refurbishment. Time spent relaxing on the timber-decked verandas is enhanced by sightings of birds, butterflies, wallabies, possums and sugar gliders.

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.

Osprey Restaurant offers panoramic vistas across the sparkling waters of the Coral Sea and the World Heritage-listed forests that clad the coastal ranges. Guests and visitors dine among the birds in the surrounding treetops while enjoying modern Australian cuisine with friendly service.

Guests also enjoy complimentary guided nature tours by onsite rangers including tree planting, stargazing at an outdoor observatory, beach discovery, wildlife walks and bird-watching tours. The completely organic 650 tree coconut plantation is home to a unique coconut odyssey tour highlighting the extraordinary qualities of the ‘tree of life’.

Magical moments are created at Thala Beach Nature Reserve. A feeling of unspoiled wilderness sets the ambiance; yet it is only 15 minutes into the centre of Port Douglas. It is private and exclusive. A special combination of beauty, wilderness and seclusion awaits you.

Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia


Property Includes

  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Business Center
  • Currency Exchange
  • Golf Course
  • Mini Bar
  • On-Site Activities
  • On-Site Parking
  • On-Site Restaurants
  • Safe
  • Spa
  • Room Information

    83 deluxe timber bungalows are built high on stilts and nestle in the forest canopy providing a magical and unobtrusive relationship with the natural world.  Australian timber & granite has been used throughout creating an ambiance reflecting the pristine environment.  All bungalows are air conditioned, 45m2 (excluding Sandpiper Suite – approx 60m2), stylishly decorated, have screened windows and sublime views either to the ocean or forested mountains. 

    In-room amenities include television, DVD player (complimentary movies available), refrigerator, mini bar, private granite bathroom with a separate bathtub and shower, bathrobes & slippers (Sandpiper & Coral Sea only), hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, in room safe, iron, ironing board and ISDD telephone. 

    The Sandpiper Suite is an intimate hideaway with a view that flows to Thala’s beach and the expanse of the Coral Sea.  The Sandpiper Suite is decorated with soft and subtle natural furnishings, houses a separate lounge/living area and large deck/verandah, plus all normal bungalow facilities/inclusions. 

    Coral Sea Bungalows perch in the upper canopy of the forest on Thala’s headland and offer spectacular views over the treetops to the Coral Sea and distant islands.

    Eucalypt Bungalows nestled in the forest, a delight for birdwatchers, look out on the sweep of rainforest mountains and native surrounds. 

    Jungle Walk Bungalows are low set within the forest and capture the intimate feel of the unique woodland environment.

    Things To Do

    Bird-watching and Wildlife Watch: Experienced guides showcase native flora as you enjoy a stroll and take in the beauty of Thala.  All species were specifically planted to encourage a wide variety of butterflies and bird life.  From an Osprey soaring overhead, to turtles swimming in the coves around the headland, watch nature unfold.
    Coconut Odyssey: On Australia’s only coconut tour, not only do you get to drink & eat from the very young green coconut to the little-known ‘Coconut Apple’ – you will also learn the truth about the health benefits of coconuts.  The ‘Tree Of Life’ has astonishing advantages from helping to reducing body fat and lowering cholesterol, to building the immune system.  A tour that helps you lose weight without exercising?!
    Stargazing: The Thala night sky is free from light pollution and filled with millions of stars.  Surrounded by sounds of the rainforest & ocean - enjoy an introduction to the beautiful Southern Constellations from an experienced & passionate guide. View many fascinating stars & planets using telescopes and binoculars at the unique outdoor observatory.
    Tree Planting: Join Thala’s gardens team to plant a tree in our natural surrounds to ‘give a little back’ to the environment in these times of trouble with regards to global warming.
    Aboriginal Cultural Presentation: Enjoy an evening rich in culture & music with members of the Kuku Yalanji tribe.  We are privileged to have these members of our community visit Thala for your appreciation and encourage all guests to join this unique personal and informal cultural experience.

    Sample Itineraries

    Thala Beach Nature Reserve can be included in any of our itineraries. Call a Swain Destinations Specialist today at 1-800-227-9246.