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Thala Beach Lodge

Port Douglas, Australia

Thala Beach Lodge is a charming boutique property located on the spectacular coastal road between Cairns and Port Douglas, where the rainforest of the Daintree National Park meets the coral of the Great Barrier Reef.

At a Glance

  • Thala Beach Lodge has its own observatory for star gazing - romantic and educational

  • Thala’s bungalow accommodation blends with the surrounds beautifully, providing a luxurious sense of privacy

  • Borrow the sea-kayaks for some coastal exploring

  • Ospreys Restaurant offers fine food and views of 110 kilometers of beautiful coastline

  • Thala’s Evolution Spa offers treatments inspired by Aboriginal customs and the natural surrounds

Beach, Diving, Honeymoon, Spa & health

Insider's View

The elevated restaurant really does allow you to dine in the treetops with incredible views for up to 100km on a clear day.

Scott Dunn team

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Thala Beach Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Queensland

Description

The views from Thala Beach Lodge of this World Heritage coastline are second to none. Set in 145 acres and designed with the aesthetics of its beautiful natural surroundings in mind, Thala’s deluxe timber frame bungalows blend into the vegetation and provide a luxurious sense of privacy. There is a spectacular 2km sandy beach and secluded coves as well as the diverse nature of the rainforest to explore and of course the largest coral reef in the world is yours to discover.

The Bungalows here have been designed to blend with nature and are built from sustainable materials but do not compromise on comfort and luxury. Chose from the Jungle Walk Bungalows which are far from the resort's hub and are peaceful and secluded within the forest, Eucalypt Bungalows which feel like luxurious bird hides - beautiful butterflies and tropical birds are often easily seen from the balcony which is in the rainforest canopy, or the Coral Sea Bungalow with ocean views. If you want the ultimate in privacy and romance choose the Sandpiper Suite with its spacious interior and large balcony overlooking Thala Beach Lodge's two deserted beaches.

Ospreys Restuarant is a memorable experience not only for the delicious and innovative fresh cuisine but also for the setting - high up in the treetops you dine with the birds and have uninterrupted views for over 100km. The Masked Plover cocktail bar is a relaxed, fun place for a cocktail and a chat about the day's explorations and for a more casual meal with your toes in the sand try Herbie's Beach Shack, fresh seafood, stunning sunsets and cold beer aplenty.

Thala Beach Lodge has a two freeform swimming pools with grottoes, waterfalls and Jacuzzis built in as well as a relaxing health spa but if you can tear yourself away from the comforts of the resort the surrounding area has a plethora of adventures and activities waiting to be discovered from bird watching, trekking through the jungle and guided nature walks inland to kayaking, fishing, diving, island hopping and enjoying the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef out at sea.

Accommodation

Thala offers four different types of accommodation which have been designed to compliment and blend with the environment: Jungle Walk Bungalows which are located deep within the forest, Eucalypt Bungalows which are perched among the tree canopies, Coral Sea Bungalows with views over and through the treetops to the ocean and the Sandpiper Suite perched on the headland with views over two beaches. All of the en-suite deluxe timber bungalows have air conditioning, TVs/DVD/CDs and private verandas.

Childcare

Children are very welcome at Thala Beach Lodge and the surrounding rainforest and reef will provide children and their families with an inexhaustible range of activities and adventures. The swimming pools here are great for children as they have grottoes and waterfalls and the relaxed nature of the lodge and the great service mean that families will be made to feel at home.

Facilities

Ospreys Port Douglas Restaurant serves fabulous cuisine high in the treetops with stunning views and Herbie's Beach Shack is the perfect spot to dine on fresh seafood or watch the sunset with your bare feet in the sand. Picnics can be enjoyed on your balcony or at the beach. Thala has two freeform swimming pools, over 2km of private sandy beaches and coves, an adventure desk for organising experiences and excursions, a boutique, health spa and an art gallery.

Activities

Thala offers all guests bird watching, star gazing, wildlife talks and cultural talks on a complimentary basis. In addition there are boat trips to the Great Barrier Reef, scuba diving, private guided rainforest walks, nearby golf, sea kayaking, turtle spotting, yoga and meditation sessions and cooking lessons.

Location & Directions

Port Douglas, Australia

Located on the coastal road where the rainforest of the Daintree National Park meets the coral of the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas, Cairns.

When to go

Winter (June-Aug) is high season in Queensland; the water can be chilly - at least to Australians - but its temperature rarely drops below 22°C. April through October is peak visibility time for divers. Summer is hot and sticky across the state. In North Queensland the monsoonal Wet season is from November or December through March or April. It brings heavy rains, high temperatures, extreme humidity, and cyclones. It's no problem to visit then, and the Wet or "Green" season allows an unusual opportunity to explore this region during a truly balmy time of monsoonal calms.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Thala Beach Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Queensland

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