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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.

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 center of Port Douglas. It is private and exclusive. A special combination of beauty, wilderness and seclusion awaits you.
Thala Beach Nature Reserve
Thala Beach Nature Reserve
Thala Beach Nature Reserve
Thala Beach Nature Reserve
Thala Beach Nature Reserve
Thala Beach Nature Reserve
Thala Beach Nature Reserve
Thala Beach Nature Reserve
Thala Beach Nature Reserve
Thala Beach Nature Reserve
Thala Beach Nature Reserve
Thala Beach Nature Reserve

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 – approximately 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.

Settled in the treetops in a high position on our private headland is The Birdwing Suite. The suite’s commanding views to the north and south over the forest canopy out to the horizon of the Coral Sea creates an inspiring situation to unwind and step away from the crowd. The deluxe bedroom, separate lounge room, wrapping deck, generous bathroom, a simple kitchenette and exclusive location all contribute to this breathtaking room.

The Kingfisher Suite is a 2 bedroom bungalow suitable for a maximum of 4 people. It is a popular choice for families, friends or couples travelling together. The room includes 2 x bedrooms, outdoor and indoor living areas, a simple kitchenette (microwave, full size fridge & sink) and an open plan outlook through the forest.

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.  

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.  



Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia



Available Amenities:

24 Hour Reception

Mini Bar

On-Site Activities

On-Site Dining

On-Site Parking



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Price Guide

$ = Up to $299
$$ = $300 to $599
$$$ = $600 to $999
$$$$ = $1000 to $2499
$$$$$ = $2500+
Starting price per room, per night, in USD and based on double occupancy.