The Hotel: Thala Beach Nature Resort
Located along private headland just a 10-minute drive from Port Douglas, with panoramic views of Double Island, Cape Tribulation, and even the Great Barrier Reef, Thala Beach Nature Reserve is for guests who want to take the time to be around nature. With bungalows spread throughout the tropical forest canopy, which provides habitats for local birds, plants, and animals, guests are surrounded by natural beauty. Choose to enjoy the surroundings, or take the shuttle to Port Douglas for shops and restaurants that might take your fancy.
Groupies can join onsite rangers on daily scheduled guided tours such as wallaby walks, nature discovery, bird watching, tree planting, coconut odyssey, and beach combing tours, or spend an evening stargazing at Thala’s specially-designed outdoor observatory. The resort also offers weekly evening presentations by local indigenous populations. Marked walking trails can be explored, or guests can relax by taking a dip in one of two freshwater freeform pools, or opting to get a massage at the resort’s Rejuvenate Massage Studio.
Guests can enjoy modern Australian cuisine with lovely views at the resort’s Osprey’s Restaurant, or indulge in a drink at the Masked Plover Cocktail Bar. After a good meal, guests can retire to their Jungle Walk Bungalow set within the woodland forest on the resort’s grounds. Enjoy the sounds of nature while relaxing on your private verandah, or relax by watching a DVD, stay connected by using the main lobby’s Wi-Fi.
Jungle Walk Bungalow
- Bed size/type: King bed or two king singles
- Standard occupancy: Two people
- Maximum occupancy: Two people * Located within the forest, finished in natural colours, and located furthest from the main lodge area; the bungalow features a balcony, bathroom with a bath and shower, air conditioning and ceiling fans, TV with in-house movies, and tea- and coffee-making facilities
The Area: Port Douglas, QLD
Close to the two World Heritage sites of the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, the coastal village of Port Douglas is awash with pristine natural wonders. The beachy, organic lifestyle of Port Douglas is reflected in all elements, from its relaxed sidewalk cafés to the colourful weekend markets and unique artisan boutiques.
Wander down to Four Mile Beach, where people can stroll, swim or surf to their heart’s content. Those eager for some natural green settings head up the coast to the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest. As the oldest of its kind in the world, the forest is home to a unique array of wildlife and sprawling canopies. Thrill seekers head north and set out on an off-road 4WD adventure around Cape Tribulation.
The Great Barrier Reef is another nearby sight, and one not to be missed. Take an island day trip, scenic flight or dive tour and get a new appreciation for this natural wonder. Back in Port Douglas, folks continue their vacation with a wander around the Esplanade and Macrossan Street, stopping by cafés, boutiques, restaurants and even bars as the night creeps in. On the weekend shoppers head to Anzac Park for the Sunday markets, where they can pick up fresh produce and colourful flowers.