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Thala Beach Lodge

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Thala Beach Lodge

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Thala Beach Lodge is located on the northernmost headland of a 2km stretch of untouched coastline. The views from our restaurant are panoramic, taking in the Far North Queensland coast from Double Island to Cape Tribulation, and from the sparkling waters of the Great Barrier Reef to the World Heritage Forests that cover our coastal ranges.

Thala is located 10 minutes, by regular shuttle, from Port Douglas. All tours in the Cairns, Port Douglas area pick up at the Lodge. All local specialist tours can be arranged for you after arrival.

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Thala Beach Lodge is a privately owned five star luxury beach resort, situated 38 kilometres North of the city of Cairns and 16 kilometres South of the village of Port Douglas. Timber bungalows are scattered amongst a hundred and forty five acres of wooded headland and secluded beaches. It is one of the world's most beautiful private beach locations.

The story of the natural history of Australia is unique and Thala nurtures this environment. Grass Trees sprout along pathways, their scaly black trunks topped with tufted grassy headdresses, stunted reminders of a land long ago. Slate paving, cut from a nearby quarry, show glimpses of Gondwana in fossils over 400 million years old.

The main building at this Port Douglas retreat is designed to embrace all the elements of the tropics. Built from local timbers, it is open and spacious, allowing the cool sea breezes to flow. The polished timber reflects the warm sun of the tropics by day and the soft flicker of lamp light by night.

Birds are a constant source of entertainment with Lorikeets, Sun Birds and Honey Eaters taking advantage of the high ceilings to swoop through the dining room and bar. Kookaburras watch quizzically from nearby trees.

Travel Agent Reviews

Review date:   September 19, 2014 1:02PM
Review:   Recommended for: Couples, Honeymooners

Pros: Upon arrival at the Thala Lodge, everything is put at ease as you are greeted with a welcome drink as your bags are brought to your own private bungalow. Showcasing a lush architectural design and fabulous staff, our stay at the Thala Lodge was among the highlights of our entire vacation in Australia. Featuring an exotic rock pool, various beach entries, and several on site activities, there was always something to do at the Lodge. Should you feel the need to do more, the staff is very knowledgeable and was able to offer additional options. Dining at the property was top notch, and was able to cater to food restrictions (ie gluten free, etc). Picnic basket dinning was even offered should one feel the need to have a small bite during their activity! Being in a secluded area, a shuttle service was offered for those wanting to go up to Port Douglas. Best be sure to know the shuttle times as you may find yourself paying for a cab or waiting for an extended time if you are to mess up!

Cons: Enjoying our stay at the Thala Lodge, we have no major complaints. A few minimal issues we had were that small children were allowed in the dinning room, which is okay if the children would behave. However, when you are enjoying a several hundred dollar dinner and there is a kid running around and/or screaming at the table next to you, doesn't always make for the desired atmosphere! Additionally, the hot tub is heated by the sun during the day and very cold at night, which didn't help if you wanted to wind down and relax in the hot tub after a long day of participating in tours or traveling!

Travel Agent:  
Lynn Hakam, L & M Travel   Lynn Hakam
L & M Travel
Fountain Valley, CA US

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Review date:   June 7, 2018 7:49AM
Review:   Nice and peacefully located..... our room allowed us an amazing view of the Coral Sea, which was spectacular with the full moon rising. Going to sleep to the gentle rustle of the trees and the waves lapping at the beach was so pleasant instead of my usually routine of traffic noise. Breakfast every morning with one of the most spectacular views for a restaurant made every morning a great start. The private access beach was incredible and at sunrise it was all ours. Even as the day grew long you'd be forgiven in thinking it was made just for you. The staff were fantastic. Always more than willing to assist. Asking about plans for the day ahead and also asking what we got up to. I could recommend this place highly enough. I will definitely be back
Author:   Daniel Hoeler
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Review date:   June 24, 2018 7:53PM
Review:   You absolutely get what you pay for at this resort. We felt far away, tucked in the rainforest. We loved discovering the plentiful wildlife that abounds within a short walk on the grounds, relaxing in the hammocks on the beach, or just having a bottle of wine off the back porch. The staff there are friendly and care a lot about you having a good time. We were totally blown away, and hope to come back again for another special occasion in the future.
Author:   Jessica Haggett
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Review date:   March 30, 2018 7:29AM
Review:   The service is outstanding. Well trained, local staff with a quick personal connection to the customer. Nothing is too much trouble. The tree houses are well positioned and private.The beach is quiet; definitely request a picnic lunch and a bottle of wine. We booked the Great Barrier Reef trip with the Calypso group - professionals with an eye on safety- despite the cyclone off-shore, we had a memorable time. For visitors with an aversion to mossies - watch out and use the spray on arrival. Be aware that the ocean is closed to swimmers Nov-April due to stinger jellyfish! Classy establishment - totally unspoiled, and well worth the extra money. Highly recommended.
Author:   Katrin Kelbert
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Review date:   May 4, 2018 10:32AM
Review:   Excellent rooms and location, service is fantastic and the team at Thala Beach Lodge are very accommodating, friendly. Location is perfect and close to Port Douglas and Cairns, great access to some of the beaches. Rooms are well maintained with great views. Great activities in and around the lodge. Would definetely recommend to others and would stay here again.
Author:   Ameen Sonpra
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Review date:   April 9, 2018 11:52PM
Review:   Absolutely loved our time here. Everything me and my wife could want as the last leg in our honey moon. The rooms were perfect, clean, large, and comfortable. You felt like you were in the middle of nowhere and you still had absolutely every adminity. The restaurant was wonderful as well. Best Gnocchi i have ever had hands down. Wish I could go back again...... Like Right now.
Author:   Dustin parr
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