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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:   October 27, 2017 12:51PM
Review:   Very nice place. Loved the cottage. Wonderful beach and grounds. Pleasant staff. Very helpful. Food options need improvement. Need simple choices and easier access
Author:   Phil Hunsberger
Rating (out of 3 stars):  

Review date:   August 21, 2017 2:33AM
Review:   Fantastic service! Amazing views and facilities I regret not staying longer, I would have changed my trip to stay one more night instead of staying two nights in Cairns. The staff was very friendly and so calm that place ricks of serenity. The food at the restaurant was Delicious and well served. I will come back.
Author:   Juan Luis Hernandez Flores
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Review date:   September 7, 2017 8:39AM
Review:   My mum and I had the most amazing holiday and can't wait to come back! Exceptional service, utter relaxation, and fantastic food. The chef went above and beyond for my vegan diet and you could see the love and care given.
Author:   Nicola Vircoe
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Review date:   November 29, 2017 6:47AM
Review:   Fantastic location and service. Restaurant also delivering really good food for a hotel restaurant and worth a visit just for food and views. Accommodation is in need of refurbishment really and is quite dated, but can be overlooked given the other positives. We had a fantastic stay and would return
Author:   Jonathan Francis
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Review date:   September 11, 2017 6:57AM
Review:   If you're looking for a relaxing stay in Far North Qld, Thala Beach Nature Reserve is it! Located just a short drive from Port Douglas, nestled amongst the forest with an abundance of wildlife & spectular views out to the Coral Sea. Plenty of free activities including star gazing, nature walks & indigenous culture. The food is delicious using locally sourced ingredients. Rooms spacious and private. Highly recommended.
Author:   Leah Hancock
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