10 great reasons to stay at Thala Beach Nature Reserve:

  • excellent bird-watching opportunities with on-site hide available

  • star-gazing tour included to enjoy the Dark Sky environment

  • has the highest level of eco-tourism accreditation and is a member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World

  • reef and rainforest tours easily available from here

  • helipad available for private transfers and reef and rainforest tours

  • 4 room types offering a stay for most budgets with free-standing bungalows and suites available

  • 2 kms of private-access sandy beaches available to guests - take an early morning guided kayak tour

  • 2 free-form rock swimming pools in the grounds

  • the Rejuvenation Massage Studio offers treatments for guests

  • complimentary on-site guided tours including nature tours and talks by indigenous elders


Just moments off the road to Port Douglas from Cairns this beautiful lodge sits on a stunning site overlooking the Coral Sea, surrounded by coastal bush and a producing coconut plantation - a fresh coconut juice at the bar takes on a whole new meaning here. With 180 degree views from the coast at Palm Cove to the distant Daintree National Park, the views from the property are spectacular. In true tropical style the main lodge area and restaurant are open-sided, letting that delicious view leap right on to your plate - while cooling breezes waft in from the sea, barely disturbing the umbrella in your cocktail.

Accommodation is in 83 eco-luxe suites hidden along bush-shrouded tracks or perched along the hilltop. Positioning of these suites varies with some enjoying a wide view over the ocean while others sit close to the forest floor - perfect for bird-watchers. A golf cart is available to get you to and from the main lodge or the carpark, but the walking is mostly easy. Beautiful Oak Beach opens out below the lodge with its gorgeous white coral sand and azure blue water. Surrounded by ocean on three sides the feeling is more island than mainland - your tropical island escape maybe?

Thala Beach Nature Reserve has a unique habitat including rainforest, open woodlands, mangrove forest, grasslands, regrowth areas, a rich coastal marine environment and the coconut plantation, all surrounded by World Heritage forest. Native wildlife including Striped Possums, sugar gliders and tiny Musky Rat kangaroos wander through the bush, and Orange-Footed Scrub Fowl nest in the dry litter on the forest floor.

Thala Beach Nature Reserve offers a fabulous stay for families, couples and groups and is particularly appealing to nature lovers and those wanting a quiet couples stay.


rates at Thala Beach Nature Reserve - from $AU 379-935 per room per night for 2