Thala Beach Nature Reserve
Ph: 07 4098 5700
Address:Captain Cook Highway, 45 minutes drive north of Cairns and 10 minutes drive south of Port Douglas

Thala Beach Nature Reserve is a deluxe family-owned eco retreat and birdwatcher’s paradise with over 195 species documented and is set on 145 acres of native forest. Conveniently located 45 minutes’ drive north of Cairns and 15 minutes south of Port Douglas, guests enjoy the best of the tropics at Thala. Sitting atop a headland with breathtaking ocean and mountain vistas, Thala provides an island-feel experience and is the ideal base for exploring the birds and nature of the Wet Tropics, Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef regions.

Thala has proudly achieved the highest accreditation of eco-certification. 83 boutique timber bungalows are built high on stilts within the forest canopy providing a private and unobtrusive approach to birds and nature. All bungalows enjoy ocean, mountain and/or forest views.

Granite boulders, waterfalls and overhanging trees surround two swimming pools blending discretely within the environment. For those who like to explore, Thala has eight kilometres of paths that wind through the forests, connecting with secluded coves and beaches, passing through various habitats for endemic birds, wildlife and flora.

Osprey’s Restaurant offers panoramic vistas across the sparkling waters of the Coral Sea and the World Heritage rainforest clad coastal ranges. Guests and visitors dine among the birds in the surrounding treetops while enjoying modern Australian cuisine with friendly service.

Guests also enjoy complimentary guided tours by onsite rangers including stargazing at an outdoor observatory, bird and nature walks. Thala’s organic 650 tree coconut plantation is home to a unique ‘coconut odyssey’ tour highlighting the extraordinary qualities of the ‘tree of life’.

Magical moments are created at Thala Beach Nature Reserve. A feeling of unspoiled wilderness sets the ambiance; and is the perfect base to see the birds of Tropical North Queensland.
A special combination of beauty, wilderness and seclusion awaits you.

Some bird species seen regularly on the property:

  • White Breasted Sea Eagle
  • Osprey
  • Brahminy Kite
  • Papuan Frogmouth
  • Rufous Owl
  • Macleay’s Honeyeater
  • Double eyed Fig parrot
  • Nankeen Night Heron
  • Mistletoebird
  • Helmeted Friarbird
  • Torresian Imperial Pigeon
  • Metallic Starling
  • Australian Pied Oystercatcher
  • Beach Stone Curlew
  • Emerald Dove
  • Pheasant Coucal
  • Little Kingfisher
  • Blue Winged Kookaburra
  • Brown Goshawk
  • Spangled Drongo

Other wildlife species seen on our property:

  • Lace Monitor
  • Eastern Long-beaked Echidna
  • Agile Wallaby
  • Musky Rat Kangaroo
  • Bottle Nosed Dolphins
  • Green Turtle
  • Striped Possum
  • Dugong
  • Sugar Glider
  • Ulysses Butterfly