Rainforest Ecotourism Resort


Hotel Services & Information

Private dining in Ospreys Restaurant, Masked Plovers Bar

Curlews Reading Room, Business facilities

Valet parking

Guided onsite tours (tree planting, birdwatching, nature walks, beachcombing, coconut odyssey, stargazing)

Day spa / massage, Art & jewellery gallery and library

2 free form rock pools (outdoor)

24-hour concierge and Reception

10kms bushwalking trails, 2kms private beaches


Australian timber & granite has been used throughout creating an ambience reflecting the pristine environment. All bungalows are airconditioned, 45m2 (excluding Sandpiper Suite – approx 60m2), stylishly decorated, have screened windows and sublime views either to the ocean or forested mountains.

In-room amenities include television, DVD player (complimentary movies available), refrigerator, mini bar, private granite bathroom with a separate bathtub and shower, bathrobes & slippers (Sandpiper & Coral Sea only), hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, in room safe, iron, ironing board, dial-up internet (wireless installation 2009), and ISDD telephone.



Natural Area Focus

Thala is built atop a private peninsular jutting into the Coral Sea, surrounded by miles of World Heritage coastline and The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park on the seaward side. Thala’s magnificent 145 acre peninsular has six different habitats concentrated into this small area. Ancient littoral rainforest, casuarinas and mangroves lap the beach, while dry eucalypt woodland, gallery forest and coconuts occupy the higher ground and inland creeks. Each habitat attracts its own unique species.

Environmental Sustainability

In the early 1970’s Rob & Oonagh Prettejohn purchased the 145 acre Peninsula. At the time Thala only had 45 acres of the original forest. The balance of 100 acres had been cleared and was a degraded, unsustainable sugar cane plantation. Environmental sensitivities were not as they are today and planning approval at the time would have allowed for a 700 bedroom hotel to be built! Fortunately as locals with a feel for a low impact on this wonderful environment, this was not their style. They planted many thousands of indigenous plants to rehabilitate the area and start its return back to a wild natural state. The lodge is built out of natural sustainable materials in a low impact style that does not set out to dominate the surrounding landscape.

Contribution to Conservation

Thala Beach Lodge is a beacon of hope as mankind progresses from being ‘the demolisher’ to ‘the conserver’ and now to ‘the environmental benefactor’. Over a period of 30 years, Rob and Oonagh have shepherded the re-establishment of complex forests on land that was once cleared and devastated by extractive farming. With the return of the forests, wildlife populations have exploded bringing their pulsating natural energy.

Customer Satisfaction

Rob and Oonagh employ wildlife specialists who are on hand to guide and amaze their guests in their forests, the beaches or along their rocky headland. This is done in a personalised quiet and unregimented fashion: Designed so guests can enjoy the thrill of making their very own discoveries. They might see rare Snub-finned Dolphins , followed soon afterwards by a resident Osprey diving for fish to feed her chicks. Then delicately treading along sandy paths through the magnificent rainforest with its many species of tropical birds and butterflies. Guests are encouraged to add new sightings to the growing lists recorded.

Working with Local Communities

Recognising the importance of the spirit of our local indigenous communities Thala invites the elders of the KuKu Yalanji community to take our guests through the journey of their culture. From healing plants to bush food the elders bring in leaves and seeds for guests to handle and learn their history and importance to the survival of this wonderful community. Thala is always grateful to the KuKu Yalanji elders for their eager sharing of their ancient knowledge.




What we love

5 star family owned & operated Thala Beach Nature Reserve offers Queensland Eco Resort accommodation with the highest accreditation of eco certification through its sustainable practice and environmental sensitivity.


Tell me more…

Thala Beach Nature Reserve is located 45 minutes north of the Cairns International Airport and 15 minutes south of Port Douglas. Sitting spectacularly atop a peninsula with breathtaking views of untouched coastline, it is the only beach nature lodge between Cairns & Port Douglas and provides the perfect location to explore the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest.


Get the Facts

Where is it?  Oak Beach

What?  Eco Resort

How many?   Sariety of styles

Who?   Thala can accommodate couples to conference groups

How much? Check latest availability and rates here



Sounding Good?  Read on…

83 deluxe timber bungalows are built high on stilts and nestle in the forest canopy providing a magical and unobtrusive relationship with the natural world. All bungalows offer ocean, mountain or forest views. Guests can relax on their private balcony and enjoy the native birds and wildlife. All rooms are air-conditioned and offer a bathtub, a refrigerator, and a minibar. All rooms feature flat-screen TVs with digital channels, and you can enjoy furnished balconies or patios, DVD players, and in-room childcare. Minibars provide refreshments, and in-room dining is easy with amenities like refrigerators and room service. Nice touches to enhance your stay include slippers and free toiletries. Separate bathtubs and showers, coffee/tea makers, and in-room massages are also available. Limited housekeeping is available.

Paths meander through rainforests and connect with 2kms of private sandy beaches. Delightful hours are spent discovering native flora & fauna, secluded coves and rock pools.

The property features an organic coconut plantation, and natural swimming pools formed by granite boulders and waterfalls. Free guided nature tours are available and include tree planting, stargazing at an outdoor observatory, beach discovery, wildlife walks and bird-watching tours.

The views from the restaurant are panoramic across the Coral Sea and forested coastline. Guests dine among the birds in the surrounding treetops whilst enjoying fine food with friendly five-star service. All over the resort’s 145 acres, guests find themselves in an enchanting and relaxing environment.

Manager Johan Klindt
Address: Thala Beach Nature Reserve
Private Road, Oak Beach
Port Douglas 4877. Qld, Australia

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