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Thala Beach Nature Reserve

4.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Very relaxing and tranquil hotel that offers a unique experience. The hotel is like living in a small national park that offers plenty of animal watching opportunities at any time of the day. Meet wild wallabys, flying squirrels, lizards etc right at your porch or hotel lobby. Each room is a free standing cabin serviced by golf buggies whenever you need help to get to the beach, bird watching hut etc. The restaurant is fantastic, and serve food with ingredients from their own grounds.

It's been a favourite of mine for many years. Beautiful view, great food, very relaxing and nurturing space. They have a sign out offering a 60 minute massage, lunch and a glass of wine... si I recommend calling to book this, I will be - next week!! My last visit was my 50th birthday lunch with beautiful people.

We were here in May of 2010, and we are going to visit again soon. Previously, I forgot to add my review on TripAdvisor. The grounds, staff, amenities, beach, and everything else here are truly immaculate. The location is very private and peaceful, and we only saw 1 other person on the beach during our 10 day stay in May (winter, but tropical weather - very warm all year!). However, they will arrange for anything you'd like to do during your stay, from eco tours to certified diving... so you can have grand adventures and then come back to relax as much as you want or go for a swim. The abundance of unique wildlife can keep you entertained for hours along their winding nature paths through the rain forest. The staff are excellent and the coral sea bungalows are absolutely wonderful, with simply breathtaking views. I cannot wait to visit again! Words can't describe fully how beautiful and amazing this place truly is.

Stay at Thala if you want to see Australian wildlife and birdlife up close. The locals (animals) are incredibly friendly and so are the staff who really add to the overall experience. Great lodge style property with views and beach access.

We got married at Thala Beach Nature Reserve two weeks ago. It was a perfect day, and the setting was stunning, the weather was amazing and everything went really smoothly. The staff at Thala couldn't have been more helpful and friendly. Diana especially was fantastic! Our wedding was everything we wanted, which is largely due to her and her fantastic organisational skills. We also stayed at the resort for five nights and absolutely loved it. The room was large and private, the bed was comfy, the meals were amazing and the views glorious.

This lodge is nestled in the rainforest; avery unique setting. Each unit is a spacious separate accommodation and very well furnished with an outdoor porch as a plus. The rooms are very comfortable and one feels very private. The staff is very helpful and made several arrangements for us when our trip to the outer reef was cancelled due to weather. The dining is open air and extremely pleasant. We had guests one night for dinner and they were very impressed with the facility despite the rain.

We stayed here for a week in late May/early June '17. We found the staff immediately attentive and helpful, transporting our bags to our lodge without any fuss. The receptionist walked us to our accommodation explaining all the features (restaurant, bar, pool, walks) on the way. The entire resort is perfectly located with a tropical forest on a small peninsula. Our lodge was roomy, airy, private, clean and the facilities expansive.The bed was huge and very comfortable. Plenty of storage and a fridge to keep your drinks cold. The resort provides several complimentary tours around the property including a nature and beach walk, a night skywatch (with a private observatory), bird and butterfly watching and a (surprisingly) interesting coconut odyssey. Two pools and two beaches, one a two kilometer private beach (Oak Beach) compliment the property. Although some of the lodges are a distance from the lobby and some paths steep the resort offers golf cart transport throughout. Guest can wander freely about the property on marked, cleared paths throughout, very safe and very interesting. Some members of the Thala staff excelled in their duties and earn my eternal gratitude. Claire in reception was attentive, helpful and friendly. Dave the bird expert and Emma the botanist also earn a bouquet and Linc the porter excelled also. There is a regular shuttle bus to the town of Port Douglas (for a small fee) as it is around a 20 minute drive. All up I found this resort and its environment, its staff and features outstanding.

Thank goodness decades ago a couple bought this headland to preserve the natural environment and prevent a huge hotel development. What they created working with the local indigenous people is a superb natural environment, spacious separate lodges built to 5 star standard, a private beach and a central core of restaurant, bar, lounge and pool. Electric cars are there to drive you to your lodge or the network of paths through the rainforest allow you to walk easily to beach, to pool, to the central building. There are viewpoints that give delightful views along the coast over the turtle beach and out to sea. The lodges are very comfortable and have large verandahs for those peaceful evenings. Remember that this part of the world has different seasonal challenges. We were there in the no swimming season because of marine stingers- very dangerous jelly fish. So check out Queensland's "best time to visit" if you want the beach and swim holiday!

Thala Beach Nature Reserve could easily be overlooked because of its secluded location between Cairns and Port Douglas. Doing so and missing its eco lodge attributes and peaceful location would be a sad mistake. Prettejohn's vision behind his creation of Thala Beach Nature Reserve was masterful. We stayed for 6 nights and discovered there are subtle layers to the Reserve... from the Stars, to the Coconuts, to the spiders, and on and on... While the activities available in Cairns and Port Douglas are many and important, Star gazing at the Reserve is a wonderful way to end your day, after beginning an early day birdwatching. Breakfast is available from 06:30 and offers a selection that will sate any appetite. The Lunch and Dinner menus have limited selections while encompassing all major food groups. Wine selection is also very good. Dinner itself is a leisurely experience with time to discuss the days discoveries and experiences and tomorrow plans. Food presentation and quality were excellent and most dishes reflected the Chef's subtle use of spices and flavors in unique ways. We found the staff cheerful, friendly and attentive, and helpful in planning out our days off property. In order to minimize environmental effect of the resort, rooms are serviced every two days, which at first surprised us because we didn't read the hotel info at checkin, that made good sense after a moment's contemplation. Thala Beach Nature Reserve is an excellent base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef with QuickSilver, the Daintree with Daintree Wonder Tours, sailing with SailAway, white water rafting the Barron River with Raging Thunder Adventures, enjoying the sunrise aboard a HotAirBallooning Cairns' balloon, or just enjoying a quiet evening sunset from the Reserve's Lodge. Thala Beach Nature Reserve is well worth several visits.

A secluded eco lodge with a relaxed vibe is a good summation of Thala Beach. We stayed here for four nights after spending the first three nights in Port Douglas. This allowed us to do all our exploring, reef tours etc on the first few days & then head to Thala to truly switch off. This is a real Queensland rainforest meets the beach experience. True to being an environmentally conscious resort, Thala still creates a luxury vibe, but remember if you are coming here keep in mind you will be in the rainforest & the staff can't do anything about the friendly geckos lodging in your room for free or the rainbow lorikeets causing a raucous early in the morning..... Yet this is what makes this place such a unique special experience. The main lodge is spectacular - the restaurant and bar views are incredible. All rooms are in bungalows spread about the property. I'd definitely recommend looking at their available deal packages and ensuring you have breakfast included. You are not near many amenities, so walking down the road for a coffee or breakfast is not an option, and the breakfast was a very decent spread. We had massages included in the package & they were excellent. There are free tours on the property available - if you have any interest in wildlife or the environment, I'd recommend them, we loved the coconut tour and the beach discovery walk. We really enjoyed the dinner in the restaurant for two of the nights and a seafood hamper delivered to our room the other night. Apparently the chef is relatively new & he seems to be doing a very good job, we appreciated the daily specials with the local produce. I would definitely recommend to those seeking an authentic secluded rainforest experience. If you need to disconnect from the outside world and want to feel more connected to the environment, this is a great spot.

Private Road. 5078 Capt Cook Highway Oak Beach QLD

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free valet and self parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa

Thala Beach Nature Reserve is located within a 15-minute drive of Great Barrier Reef and Wildlife Habitat. This 83-room, 4.5-star resort has 2 outdoor pools along with a private beach and a full-service spa. On the waterfront, the resort is also within a 30-minute drive of Mossman Gorge.


Sit down for a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café. Buffet breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 6:30 AM to 10 AM.


Thala Beach Nature Reserve's 83 air-conditioned rooms provide furnished balconies or patios, refrigerators, and minibars. Flat-screen TVs come with digital channels and DVD players. Bathrooms offer hair dryers, free toiletries, and slippers. Other amenities include coffee makers, ceiling fans, and safes. Limited housekeeping is available.

Property features

Thala Beach Nature Reserve features a private beach, a full-service spa, and 2 outdoor pools. Free valet and self parking are available—or if you're not driving, take the airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for AUD 35.00 per person one way. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach resort include free WiFi in public areas, 2 meeting rooms, and a conference center.

Room options

Eucalypt Bungalow

King 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Coral Sea Bungalow

King 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

90% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1394 reviews