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Thala Beach Lodge, QLD

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by Sharon Higson (subscribe)
60 and still adventuring !!
Published May 29th 2013
Be inspired by the natural settings that is Thala Beach Lodg
Not sure where you should stay in tropical north Queensland when you go to the Great Barrier Reef? Looking for something different?

Situated just 16km south of Port Douglas and a 50 minute drive from the Cairns airport is the Thala Beach Lodge. Rent a car at the airport and enjoy the drive up.

The Captain Cook highway juts in and out of the forested embankments, beaches come and go and the ocean views capture your attention as you make your way along this stunning drive to the lodge.

When you arrive you are greeted, the porters take your bags and your car as there is no driving on the grounds. While you are waiting to get into your room you are offered fresh juice and a well-placed seat in the lodge with the most amazing views of the ocean and the mountains. One of the staff will guide you along the path to where you will reside for your stay.

Maps of the grounds

You will be pleased to see why instead of building a hotel of sky scraper proportions the owners chose to keep the natural setting in which the lodge lies. Located on 145 acres, the forest is intact, the winding pathways and left over palms from its plantation days make this a secluded romantic hideaway. Off in the distance the forested mountains sweep their way down to the warm tropical Coral Sea.

Walk for miles on the beach

The accommodations are bungalows of varying heights. Some are built up on wooden stilts to lookout to the ocean or the forest canopy. Others are lower and look into the forest where you can dwell with the birds. The polished, wooden floors gleam and the screened, slatted windows open to let the views in. Double glass doors open out on to a private balcony where there is room to sit and enjoy the green surroundings.

Rooms with a view

The grounds are laid out so that each bungalow has its own space. Walk and wander along the winding paths that will lead you to the main lodge or one of the two pools where water cascades in from over the rocks. There are vantage points to sit and see the waves or you can make your way down to one of the two beaches. You can kayak with a guide at one or sit and visit Herbie's Beach Shack in season on the other. Take picnic lunches down and spend the day doing nothing, walking, taking photos or clamoring over the rocks.

The stone retaining walls lead you to the main building that houses the reception area and restaurant where you can breakfast with the Lorikeets. If the walking is a problem they have a buggy that will take you and pick you up.

The website at Thala Beach has all the information you need plus stunning photos. They even do weddings.

Be inspired by the natural setting that is Thala Beach and come discover a place among the trees.
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Phone: 07 4098 5700
Where: 16kl south of Port Douglas, QLD
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