Thala Beach Nature Reserve: The ultimate spot to explore two UNESCO World heritage sites side by side
The Thala Beach Nature Reserve is located on 58 hectares along a pristine beachfront and wild jungle. With two UNEASCO world heritage sites next to this reserve this is a great place for the family to stay while exploring the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. It’s also just a short 15 minute drive from the lively Port Douglas in Northern Australia. You will be immersed in nature as soon as you set foot onto the Thala Beach Nature Reserve which provides sweeping views of the coastline and access to two private beaches while still being able to enjoy the gorgeous hotel amenities.
The Reserve also has a gift shop and art gallery, as well as a spa and massage studio. Unfortunately, we did not have enough time to visit the spa with all the activities available onside and off side the Reserve. We did visit the gift shop frequently though for a little ice cream splurge.
The lodge is owned by a eco-friendly family that purchased the land with 100 acres of Sugarcane, the family spent the next 30 years planting trees and restoring the damaged ecosystem. It’s a beautiful and inspiring success story of how we can restore the environment and ecosystem of overused land. The care of the land is visible to everybody lucky enough to witness the returned wildlife and amazing nature.
Guests, upon arrival to the reserve, receive their own water aluminum bottle to keep in order to avoid using plastic bottles.
Tips for Families
Children are welcome from 3 years and up and they are happy to add a rollaway bed for children under 12 years old in most rooms for an additional fee. They provide highchairs and have plenty of games in the lounge area to play with.
Young adventure travelers who love nature and animals will have a blast at the lodge and are encouraged to join the nature activities that are offered.
The lodge is built on a hill and has small footpaths and stairs that may be difficult to navigate with a stroller or people with mobility issues.
The lodge is happy to provide golf cart transportation service between facilities, the beach and the bungalows. Work with your travel consultant to confirm the best bungalows for your family.
The resort is located 45 min drive north of the Cairns airport along the stunning Captain Cook Highway, you may need more time depending on how often you stop to enjoy the views along the coast. We decided to rent a car and self-drive since we knew we would like to explore the Daintree Rainforest as well.
You can also book an airport transfer via shuttle bus or private car from the Cairns International or Domestic airports.
Last but not least, you also have the option to arrive via helicopter as the Reserve has a heli-pad.
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Nicky Schick is a certified family travel consultant and writer. On the go and in the know with first-hand experience!