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Thala Beach Nature Reserve

Thala Beach Nature Reserve is a Port Douglas resort located on a private headland between Cairns and Port Douglas offering a selection of unique accommodation options.
5078 Captain Cook Hwy, Oak Beach, QLD, 4877, Australia
Rates from $309

Thala Beach Nature Reserve Details 


Thala Beach Nature Reserve is a Port Douglas resort located on a private headland between Cairns and Port Douglas offering a selection of unique accommodation options. The resort has achieved the highest level of Advanced Eco Certification. Unique and complimentary on site tours and experiences are available for guests to enjoy during their stay.
Thala Beach Nature Reserve has many facilities across 58 hectare of beachfront native forest. The Main Lodge is the hub of Thala – here you’ll find Osprey’s Restaurant on one side of the pavilion-style building looking northwards with mountain and ocean views. Curlews Lounge & Bar forms the southern pavilion overlooking more mountains and ocean all the way to Double Island and Cairns beyond. Connecting the pavilions is where you’ll find Reception, the boutique, Adventure desk, art gallery and the Rainforest Lounge.
Two Freeform Pools
Our main swimming pool is located on the crest of the headland adjacent to Thala’s Main Lodge. This stunning pool features waterfalls, spas and grottos for that late night romantic swim, or just to recline on the edge of the water and gaze out over the ocean. Sun lounges are dotted around the pool beneath shady trees.
Secluded among the gardens is the “Rock Pool” a smaller and more intimate swimming pool for guests looking for a quiet grove in which to relax. A waterfall cascades into the swimming pool which is surrounded by rainforest.
Private Sandy Beaches
A deluxe eco retreat surrounded by over 2 km of private sandy beaches and sheltered coves, Thala sits on a headland jutting into the Coral Sea. Long evening walks, romantic beach picnics or relaxing in hammocks strung between palm trees, Oak Beach is a secret piece of paradise for Thala’s guests.
NOTE: Swimming in the ocean is not recommended between November and May due to the potential presence of dangerous marine stingers across more than 2,000km of coastline in northern Australian waters (Queensland, Northern Territory & West Australia). Two freshwater freeform swimming pools are available for swimming year round. For more information on climate and ocean hazards check out local area weather page
Check out Thala’s Private Beach page for more photos.
Walking Trails
A network of marked walking trails meander through native forest, palm groves and our very own coconut plantation.
Keep an eye out for wallabies grazing in the early morning and late afternoon. Slow moving monitor lizards are often spotted on the forest floor.
Overhead in the forest canopy birds and butterflies can be seen with the naked eye or by using complimentary binoculars available from reception.
Download Thala’s Walking Trails map.
Massage Studio
Rejuvenate Massage Studio offers a selection of signature treatments from massage, facials, body scrubs and wraps. Visit our Massage Studio page for more information or to make a booking. Australian Currency Exchange
We have the latest international exchange rates available 24 hours a day at reception and all foreign currencies and travellers cheques can be converted. Opals and Jewellery
We have a wonderful display of Australian Opals and handcrafted jewellery for sale with an expert on site to inform and assist you with your purchases. Adventure Desk
Contact us at reception, or see one of our staff at the tour desk to organize tours and on site experiences. If you require any assistance with a lift to the Main Lodge or a lift to the beach our staff are on hand to assist with electric buggy transfers 24 hours per day. Valet Parking
Complimentary valet parking is available for all guests. On arrival simply follow the driveway to the Main Lodge. Our Porters will take care of your luggage and park your car while you relax and slip into holiday mode. If you need your car to explore the local area just let us know and we’ll have it waiting outside the Main Lodge, no matter the time of day or night.
Thala’s Boutique is open from early morning until after dinner each evening. The Boutique stocks a range of products from local suppliers as well as holiday essentials, souvenirs and gifts.
Art Gallery
Thala hosts a wonderful display of works by local artists. Beautiful canvases grace the walls of the Main Lodge and we invite you to browse in our exclusive gallery.
There is a world class 18 hole championship golf course only 10 minutes from Thala. Please contact our tour desk or reception to arrange a time for a game of golf.
Thala Beach Nature Reserve is a privately owned deluxe eco retreat situated 38 kilometres north of the city of Cairns (approx 45 mins drive) and 16 kilometres south of the village of Port Douglas (approx 10 mins drive). Timber bungalows are scattered amongst 58 hectares of wooded headland and private access beaches. It is one of the world’s most beautiful private beach locations.
Guest Lounge and Reading Room
Curlews Lounge is a circular guest lounge and reading room perched high amongst the popular gums with a breathtaking view over the Coral Sea. Small islands dot the horizon poking out of the waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Mountains clad in dense forest, protected by World Heritage Listing, sprawl across the skyline falling to the ocean’s edge.Forest paths weave amongst wispy eucalyptus with chalk white bark, linking the bungalows with the main lodge building. Paths weave throughout the forest, up and down hills and onto the sandy beach where delightful hours can be spent discovering secluded coves or just feeling the warm sand between your toes. Walking trails are cleared through the southern forest for guests to explore Thala’s grounds – pick up a birders field guide and a pair of binoculars from reception before you go!
Whether strolling under the coconut palms on our private tropical beach or relaxing with cocktails watching the sunset over the coastal ranges, you will be enchanted by your surrounds. Thala Beach Nature Reserve’s Port Douglas accommodation provides a natural and secluded environment for your relaxation, and is a tranquil haven at the end of a hard day’s exploring.
Thala’s stunning world class Osprey’s Restaurant is situated on top of the headland with panoramic views over the coral sea and tropical rainforest ranges. Open for breakfast lunch and dinner.
On-Site Experiences
There are a range of onsite experiences for guests at Thala to enjoy – including garden walks, birdwatching and star gazing in the evenings.
Thala Beach Nature Reserve is located on a picturesque private headland between Cairns and Port Douglas, Australia.
Follow the ocean road from Cairns with the dramatic rainforest mountains to one side and the sparkling Coral Sea to other, as you head towards Port Douglas and Thala Beach Nature Reserve.
Turning into Thala’s 145 acres of private grounds, the driveway weaves through a coconut plantation and past the private bungalows set discreetly in tropical gardens until you arrive at the impressive main building and the reception area.
An exclusive Port Douglas accommodation destination, Thala is perfectly positioned, nestled between two World Heritage listed sites, the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest.
There are 4 different accommodation options at Thala Beach Nature Reserve: Jungle Walk Bungalows, Eucalypt Bungalows, Coral Sea Bungalows and The Sandpiper Suite – Thala’s premium accommodation.
Sandpiper Suite
Perched on the southern most point of Thala’s private headland and surrounded by nature, the Sandpiper Suite is the ultimate in setting, romance and privacy. With a vista that stretches from the dunes to white sandy beaches and the sparkling Coral Sea, the views from Sandpiper Suite extend out across the sea to a cluster of small islands and a perfectly unbroken horizon.
Coral Sea Bungalow
Coral Sea Bungalows follow the higher ridges of Thala’s private headland, with vistas over the top fringes of the forest canopy to a spectacular ocean views across the Coral Sea.
Eucalypt Bungalow
Thala’s Eucalypt Bungalows allow you to intimately experience the unique tropical forest in supreme comfort and privacy. Eucalypt Bungalows are individually positioned and border Thala’s pathways as they gently rise up the headland through lush Eucalypt forest.
Jungle Walk Bungalow
Experience the unique woodland forest from Thala’s Jungle Walk Bungalows. Located within the forest, Jungle Walk Bungalows combine comfort with the deep green, earthy beauty of the jungle.


Air conditioning
Bath & Shower
TV & DVD Player
Tea & Coffee

Checking In & Out

Check-in from 2pm and check-out by 11am


Coral Sea Bungalow: from $543 per night (for 5+ nights)
Eucalypt Bungalow: from $367 per night (for 5+ nights)
Jungle Walk Bungalow: from $255 per night (for 5+ nights)
Checking In & Out
$309 / per night



The area offers some fantastic food options sourcing the region’s best produce and catering to a range of budgets, see some of the best below:
Origin Espresso
The Little Larder Port Douglas
Whileaway Coffeeshop
Make sure you book in advance if you plan to eat at any of the above restaurants as they are very popular and easily fill for the weekend.
We also offer a concierge service on this property if you would like us to arrange any bookings.



Getting There and Distances

Thala Beach Nature Reserve is 14 kms to Port Douglas, 51 kms from Cairns and 1,749 kms from Brisbane

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