Thala Beach Lodge, a family owned private nature and wildlife reserve in Tropical North Queensland is now known as Thala Beach Nature Reserve.
According to the lodge, the name change better reflects Thala’s ecotourism credentials and nature-based focus. With 58 hectares of native forest on a secluded beach 15 minutes south of Port Douglas, Thala Beach Nature Reserve is surrounded by World Heritage listed reef and rainforest. It’s private and intimate – just the sort of exclusive enclave preferred by nature lovers such as those unwinding after Cairns G20 meetings recently.
Opened in 1998 and awarded the highest Ecotourism accreditation offering guests meaningful experiences while minimising environmental impact, all 83 bungalows have been refreshed. In keeping with the principals of Ecotourism, this soft refurbishment was locally supported. Delivering a harmonious balance, nature takes centre stage. Additionally, each bungalow now features original photography reproduced into canvas artworks snapped by owner Robert Prettejohn, a keen environmentalist and nature photographer.
General Manager Johan Klindt is proud of the updated bungalows, which showcase the resorts privileged position within a private nature reserve.
“We’ve long known that guests come to Thala to unwind, relax and recharge in our pristine natural environment. Updating our rooms enhances guest comfort without losing the environmentally friendly design and feel that guests love. Our new name reflects that fusion with nature,” said Klindt.
The land where Thala sits was originally purchased by Robert and Oonagh Prettejon in the early 1970’s. Over more than 30 years they’ve managed the re-establishment of complex native forests on land that was once cleared and devastated by extractive farming. Achieving eco-certification through sustainable practices and environmental sensitivity allows guests to assist in the environmental rehabilitation process. Boutique eco designed timber bungalows are built high on stilts within the forest canopy providing a private and unobtrusive approach to nature. All bungalows enjoy ocean, mountain or forest views. Timber-decked verandas provide ample opportunity for relaxing and wildlife spotting.
Located 45 minutes north of Cairns International Airport, Thala sits atop a headland with breathtaking vistas of the Coral Sea. Thala Beach Nature Reserve provides an island-feel eco retreat, making it an ideal base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. With the change of name to Thala Beach Nature Reserve, Thala offers visitors to Tropical North Queensland an exclusive opportunity to immerse themselves in nature while minimising their environmental footprint.