Fodor's Expert Review Thala Beach Nature Reserve

5078 Captain Cook Hwy., Port Douglas, Queensland, 4877, Australia Fodor's Choice

Set on 145 acres of private beach, coconut groves, and forest, this eco-certified nature lodge is about low-key luxury. Guesthouses, linked by meandering, stone-lined paths, are comfy, eco-designed refuges with polished-wood floors and forest or ocean views. Open-sided, canopy-level Osprey's Restaurant, bar, lounge, and reading room have stupendous vistas of the Coral Sea and rain-forest-clad mountains. Sunset cocktails and buffet breakfasts here are accompanied by colorful parrots in the canopy and a cacophony of birdcalls. There are two natural swimming pools (one split-level, with waterfalls and grottoes), bush-walking trails, a serene wellness center, and areas for secluded sunbathing. Eco-friendly activities include wildlife, bird-watching, coconut plantation walks, Aboriginal performances, and turtle-spotting from sea kayaks. There's free Wi-Fi in the restaurant and lobby, where you'll also find a tour desk, gift shop, and gallery/jewelry outlet. There's even a helipad, used by visiting VIPs and heads of state.


  • eco-friendly ethos
  • multiday packages
  • free activities include guided walks and wildlife- and bird-watching
  • gourmet hampers available for private picnics


  • no in-room Internet access
  • hilly property is unsuitable for guests with limited mobility
  • 15-minute drive to Port Douglas


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Phones: 07-4098–5700 | 866-998–4252-toll-free from U.S.


83 individual cabins (bungalows and suites)
Rate Includes: All-inclusive; Free breakfast; No meals

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