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Unique Eco Resort Located Between Cairns And Port Douglas Australia
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If you’re keen to take a break in an eco-conscious destination, where the environment is the star and the facilities revolve around its measure, take a look at Thala Beach Lodge. Located just south of Port Douglas, in Far North Queensland, Thala provides a number of activities to get you focused on the natural surrounds that are so often taken for granted.
Firstly, owners Rob and Oonagh Prettejohn had to regenerate much of its 145 hectares that were previously degraded sugar cane. Today, the resort hosts six different natural habitats, including rare littoral rainforest, beachfront casuarinas and mangroves, and dry eucalypt woodland, gallery forest and coconut trees on higher ground. Thousands of native plants have also been planted, which has greatly improved the floral and faunal population.
All cabins at Thala have their own balcony, fronting onto either beachfront, rainforest, or both, while nearby lie two freeform rock pools that sit snugly amongst forest paths. Onsite facilities include Ospreys Restaurant, which serves up fresh, local cuisine such as barramundi, sea scallops and mud crab. It also offers an extensive selection of Australian wine.
Here there’s the option of having a picnic basket delivered to your room, so you can laze on the balcony, soak up the view, and savour the regional delicacies in Eden-like surrounds. And if you’re feeling a bit more curious, there’s an onsite nature walk through littoral rainforest, an osprey bird hide, coconut plantation tour, sea kayaking and star gazing at the onsite astronomy.
To facilitate its natural experience, Thala has an onsite flora and fauna expert to introduce guests some to the many onsite species. There’s also nature walks, where guests can see the many colourful birds and butterflies, and an osprey bird hide, which allows guests to see these majestic birds first hand. Then there’s Australia’s only coconut tour, where enthusiast Carl introduces guests to the many magical properties this often overlooked nut provides.
If you’re looking for other ways to get in touch with nature, check out Thala’s onsite astronomy site, where Rose Wyatte will enthusiastically introduce you to the Southern Hemisphere at night. And if you haven’t been paying enough attention to the sea, the onsite sea kayaking can introduce you to green turtles, dolphins, and the many colourful fish that can be found just offshore.
Thala Beach Lodge is also built in a way that figures in harmony with the natural environment, as it’s constructed from local, sustainable materials that aesthetically suits the environment. It also supports local community by inviting the elders of the KuKu Yalanji to introduce guests to their culture. Information shared includes healing plants, bush foods, rituals, local history and traditional music.
As a result of its efforts, Thala has received the highest eco-tourism accreditation for an accommodation. It’s also helped boost the standard required in eco-tourism certification.
For further information on this beautiful Port Douglas accommodation visit Thala Beach Lodge's at www.thalabeach.com.au
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