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The staff are SO phenomenal

"I have never met more friendly, enthusiastic staff. There are small cabins, that were among the trees, just a short walk from the private beach. We were the only couple on the beach one full day."

Thala Beach Nature Reserve nurtures an environment of unique natural Australian history. Grass Trees sprout along pathways, their scaly black trunks topped with tufted grassy headdresses, stunted reminders of a land long ago. Slate paving, cut from a nearby quarry, show glimpses of gondwana in fossils over 400 million years old.

The main building at Thala Beach Nature Reserve is designed to embrace all the elements of the tropics. Built from local timbers, it is open and spacious, allowing the cool sea breezes to flow. The polished timber reflects the warm sun of the tropics by day and the soft flicker of candles by night. Birds are a constant source of entertainment with Lorikeets, Sun Birds and Honey Eaters taking advantage of the high ceilings to swoop through the dining room and bar. Kookaburras watch quizzically from nearby trees.

A circular guest lounge and reading room perches high amongst the Gums with a breathtaking view over the Pacific Ocean. Here small islands float on the horizon, suspended on 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 building. A path runs on down the headland and onto the sandy beach where delightful hours can be spent discovering secluded coves or just feeling the warm sand between your toes.

Timber bungalows are scattered amongst 145 acres of wooded headland and secluded beaches, and sit on high poles, peering through the tree canopy. All bungalows have views either to the ocean or the forested mountains. Time spent relaxing on the timber decked verandahs is always well rewarded by sightings of birds, butterflies or at night, possums and sugar gliders.

Thala Beach Nature Reserve is located on the northernmost headland of a two kilometre stretch of untouched coastline. The views from the restaurant are panoramic, taking in the Tropical North Queensland coast from Double Island to Cape Tribulation, and from the sparkling waters of the Great Barrier Reef to the World Heritage Forests that cover their coastal ranges. Dine among the birds in the surrounding treetops. Experience the tastes of the tropics surrounded by its splendour.

Whether strolling under the coconut palms on their private tropical beach or relaxing with cocktails watching the sunset over the coastal ranges, Thala Beach Nature Reserve will enchant you.

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Jungle Walk Bungalows: From $427 per couple per night.
Eucalypt Bungalows: From $586 per couple per night.
Coral Sea Bungalow: From $853 per couple per night.
Sandpiper Suite: From $1039 per couple per night.

Includes: Welcome tropical mocktail on arrival, a range of onsite guided walks and talks (nature walks, bird walks, Coconut Odyssey walk, plus stargazing and Indigenous/Cultural talks), free wifi and valet parking.

Prices are subject to change. Always ask for their best available rate at time of booking to make sure you get the best deal at LoveBirds.

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Restaurant. Cocktail Bar. Boutique. Art gallery. Two free-form pools - one with waterfalls, spas and grottoes for that late night romantic swim, or just to recline on the edge of the water and gaze out over the ocean. The other is secluded among the gardens perfect for those looking for a quiet grove in which to relax. Beaches - Thala Beach Nature Reserve is surrounded by over two kilometres of private sandy beaches and sheltered coves. Long evening walks, romantic meals or just pretending you have been cast away in Paradise - this will be an unspoiled experience. Thala's Beauty and Wellness Studio - a range of treatments, each with its own unique aroma, style of music and touch. Picnic Baskets - a beautiful picnic basket can be arranged for lunch or an early dinner on the beach. Sea Kayaks - their expert guide can take you to his secret places to look for marine turtles, stingrays, dolphins and dugongs. Thala Beach Nature Reserve is accredited at the highest possible level for eco-tourism in Australia.

There are four distinct accommodation options at Thala Beach Nature Reserve ...


Jungle Walk Bungalows capture the intimate feel of the unique woodland forest, are finished in subtle natural colours, and located deep within the forest furthest from the main lodge area. Tracks through the vine forest and birding paths are within easy access.


The Eucalypt Bungalows capture the intimate feel of Thala's unique tropical forest. By day spectacular butterflies and birds pass right by your balcony and on a still night you might hear the cackle of the Orange Footed Scrubfowl, or the distant howl of wild dingoes. There is nothing more memorable or evocative of Australia's wild places.


Each Coral Sea Bungalow has a spectacular view over the ocean yet is unobtrusively tucked away into the natural landscape. From the seclusion of your verandah you might see Ospreys, or a pod of rare Australian Snub Fin Dolphins that are resident and commonly seen in the area. Every day here is unique.


Perched on the headland, overlooking two secluded beaches, Sandpiper offers absolute seclusion and romance. Sandpiper has a private verandah, lounge and spacious bedroom. On the edge of one of the world's natural treasures - The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, the location will take your breath away.

Great sensitivity has been applied to the design of the deluxe bungalows, which are individually built high on timber poles, looking out through the canopy of trees. Each with air-conditioning as well as ceiling fans, private verandah, IDD telephone, DVD/CD players, radio, television, mini bar, tea and coffee facilities, full height wardrobe, generous draw space, hairdryer, and bathroom with separate shower and bath. Beautiful Australian timber and granite has been used throughout creating an ambience that is a reflection of the surrounding natural environment.

Whilst we try hard to ensure information is up to date, we cannot guarantee that it will be correct at all times. Please confirm pricing and other details with each property at time of booking. 

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5078 Captain Cook Highway, Oak Beach, Queensland 4877.

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  • We recently stayed at Thala - and I can't say enough great things about it. The staff are so phenomenal. I have never met more friendly, enthusiastic staff. There are small cabins, that were among the trees, just a short walk from the private beach. We were the only couple on the beach one full day.

    - KARMEN
  • Just an incredible experience. Everything was amazing. From the moment we stepped into reception to the moment we left - absolutely perfect.

    - SAL

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