Thala Beach Nature Reserve is located on Captain Cook Highway, 45 minutes north of Cairns and 15 minutes south of Port Douglas. Airport transfers can be arranged from the Cairns airport via shuttle bus along the scenic coastal route. Private car transfers are also available. A local shuttle service provides transportation between Port Douglas and Thala Beach. Thala Beach Nature Reserve also has a helipad.
The lodge accommodations and facilities are built on hilly terrain and linked by unpaved footpaths that may be difficult to navigate for those who have mobility issues or trouble with stairs. The lodge provides electric buggy shuttle service between facilities.
Known for its abundant sunshine and warm seas, Port Douglas boasts a mild climate year-round. November to April is the wet season, a time of hot sunny days with periods of warm tropical rain. May to October is the dry season, with less rainfall, fresh breezes, and lower temperatures and humidity. Between November and April, the northern coastline attracts dangerous stinging box jellyfish, and it is only safe to swim at patrolled beaches during these months. (Thala has an unpatrolled beach.) The Great Barrier Reef is still accessible during this time.
There is no dress code at the lodge and guests are encouraged to dress casually and comfortably. Pack in layers appropriate to the season, including a rain jacket; and be sure to bring hiking boots, sunscreen, a bathing suit, and a hat.
Children ages three and older are welcome at Thala Beach, and guests under 12 can be accommodated with a rollaway bed in most rooms for an additional fee. The lodge is an ideal place for kids with a passion for nature and the outdoors. Young guests are invited to join guided walks and talks.
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