Swish, cosmopolitan and delightfully laid-back, Port Douglas is an ideal stepping off point for trips to the Daintree and the Great Barrier Reef, and to connect with authentic indigenous culture.
Recommended place to stay:
Thala Beach Nature Reserve
Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia|www.thalabeach.com.au|
Official star rating:
What a joy to find an upscale property in Queensland that does not claim to be a resort. Thala Beach Reserve is exactly what you read on the packet: an eco-retreat where wild nature outpoints luxurious bedsheets every time.
While the property’s air-conditioned bungalows, crafted in timber and stone, are perfectly acceptable, the real star here is the location – 58 hectares of lush native forest overlooking Oak Beach, north of Port Douglas.
Book a guided nature tour with one of Thala’s resident rangers, swim at a private-access beach or relax at the day spa and massage studio. For a slice of paradise between the mountains and the ocean, look no further.
This nature reserve is located on 58 hectares of a wooded headland roughly halfway between Port Douglas and Cairns.
The property is totally self-contained, with its own restaurant, guided nature walks, stargazing sessions and cultural tours.
In addition to the three onsite swimming pools, guests can also walk down to Oak Beach, which is equipped with its own hammocks.
Please note - we hope to one day have live prices for you, but for now, here are some useful links for you to compare prices...
Food & drink
Destination guides including or relevant to this place to stay