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On Alert at Thala Beach Nature Preserve

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A giant Golden Orb Spider with a strong and elaborate web hanging out on our porch…. 

A hairy tarantula molting near the path to the lodge…. 

A pair of Tawny Frogmouth birds roosting quietly and camouflaged during the day, but noisily in the dark near our treehouse-style cabin in the forest at night….

Avoiding two cane toads on the trail at dusk…  Sampling a tiny, green-bottomed ant (note its leaf-nest in photo below) for its lemon sherbet flavor on a wildlife walk…. 

These were unexpected excitements during our five day stay south of Port Douglas at the end of our Australian trip. 

We splurged on this rather posh eco-retreat, named after the Aboriginal name for the White-Breasted Sea Eagle, and we were not disappointed. 

We went on gratis nature walks with competent and friendly guides, celebrated Val on Father’s Day with a gourmet picnic on the beach at sunset,

swam in the well-appointed but chilly natural pool,

and enjoyed several meals at the upscale restaurant.

  Thala was also a convenient location for taking day trips to two World Heritage sites:  Daintree National Park and the Great Barrier Reef.  Far from our usual Lonely Planet stays, this was an example of low-key luxury lodging with an eco-friendly philosophy and most gracious staff.

5 Responses to “On Alert at Thala Beach Nature Preserve”

  1. Eric Adelberger says:

    I loved the photo of the golden orb spider and Cora with both in focus. But what i the world was going on the photo with Leslie’s tongue?

  2. Bill Rosser says:

    Have you ever thought about the advantages of adopting a 74 year old?

  3. Lesley says:

    That spider!! what a wonderful trip you are having!

  4. Virginia Garlitz says:

    very nice pics.

  5. Beth Carlson says:

    This posh eco resort seems like a great way to culminate your trip! I like the beach picnic, gratis tour hikes, and maybe a warmer pool! Beth


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