Ecotourism and the Changing Demands of the Modern Traveller
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 eucalypti 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.
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.
Ecotourism: Meeting the Changing Demands of the Modern Traveller at Thala …
DigitalJournal.com (press release), on Thu, 16 Aug 2012 08:05:43 -0700
For eco-tourists, travel is more than staying at a hotel, taking pictures and buying souvenirs. When executed mindfully, eco–travel can inspire cultural awareness, tolerance, and a commitment to protecting the environment.