Considered the gateway to the Daintree, Mossman Gorge is a place of unrivalled beauty and impressive natural wonders. Nestled in the southeast corner of the World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park, this place is sacred to the Kuku Yalanji people. Mossman Gorge is a place to come and learn about an ancient culture; to hear stories and legends from local Indigenous guides on a Dreamtime walk.
While in Mossman Gorge, take a moment to listen as crystal-clear waters cascade over ancient granite boulders into deep pools, walk through the rainforest and be awed by soaring mountains and impressive gorges. This place invites you to connect with the breathtaking nature and living culture. Mossman Gorge is a must-see location when you visit Far North Queensland.
There is plenty to do at Mossman Gorge. Start your visit at the Mossman Gorge Centre, an Indigenous interactive eco-tourism experience. Here, you can learn about the Daintree’s spectacular landscape, Mossman Gorge World Heritage site, and the traditional custodians of the land, the Kuku Yalanji people, who have called the Daintree home for 50,000 years.
To fully understand their connection to land, join a guided Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk. This gentle walk begins with a smoking ceremony and includes Mossman Gorge and River, culturally significant sites, and traditional bark shelters.
Although you can walk the 4 km road from the Mossman Gorge Centre to the gorge and river, the road is narrow and dangerous. The preferable option is the shuttle bus which departs the centre every 15 minutes and takes you right into the heart of the action.
On arrival at the gorge, the 2.4 km self-guided Circuit Track showcases impressive boulder formations and the incredibly clear, fresh waters framed by the verdant rainforest. So make time for the leisurely 45-minute walk.
When visiting Mossman Gorge at any time of year, you’ll need a hat, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, drinking water, and insect repellent.
Swimming is allowed at your own risk in Mossman River during the dry season when conditions are calmer. Several watersport activities are also on offer. River drift snorkelling tours in the deeper parts of the river allows visitors to float down the river whilst admiring the underwater world. You can also kayak or paddle-board your way along the river whilst admiring the spectacular river-side scenery.
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