Founder of the Mossman Gorge Cultural Centre, Elder Roy Gibson had a vision of a place where both Indigenous culture and the unique ecosystem of the Mossman Gorge area could be explored and enjoyed by visitors. The centre is now an award-winning ecotourism facility situated at the entrance to the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest. It’s a place where you can immerse yourself in the local culture and experience this magnificent rainforest environment.
The most popular way to learn about this ancient land is on a Guided Ngadiku Dreamtime Forest Walk, led by a local Indigenous guide. You’ll take part in a traditional welcome ‘smoking’ ceremony, then stroll through stunning, lush rainforests, as your guide demonstrates the traditional use of plants and points out a variety of bush foods. Learn how bush soap is made and ochre for painting. Your tour ends with traditional tea and damper.
Acknowledged as one of the most iconic Aboriginal experiences in Australia, Mossman Gorge Cultural Centre welcomes visitors who seek genuine, authentic engagement with Indigenous Australia. Exploring The Daintree - the world’s oldest continually surviving rainforest, you’ll learn about the area’s history, culture and environment while connecting with the local Indigenous community.
The 120,000-hectare World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest is the largest portion of rainforest in Australia. Over 135 million years old, it’s considered by many to be the evolutionary cradle for much of Australia’s wildlife and plant species. Just one hectare of forest can contain over 30,000 species of plants and animals.
Primitive flowering plant families and some of the most primitive cycads, ferns and mosses are all found in the Daintree National Park, some exclusive to the Wet Tropics region. Of Australia’s 315 mammal species, you’ll find one-third living in the Daintree Rainforest. Some of the tree kangaroos, marsupial cats, distinctive green possums, ringtail possums, rare bats, and antechinus can only be found in this area.
Your guide gives a rare insight into the Indigenous people’s special relationships with this unique tropical environment as you walk along gentle tracks, visit culturally significant sites, over cool, winding streams, and past traditional bark shelters.
Take a trip with us to Mossman Gorge and experience a world like no other.
Mossman Gorge Cultural Centre is open seven days a week from 8 am. Opening hours are subject to change and may differ depending on the season and on public holidays.
Mossman Gorge Cultural Centre, located at the entrance to the gorge, has a 90% Indigenous workforce and supports environmental and economic well-being for the entire community. Visitors can explore the Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge on self-guided walks or on a Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk with a local Indigenous guide. In the local Kuku Yalanji language, Ngadiku (Nar-di-gul) means stories and legends from long ago.
As well as exploring the lush rainforest, you’re invited to browse the Indigenous Art Gallery showcasing the authentic, high-quality art and crafts of the local Kuku Yalanji people.
A shop offers a range of beautiful keepsakes designed and produced by the local Indigenous community. You can enjoy a real culinary treat at Mayi Café and Restaurant with a menu featuring locally sourced produce and Indigenous bush ingredients.
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