Located only 20 min from Port Douglas, a visit to Mossman Gorge is a must do for any visitor to the beautiful Far North Queensland region. Situated in the southern part of the World Heritage Listed, Daintree National Park, Mossman Gorge is also one of the few places in the country that visitors can gain an insight into the lives, culture and beliefs of Australia’s Indigenous population and their connection to the natural environment.
Join a guided Dreamtime Walk tour to get a deeper insight into the ancient flora and fauna of the rainforest, and learn about traditional plant uses and Kuku Yalanii culture.
Or take in the beauty of its pristine rainforest, cool streams, towering mountains and the dramatic Gorge at your own pace on one of the self-guided walks in the Daintree National Park.
Whatever you do, make sure as part of your stay in Port Douglas or Cairns to discover for yourself the beauty of the Mossman Gorge.
Your experienced Indigenous guide will demonstrate traditional plant use, identify bush food and traditions like making bush soaps and ochre paint. The walk meanders through stunning rainforest and passes by traditional huts or humpies while your guide provides an enchanting narrative of the rainforest and their special relationship with this unique tropical environment.
A "must do" for every visitor to Mossman Gorge are the Ngadiku Dreamtime Walks, conducted by the local Indigenous people. Ngadiku (Nar-di-gul) means stories and legends from a long time ago in local Kuku Yalanji language. This Mossman Gorge tour takes visitors on a guided walk along private, gentle tracks, visiting special places and culturally significant sites, past traditional bark shelters and over meandering cool rainforest streams.
Dreamtime Gorge Walk
You are welcomed with a traditional ‘smoking’ ceremony that cleanses and wards off bad spirits. The walk then meanders through stunning rainforest and takes in traditional huts or humpies. Your experienced interpretive Indigenous guide demonstrates traditional plant use, identify bush food sources and provide an enchanting narrative of the rainforest and their special relationship with this unique tropical environment. Your guide demonstrates traditions like making bush soaps and ochre painting. At the end of the tour enjoy traditional bush tea and damper.
Duration: approx 1.5 hours
Departs: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 3pm daily
Level/Grade of the walk: Easy - however please note the track is on uneven terrain, slippery when wet and has some inclination
Wheelchair accessibility: No
Embark on your own adventure through the Gorge with a voyage through the lush green rainforest. Soak up the wonders of the national park at your own pace as you navigate the plethora of walking tracks including the popular Gorge Circuit. A picnic lunch at one of the many water holes will allow you the time to just sit and appreciate the wonders of your surroundings. Find yourself under the towering canopy of the rainforest, beautifully framed by the striking mountains.
Baral Marrjanga—270 m (5–10 mins) Grade: easy
Baral Marrjanga leads through the rainforest from the shuttle bus stop to a lookout with views of the Mossman River and the mountain ranges beyond. The track includes two sections of elevated boardwalk which pass through the lower rainforest canopy. The track is suitable for wheelchairs, strollers and the vision-impaired.
Lower river track—300 m (5–10 mins) Grade: moderate to easy
This track starts at the shuttle bus stop and winds along the Mossman River before joining Baral Marrjanga. Several small lookouts along the track provide views of the river. Although most of the lower river track is easy walking, the steps can be slippery. Please take care and use the handrails provided.
Rex Creek bridge—460 m (10 mins) Grade: moderate to easy
To reach the Rex Creek suspension bridge, follow Baral Marrjanga to the lookout and take the short, sign-posted track to the left.
Rainforest Circuit Track (from Rex Creek bridge)—2.4 km return (45 mins) Grade: moderate to easy
This track begins on the far side of Rex Creek bridge. On the left, 80m from the bridge a small lookout provides views of Manjal Dimbi (Mount Demi). A little way past the lookout the track divides to form a circuit that meanders through the rainforest.
All of the walking tracks are clearly signposted and maps are also provided upon entry. Seasonal track closures may occur from time-to-time due to localised flooding or track maintenance.
Wheelchair accessibility The shuttle bus, picnic area, toilets and the rainforest boardwalk Baral Marrjanga, which leads from the shuttle bus stop to the Mossman River lookout, are all wheelchair accessible.
Top Travel Tip:
To gain a deeper understanding of the magnificent Daintree Rainforest and its rich flora and fauna join one of the Dreamtime Walks - a Guided Tour of the Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge. Entering Kuku Yalanji private land, a local guide will share their ancient knowledge of the rainforest surrounds with you. Learn to identify bush food sources, poisonous plant varieties and its antidotes (often conveniently growing beside each other) and learn to make bush soap and ochre paint + find out more
Warning: Safety is your responsibility! Entering the Mossman River can be dangerous and is done at your own risk as the Mossman Gorge is unsupervised and unmonitored. Water conditions can change quickly and unexpectedly due to heavy rain in other areas. Before entering the water assess the conditions carefully and always use extreme caution. Please read this safety information.
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