Far North Queensland is filled with areas of stunning natural beauty, history, and excitement. From World Heritage sites to beautiful beaches, mountain ranges and much more, there’s no shortage of tempting places to stop. Located in the Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge is a spot well worth visiting on a trip to FNQ. Located close to the town of Mossman, the gorge is about a 20-minute ride from Port Douglas or just over an hour from Cairns. Here’s why it should be on every traveller’s bucket list.
Firstly, it’s a beautiful place. Mossman Gorge is located in the World-Heritage listed wet tropics and certainly offers a rainforest experience. The crystal clear water rolls idly over large granite rocks, surrounded by lush rainforest and mountains. There’s definitely something special about floating in the cool waters and gazing at that stunning scenery that surrounds you. Not to mention, the refreshing water is an ideal place to cool off from the heat of the tropics and enjoy a swim in a natural waterhole.
There are two walking tracks for you to explore. The river circuit loop takes around 10 minutes to complete at just 400m. It will take you up to the Mossman river lookout, where you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the water cascading down the mountains, over large boulders into the gorge. You can also hike the rainforest circuit loop, which is around 3km long and takes around 1-1.5 hours. The views from the track are sensational, and there are some hidden spots to have a quick dip and cool off during your walk. This route features the Manjal Dimbi lookout, with stunning views of the Manjal Dimbi peak, which is an area of spiritual significance to the Kuku Yalanji people. Both walks offer the opportunity to take in the exotic flora and fauna of the area, such as strangler figs, the Ulysses butterfly, and even the endangered cassowary.
Aside from beautiful scenery and exciting wildlife, Mossman Gorge has a rich, cultural heritage story, which you’ll have the chance to learn about during your visit. The indigenous inhabitants of the land are the Kuku Yalanji, whose culture involves a significant respect for nature. You can learn about their traditions and legends that have been passed down from their elders over many generations on a visit to the Gorge.
The indigenous ecotourism centre located at the gorge also features a cafe and restaurant, gift shop, and an indigenous art gallery showcasing the work of local Kuku Yalanji artists, which also offers a range of gifts to purchase.
Mossman Gorge offers visitors a significant insight into Far North Queensland and Australia in general, with history, culture, stunning rainforests, and exotic plants and wildlife. Make sure to find space for this enjoyable adventure on your itinerary.