7 November, 2020
Weekend Getaway - A wonderful world of adventure awaits at the Mossman Gorge
Just 20 minutes north of Port Douglas, the Mossman Gorge is a hidden gem within the lush tropical World-Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest offering an ideal place to swim and explore for locals and tourists alike.
From the Mossman Gorge Centre, catch the shuttle bus to the Gorge entrance where you will be greeted by an elevated self-guided boardwalk, made entirely from recycled materials, that guides you through the rainforest where you can enjoy the spectacular view from several lookouts along the way, or to simply be enjoyed when you arrive at the Gorge itself.
Be amazed by bright butterflies and after rains look closely for the well-camouflaged Boyd’s Forest Dragons clinging to tree trunks along the way. If you are feeling adventurous, cross the Rex Creek suspension bridge and enjoy the 2.4km Rainforest Circuit Track through the rainforest you thought you could only see on the tree-clad mountains.
Not only can you submerge yourself in the Mossman Gorge to take in the crystal-clear rock pools and rainforest surroundings, it is within the Daintree Rainforest where the Kuku Yalanji people call home.
As tree-clad mountains rise sharply from the riverbanks and crystal-clear water tumbles over ancient granite, it’s a rainforest experience unlike any other. Stay cool in the tropics with Back Country Bliss as you immerse yourself in the fresh water of the Mossman River, drifting just below the surface with the gentle river current.
The Mossman River is home to more than 30 different fish species, as well as lizards, birds, turtles and even an elusive platypus where it can all be seen as you paddleboard through the Rainforest with Windswell Kitesurfing and Stand Up Paddleboarding.
Whether you are interested in submerging yourself in the depths of the rainforest or want to gain a deeper understanding of the land and the home of the Kuku Yalanji people, the Daintree Rainforest has it all.
135 million years in the making, visiting the Mossman Gorge is like sitting in the lap of Mother Nature.
Douglas Shire Council offers residents from Cardwell to Cooktown, including the Atherton Tablelands, free travel on the Mossman Groge Shuttle as well as Daintree Ferry from November 1 until the end of February annually with a free “Douglas Card”. Apply with Douglas Shire Council https://douglas.qld.gov.au/daintree-ferry
For more information visit www.visitportdouglasdaintree.com