Mossman Gorge is the best gateway into the ancient Daintree Rainforest.
Mossman Gorge is at the entrance to the Daintree Rainforest and is about a 20 minute drive from the tropical Port Douglas. Take on the opportunity to learn about the local Aboriginal culture and share experiences with the Kuku Yalanji people.
Mossman Gorge offers different types of walks where you can have a guide or do one on your own. The walks are suitable for all fitness levels with some that are wheelchair accessible.
Guided Dreamtime walks
If you plan to do one thing when visiting Mossman Gorge, it should be the guided Dreamtime walk! Conducted by the Kuku Yalanji people, the Dreamtime walk takes you through a walking track. On the walk, you visit culturally significant sites, past traditional bark shelters, and other special places.
At the start there is a smoking ceremony before you walk through the ancient rainforest to find bush foods and how different plants were used. By the end of the walk, you’ll get to enjoy a traditional bush tea and damper as a reward.
Self guided walks
Take yourself on your own guided walk and see parts of the ancient Daintree Rainforest. Follow different trails and take in all the different plants and trees around you.
There are short 5 to 10 minute walks like the Baral Marrjanga, Lower River Track, and the Rex Creek Bridge. For something a bit longer, the Rainforest Circuit Track is another good one which takes around 45 minutes to complete.
Mossman Gorge Cultural Centre
The Mossman Gorge Cultural Centre has art galleries of authentic Aboriginal artwork that you can browse. Make sure you check out the gift shop for all types of souvenirs.
At the Cultural Centre, there is the Mayi Cafe and Restaurant that is open from the morning to early afternoon so you can grab a bite to eat or a coffee.
Mossman Gorge has swimming holes where you can cool off during the day of exploring the rainforest. There is a selection of different calm swimming holes that you can swim in around the area. The swimming holes are always monitored for crocodiles to ensure they don’t swim in the same areas as the visitors!