Amongst the Daintree Rainforest we found this piece of paradise, Mossman Gorge. Home to the Kuku Yalanji Indigenous People and a significant part of the World Heritage Listed Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge is part of the oldest, continuously surviving rainforest on Earth. From Indigenous culture to flora and fauna, there is so much to learn and see in the Gorge, and it’s such a beautiful place to explore!
The following is taken from the Mossman Gorge website: “The Kuku Yalanji People are the Indigenous inhabitants of the land and have a history dating back 50,000 years to the earliest human occupation of Australia. They are the true rainforest people, living in complete harmony with their environment. It is part of them and they are pat of it. The Kuku Yalanji culture is built around a deep respect for nature and an intimate knowledge of its cycles. Their knowledge has been passed down through the generations – with the members of the community having learned all they know from their elders, parts, grandparents, uncles and aunties.”
There are lots of options when deciding how to experience the Gorge. All options start at the Mossman Gorge Centre, where there is lots of parking available for self-drivers. The first option is to take part in a Dreamtime Gorge Walk. Conducted by local Indigenous people, the walk takes visitors on a journey along private, gentle tracks, visiting special places and culturally significant sites, past traditional bark shelters and over meandering cool rainforest streams. The second option is to catch the shuttle bus from the Mossman Gorge Centre to the heart of the Gorge. For the tiny price of $8.90 for a return trip, the bus drives you the 4km into the rainforest. Buses leave from both locations every 10 to 15 minutes, very convenient! This way you are able to experience the Gorge at your pace, and take your time exploring everything this beautiful part of the rainforest has to offer. The third option is to walk from the Centre to the Gorge. Whilst this is obviously the cheapest option as there is no cost involved, it’s important to note that there’s no footpath on the way up to the Gorge, making the walk along the winding road a little dangerous.
Mossman Gorge can be found 20km north of Port Douglas, in the town of Mossman. It’s an easy drive from Cairns or Port Douglas along the Captain Cook Highway, which is part of the Great Tropical Drive, one of the most famous drives in the Southern Hemisphere.
Mossman Gorge Centre
212 Mossman Gorge Road
Mossman, Queensland, 4873
For enquiries contact (07) 4099 7000
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