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Published January 3rd 2013
Gorge yourself on natural beauty at the Daintree Rainforest
Imagine dipping your toes into the crystal clear waters of an ancient swimming hole surrounded by huge granite boulders and lush World Heritage listed rainforest. The stress of modern life melts away as you take in the natural beauty and history of Mossman Gorge in the Daintree Rainforest.
Mossman Gorge in World Heritage Listed Daintree Rainforest
Mossman Gorge is located in Far North Queensland approximately 77km north of Cairns, 20km north of Port Douglas and 2 km from the township of Mossman. Day trip tours are available from Cairns and Port Douglas or you can self-drive. The easiest way to access the Mossman Gorge is via the Mossman Gorge Centre, which offers parking and an electric shuttle bus to the heart of the Gorge. There is a small fee for the shuttle service but it is well worth it to maximise your time at the Gorge.
You can also opt to take on of the guided Dreamtime Walk tours or a self-guided walk. The walking tracks are well maintained and relatively easy in difficulty but sturdy walking shoes and insect repellent are recommended.
Bring your camera and your swimming gear. On a hot day, there is nothing more refreshing than a dip in the cool freshwater swimming holes. Caution is advised as the rocks are slippery and some areas are more dangerous than others. Be sure to read and follow the signs.
Our last visit was on a rainy day but this allowed us to experience a different, and equally beautiful, side of Mossman Gorge. There had been a heavy rainfall the day before so the Mossman River was rushing over the granite boulders.
Growing up in Far North Queensland, my husband has fond memories of family picnics and adventures to Mossman Gorge. Years ago, access was more difficult and areas of Mossman Gorge were more dangerous. Significant investment has been made to make access easier and hopefully more sustainable and environmentally sensitive to protect the Gorge and Rainforest and provide privacy to the local residents.