SITTING on the edge of the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge is part of the world’s oldest rainforest tracing its origins back over 130 million years and home to an extraordinary diversity of flora and fauna.
If you are visiting Far North Queensland take time out to spend a half-a-day visiting Mossman Gorge. Located just over an hour’s drive north of Cairns and 20 minutes from Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge is easy to reach with sealed roads and plenty of parking available at the Gorge Centre. DriveNow can help with car hire in Cairns and there are also rental locations in Port Douglas.
The Mossman Gorge Centre is staff and managed by the local indigenous Kuku Yalanji people and through its Art Gallery showcases artwork from artists based locally and from across northern Queensland. There’s a retail shop with gifts and souvenirs designed by the local community and the Mayi Cafe allows you to experience locally sourced bush ingredients with light snacks and full meals.
To help protect the Gorge environment travel from the Centre up to the Gorge (2kms) is via shuttle bus that runs every 15 minutes and the entry fee is $8.50 per adult, $4.25 for children (free under the age of 4) and family of 4 passes cost $21.25.
Explore the Gorge yourself or join a guided tour with Dreamtime Gorge and Legend Walks that give you the opportunity to discover more about the culture and traditions of the Kuku Yalanji people with an experienced local guide. Tours operate daily running for between 1.5 and 2.5 hours and can be booked at the Mossman Gorge Tour desk.
Useful things to take with you – if you are going to swim in the Mossman River – bathers and towel, hat and sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes – thongs may not be the go over the paths, insect repellent – although visiting in July we found this not a requirement, water bottle and light clothing (being in North Queensland this is likely a given!).
For further information visit the Mossman Gorge Website .
DriveNow Reservations Team