What is so special about Mossman Gorge?

What is so special about Mossman Gorge?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 07/26/2023

Reading time: 3 mins

Mossman Gorge is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful areas in Queensland.

Mossman Gorge is the gateway to the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest, the oldest rainforest in the world. With a beautiful river and lush rainforest, it is a natural feast for the eyes – not to mention a range of wildlife you can spot here! Only an hour’s drive from Cairns, it is a must-stop visit when you are in the area or if you plan to head up through the Daintree.

So what makes Mossman Gorge so special? It boasts heaps of fun, informative, and breathtaking things to explore – see our favourites below.

Mossman Gorge Cultural Centre

If you want to learn more about the Daintree Rainforest and get authentic First Nations experiences, then you must visit the cultural centre. You can find out more about the area’s history, browse the centre’s art gallery, and learn about the Kuku Yalanji Dreaming stories.

Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk

We recommend the Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk to anyone who wants to understand the land and the culture of the Kuku Yalanji people. The walk is a guided journey through Mossman Gorge by a First Nations guide. It is a great way to learn about the area and the significance of the Daintree.

Other guided walks

There are also other, self-guided walks you can do which take you through the beautiful Mossman Gorge. These walks allow you to appreciate your surroundings, giving you the chance to relax and reset, whether that’s physically, mentally, or spiritually. Being in nature gives you all of that! See some of our favourite tracks below.

Baral Marrjanga

Baral Marrjanga is only a short walk, but you will be treated to breathtaking views of Mossman River and the mountains. The track has two boardwalk sections that go through the rainforest canopy, making it very accessible.


Lower River track

On this 10-minute track, you will be walking along the Mossman River. On the way, there are small lookouts giving you views of the river and surrounding flora. Be careful if you do this track as the steps can be slippery.

Rex Creek Bridge

Only a 10-minute walk, but this bridge may present a slight challenge to those who have a fear of heights – although it’s 100% safe! The swaying bridge sits above Rex Creek; see if you can spot any turtles or fish.

Rainforest circuit track

The rainforest circuit track is about 45 minutes long. Feel immersed in the lush, cool green rainforest, famed for its exceptional natural beauty and remarkable diversity. You will even be able to see views of Manjal Dimbi (Mount Demi) from a lookout along the way.

Are there any tours to Mossman Gorge?

If you preferred your day planned out for you, there are great organised tours you can do to see Mossman Gorge. If you’re wanting a big day out, we recommend this one-day tour to Cape Tribulation, Daintree Rainforest, Daintree River, and of course, Mossman Gorge.

Mossman Gorge often gets overshadowed by the giant Daintree Rainforest, but it’s worth exploring if you are in the area. It is the best place to start at before you venture further into the rainforest. Best of all, you can learn about its history directly from the traditional owners!

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.