Mossman Gorge, Daintree National Park
Getting there and getting around
From Cairns, travel north for 80km along the Cook Highway to Mossman. In the centre of Mossman turn left into Johnston Road. This 5km bitumen road leads directly to the Mossman Gorge car park. Please drive slowly and with particular care when passing the Mossman Gorge Aboriginal Community on your way to the park. Caravans and large campervans are not recommended on this narrow road.
Much of the 56,500ha Mossman Gorge Section of Daintree National Park includes rugged, largely inaccessible slopes of the Main Coast Range and Carbine Tableland, adjoining Mt Windsor and Mt Lewis. It is these steep mountain ranges that trap moisture blown in from the ocean and ensure frequent rainfall, maintaining the rainforest and ultimately feeding the Mossman and Daintree Rivers.
Tall, dense rainforests clothe the lowlands and stunted windswept rainforests occupy the mountaintops. To the west of the Main Coast Range, open forest and woodlands grow on the drier western slopes. The park provides a home for a wonderful variety of rainforest animals including tree-kangaroos, musky rat-kangaroos and Boyd’s forest dragons.
Over millions of years, the Mossman River has carved a steep-sided valley from the upper reaches to the coastal lowlands. Through this valley, crystal clear water cascades amongst large granite boulders which have been washed down from the hills during times of heavy flood.
The Mossman Gorge Section is part of the traditional lands of the Kuku Yalanji people.\\
Things to do
>>Guided tours and talks
>>Picnic and day use areas
It is dangerous to enter the river, due to swift currents, flash flooding, cold water and slippery rocks. Drownings have occurred in Mossman Gorge.
Avoid stinging trees. These plants are found at rainforest edges. They grow to approximately 3-4 metres high and have large, heart-shaped leaves with serrated edges. DO NOT TOUCH these plants as it will almost certainly result in a very painful sting. If you are stung, seek medical advice.
Do not leave cars unattended overnight as they could be vandalised.
If you intend to hike within the park beyond the river and rainforest circuit tracks, you must discuss your plans with park staff and complete a bushwalking registration form. The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service is not responsible for ensuring the safe return of walkers so you need to provide a responsible person with details of your trip and advise this person upon your return. If going on extended walks, ensure you have enough drinking water and protect yourself from the sun. Wear sturdy shoes and wear appropriate clothing. Be prepared for weather changes.
Looking after the park
As part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Daintree National Park contains outstanding examples of major stages in the earth’s evolutionary history, continuing biological evolution and exceptional beauty, and provides habitat for many rare and threatened species. Please minimise your impact on this special place by taking the following measures.
>>Take your rubbish with you when you leave.
>>Don’t use shampoos and soaps in or near waterways.
>>Stay on walking tracks, as taking short cuts leads to erosion and adjacent areas may be unstable.
>>Obey signs and regulations – they are in place to protect this area for conservation and nature-based recreation.
EPA Customer Service Centre
160 Ann St, Brisbane
PO Box 15155, City East Qld 4002
ph (07) 3227 8185
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Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service