GORGEOUS MOSSMAN GORGE
Can you believe it’s November already?
Melboune Cup has come and gone (nice work Archer for backing Almandin, keeping her extraordinary Spring Carnival record on track) and for us down under, summer is now just around the corner.
You can certainly feel the heat in Queensland. Each day the midday sun seems to burn a fraction hotter. And the humidity. So much humidity.
Which means a nice refreshing dip is in order. Only sensible thing to do really. And I can’t think of many places better for a swim than beautiful Mossman Gorge.
Part of the southern Daintree, Mossman Gorge forms part of the world’s oldest rainforest – a world heritage site.
At just an hour north of Cairns and 20 minutes from Port Douglas, the gorge should be right up there on your Far North Queensland must-do-list.
It’s lush. It’s green. It’s beautiful.
The Mossman Gorge Visitor Centre is a fantastic eco-tourism success story.
We joined one of the Dreamtime walks, lead by indigenous guides on private Kuku Yalanji land.
It begins with a beautiful, cleansing smoking ceremony.
Then it’s off into the rainforest on a walk of about an hour and a half, listening to traditional stories and learning about the incredible plants and wildlife in the area.
We had a bit of a rain during our afternoon walk which made everything feel even more alive.
The walking track takes you to Rex Creek, which leads into the Mossman River.
There’s time for a quick swim in the cool, pristine water. This was not a chance I was going to pass up.
It was a real privilege swimming in such a tranquil, sacred place. It was so beautiful some of the other walkers decided to join in, swimming fully clothed.
Then it was time for an ochre painting and soap making demonstration. And, as all good bushwalks should, you finish up with damper and bush tea. Delicious.
Keep your eye out for this enormous goldern orb spider, near the end of the track –
If you don’t go on the Dreamtime walk, there are a few other bushwalks open to all visitors to the gorge.
The longest is a 2.4km loop track, where you’ll see plenty of the stunning rainforest.
There’s some incredible research going on about the medicinal uses of the rainforest trees.
Currently human trials are under way for a cancer drug created from the seeds of the blushwood tree, found in Far North Queensland.
It’s amazing what some of these plants can do.
From the loop track, you’ll see Rex Creek heading into the Mossman River.
If you’re a decent swimmer, we would definitely recommend a swim in the Mossman River too. The current can get a little strong, so be careful.
There’s no better way to cool off on a hot Queensland day.
Don’t you want to just dive right in?
The Mossman Gorge Visitor Centre can be found at 212r Mossman Gorge Road, Mossman, Queensland.
The Dreamtime Walk costs $62 for adults and $31 for children 5-12, with under 4’s free. We loved this. You can book online here. It includes your bus ride up to the gorge.
Otherwise – catching the bus from the visitor centre up to the gorge, return, costs $9.10 for adults and $4.55 for kids.