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How Far From Cairns Is Mossman Gorge?

Updated on April 17, 2016

How Far From Cairns To Mossman Gorge - 75klms

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Cairns to Mossman Gorge is 76 klm. Approx 1 hr 10 mins.

Welcome to Mossman Gorge
Welcome to Mossman Gorge

Mossman Gorge - Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Kuku Yalanji people as traditional custodians of this land now known as Mossman Gorge, and pay our respects to the elders both past, present and future, for they hold the memories, culture, traditions and hopes of Aboriginal Australia. We must always remember that under the concrete and asphalt, this land is, was and always will be traditional Aboriginal land.

Mossman Gorge - Daintree National Park

Mossman Gorge is a picturesque part of the Cairns Regional Council area and is one of the most popular attractions in tropical north Queensland. It is also one of my personal favourites.

When you arrive at Mossman Gorge, you will see the new modern Mossman Gorge visitors information centre. You have the option of taking a guided Aboriginal Dreamtime bush walk which is highly recommended. You will set out with one of the Aboriginal guides from the small local community onsite, who will enhance the Mossman Gorge experience by sharing his or her astounding depth of knowledge about the natural environment including survival skills and knowledge handed down via word of mouth by ancestors through the generations.

The guides informative talk includes aspects of traditional culture and an intricate understanding of the local flora and fauna. You will be amazed by the depth of knowledge held by the traditional owners of the land in regard to bush tucker, where to find drinkable water, how and where to hunt various species of animals for survival, and so much more.

Walking trail - Mossman Gorge
Walking trail - Mossman Gorge

Tropical North Queensland - World Heritage

Mossman Gorge is a dramatic natural feature of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Daintree National Park which is very accessible and well signposted via the town of Mossman, which is located just 75 klms North of Cairns, North Queensland.

A beautifully scenic attraction of lush tropical rainforest, it provides visitors with the opportunity to meander along walking trails that take in the sights of the magnificent granite river boulders, river pools teaming with fish, birdlife and other amazing wildlife in their natural environment. You can even cool down in the chrystal clear water, so don't forget to take your swim suit.

As you stroll along the boardwalks at your leisure, be sure to keep a lookout for the brilliant blue coloured Ulysses butterfly and birds such as the Eastern Yellow Robin. You may also be lucky enough to see some colourful Spectacled Monarches, White-faced Robins, Gray-crowned Babbler, Topknot Pigeon, and Atherton Scrubwrens along the trail. It is an area which is abundantly rich in natural assests for us all to enjoy via easy access.

Tropical rainforest at Mossman Gorge
Tropical rainforest at Mossman Gorge

Flora and Fauna of the Mossman River

It is easy to spot the many informational plaques on the trail located mostly at viewing platforms. The plaques are very interesting as they inform you of the plants along the trail and how they were used for food and medicine by the local Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people. It's a good idea to allow yourself plenty of time so that you can pause to learn about and enjoy the beautiful natural scenes and information plaques.

The area has a magical feel with superb strangler figs and epiphytic plants which flourish alongside the crystal-clear Mossman River cascades. The tree tops tower above, whilst the river meanders below in a truly magical setting.

Mossman River

Mossman Gorge swimming hole.
Mossman Gorge swimming hole.

Mossman River in Summer

Mossman River
Mossman River

Mossman River Gorge

Viewing platform over Mossman River
Viewing platform over Mossman River

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      Eileen Hughes 4 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Great article, I loved Mosman although we do not go to any National parks because we have a dog. Their loss not ours. We love our dog too much to leave him behind.

      We have just come back from another trip around Australia on Monday Loved traveling as usual did 17,000 k's this time in about 4-1/2 months

      Looking forward to the next trip. Lovely pictures you have chosen.

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      aboutaustralia 5 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      Hi Pam, lovely of you to drop by and leave a comment, thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed my hub and perhaps some day you'll be able to come 'downunder' for a visit and pet a Koala at one of our many sanctuaries dedicated to Koalas. Have a wonderful day!

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      Pamela-anne 5 years ago from Miller Lake

      Love your hub and pics I would love to visit Australia as it is the home of one of my favorite mammals (the koala bear) thanks for the info. take care pam.

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      mecheshier 5 years ago

      Ypu are welcome. Yes, a definite place to revisit.

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      aboutaustralia 5 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      Hi mecheshier, thanks so much for the 'vote up'. It certainly is a beautiful area and very popular. They have just opened a brand new visitors centre which will no doubt enhance the rainforest experience. Sadly I don't have a photo of the new building, but it's a great reason for me to go back for another visit! ;)

      Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

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      aboutaustralia 5 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      Thanks gogogo, glad you enjoyed my hub. Far North Queensland is such a special part of the country for sure. Next time I'm up that way I would love to visit Cooktown. Have you been there?

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      mecheshier 5 years ago

      Wow,what a beautiful area. Great hub, fabulous pics and story line. Voted up for awesome.

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      gogogo 5 years ago

      I have been to Australia many many times, as I am a Aussie Specialist, and this area is my favorite, Cairns and north. Loved your hub thanks for sharing