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Mossman Gorge is a site of cultural significance belonging to the Kuku Yalanji people. The Kuku Yalanji are the traditional custodians of the area between Mossman and Bloomfield with a culture thought to be around 9000 years old. The Kuku Yalanji culture is built around a deep respect for nature and an intimate knowledge of the region's cycles. Mossman Gorge is of particular significance to their culture with its water, mountains and rainforest holding many indigenous stories handed down through each generation by the elders. You can embark on your own adventure of discovery exploring the rainforest along one of the many walking tracks, or finding a sheltered retreat for a refreshing swim in the crystal clear water.
A short 30 minute drive north of the Mossman Gorge is the Daintree Village, on the southern banks of the Daintree River. Daintree Village is known for its unique bird life and crocodile spotting tours. The Village hosts a number of restaurants, galleries and shops selling local arts and craft. Low-impact tourism, sustainable cattle and tropical fruit-farming in the beautiful valleys beyond the Village form the lifeblood of this laid-back little township.
Daintree Northern Delights
Daintree River Cruise
A Daintree River cruise provides superb wildlife viewing opportunities. An average of 40 birds and animals are seen on each tour including crocodiles, snakes, and rare birds. Cruises are provided in a small vessel which enables an intimate exploration of the river banks and wildlife in the trees and sky above. There are a number of river cruise operators who depart from various locations along the banks of the Daintree River, there is also one exclusive operator that departs in the Cape Tribulation section of Daintree National Park, and travels from the mouth of Cooper Creek towards Thornton Peak.
Daintree Northern Delights
Cape Trib & Daintree Safari
Trek North Cape Tribulation
The north and south banks of the Daintree River are linked by the Daintree Ferry. The Daintree ferry is the only cable ferry operating within tropical Australia. It makes continuous crossings of the Daintree River throughout the day, which takes about 5 minutes to cross the river. A fee is payable to use the ferry service prior to boarding. The ferry operates 6.00am until midnight every day with a reduced service on Christmas Day. After crossing the Daintree Ferry you will travel through lowland and tropical rainforest passing road junctions for Cape Kimberley and Cow Bay.
Mount Alexandra Lookout, or Walu Wugirriga (“look about”), is situated about 5 km north of the Daintree River. Visitors are treated to a stunning view of the Mount Alexandra foothills, Cape Kimberley, Snapper Island, and the mouth of the Daintree River and Low Isles in the distance. It is an ideal spot for those postcard photo opportunities.
Daintree Discovery Centre
The Daintree Discovery Centre is an award-winning world class interpretive facility that allows visitors easy access to every level of the Daintree Rainforest; from the forest floor to the upper most reaches of the canopy. The Centre features Boardwalk tours, a 23 metre high Canopy Tower, Aerial Walkway and comprehensive Display Centre. It provides an excellent introduction to the wonders of the Daintree Rainforest. The Canopy Tower comprises five different viewing platforms allowing visitors of all ages to access the various levels of the rainforest – from the forest floor to the upper most reaches of the canopy. The Aerial Walkway allows access to the mid-level rainforest and offers stunning views over McLean’s Creek. The walkway also allows for wheelchair access to both the Interpretive Display Centre and the base of the Tower.
Cooper Creek Wilderness
Cooper Creek Wilderness takes you to the most significant portion of the Daintree Rainforest in the Cape Tribulation section of the World Heritage Area. It is the only world heritage nature refuge where you can explore the most spectacular fan palm dominated rainforest, on a natural walking trail in a small, exclusive group. The local guides love sharing their expertise and enthusiasm, and will showcase the exceptional biodiversity and ancient Gondwana plants and animals that this section of the Daintree has to offer.
Daintree Entomological Museum
If your curious about the strange bugs and butterflies of the world, this is the place to visit, they’re all here. The Daintree Entomological Museum and Gallery established in 2003, and houses one of the worlds best private Butterfly and Beetle collections. This beautifully displayed collection of Australian and Worldwide insects has been collected and bred, by one man, Stephen Paul Lamond. It has taken over 40 years to establish this world renowned display. The buildings and cabinets have been designed and handcrafted by Stephen which he now exhibits his life’s long work including his personal artwork, breeding houses, live insects, and new local discoveries in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest.
Trek North Cape Tribulation
Jungle Canopy Surfing
Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours are unique rainforest tours where you fly through the trees on flying fox ziplines, stopping at 5 tree platforms to take in spectacular bird’s eye views over the treetops. On each platform, a guide will greet you, connect you safely to the tree, and introduce you to different elements of the forest before sending you on your way to the next platform. The guides completely control your gentle flight, leaving you free to take photographs or just take in the views. This is an adventure activity for all ages; it's safe, it's fun, and fully guided with no experience necessary.
Cape Tribulation Beach
The best part of the Cape Tribulation experience is the beaches. Most of the beaches in the Daintree region are untouched with golden sand, fringing reef and rugged rainforest that frames the coastline. Cape Tribulation Beach is a popular spot for visitors and the view says it all... A short 10 minute walk up to the headland opens up a breathtaking view of rainforest clad mountains which literally roll down to meet with the fringing reef. Cape Tribulation Beach has toilets and picnic tables, keep a watch out for Lace monitors (goannas) as they are often seen patrolling for food scraps.
There are plenty of walks in the Daintree - Cape Tribulation area where you can submerge yourself in rainforest. No matter your level of fitness or mobility, young or old, experienced hikers or casual strollers, there are walks to accommodate all. Simple walks include Kulki - Cape Tribulation Beach Lookout (10mins), Marrdja Botanical Walk (45 mins), Jindalba boardwalk (45 mins) and Dubuji Boardwalk (45mins), or for the more experienced hikers Jindalba circuit track (1.5 hrs), Emmagen Creek & Beach (5 hours) and Mt Sorrow Ridge Walk (6 hours).
Jindalba boardwalk—650 m return (45 mins) Grade: easy
The Jindalba (meaning ‘foot of the mountain’) boardwalk explores tropical lowland rainforest. Quiet walkers may be lucky enough to see a tree-kangaroo or cassowary. There is a large picnic area with toilets and tables. Wheelchair access to the creek is from the exit end only, near the disability access parking bays.
Jindalba circuit track—3 km return (1.5 hrs) Grade: moderate
Near the entrance of the Jindalba boardwalk is the start of the Jindalba circuit track. This forest walk is well marked but is stony in places and crosses rainforest creeks. A reasonable level of fitness is required.
Marrja boardwalk—1.2 km loop (45 mins) Grade: easy
The Marrja (meaning ‘rainforest’ or ‘jungle’) boardwalk allows visitors to experience both rainforest and mangrove communities, without getting muddy. Along the walk learn about the plants found in each of these environments. There are no toilets or picnic areas at this site.
Dubuji boardwalk—1.2 km loop (45 mins) Grade: easy
The Dubuji (meaning ‘place of spirits’) boardwalk travels through lowland rainforest swamps and mangroves. Signs explain the survival strategies used by rainforest plants and animals. The site is close to Myall Beach and has large grassed areas with picnic shelters and toilets.
Kulki—600 m return (10 mins) Grade: easy
Kulki day-use area has a boardwalk leading from the picnic area to a viewing platform overlooking the ocean and beach. A short walk from the Kulki car park takes you to beautiful Myall Beach. Toilets and picnic tables are provided.
Mount Sorrow ridge trail—7 km return (6-7 hrs) Grade: difficult
This is a steep and difficult trail and walkers need to be fit, self-reliant and well-prepared. The trail climbs from the coastal lowlands of Cape Tribulation, up the rainforest-clad ridge of Mount Sorrow to a lookout offering views of the beautiful Daintree coastline, Snapper Island and beyond.