Mossman Gorge
Mossman Gorge
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  • Melodie L
    2 contributions
    A breathtaking walk in nature
    A beautiful scenic rainforest with gorgeous streams and the famous gorge. Pack some walking shoes and a drink bottle. There is a light walking trail which can be slippery given the canopy and humid tropics. We saw a Ulysses butterfly, which was breathtaking. Highly recommend a visit to the gorge and its a short drive from Port douglas.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 8, 2023
  • lovetolife298
    Ham, United Kingdom153 contributions
    Beautiful gorge and great boardwalks
    Great excursion. It was absolutely pouring down when we visited and because we have a small baby we couldn’t do the extended hike so whipped around the shorter walks. Very beautiful area to walk around, the gorge is very striking even in very heavy rainforest rain! Hot, humid, wild and beautiful. The boarded pathways are great and made it easy to get a buggy round, there were a fair few steps at times so my husband and I had to lift the buggy, if I had been on my own it wouldn’t have been feasible for me to lug the buggy. The gift shop was a surprise too - never interested in those but they had some lovely books 👍 The bus service worked well into the site so very straight forward. Part at the centre, get your tickets and head on in.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 12, 2023
  • Chalkie61
    Perth, Australia46 contributions
    A refreshing walk in the Daintree
    Enjoyed our time here at Mossman Gorge. You have to take a shuttle bus from the car park and gift shop area to the walk itself at $13 for a day pass. Busses run every 15 minutes until 5:30pm Easy walk with walking platform, swing bridge, and well maintained pathways through the forest. A few beautiful places along the river for a refreshing swim in the crystal clear water. We were informed to keep your whits about you as the conditions can become dangerous very quickly, but not today. When you come past a sign Wurrmbu Creek 120m it’s well worth the short walk to a beautiful refreshing area in the river. Really lovely. We found Roberto and the other staff there to be very friendly, informative and helpful..
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 16, 2023
  • Jane S
    4 contributions
    Getting to experience the rain forest, was beautiful..
    We walked on the circular path which took us about an hour or so. It was so peaceful and more natural. We saw many highlight bits like the massive granite boulders and huge trees as well as a very idyllic watering hole. There were plenty of walkways for less able-bodied people to enjoy the rainforest. I thought we went prepared, but we did forget insect repellant. The bus to the board walk was only $13 return each which was very reasonable. We enjoyed our time there.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 20, 2023
  • Amanda B
    11 contributions
    Well worth the trip
    Well worth a visit , path easily accessible ( not for wheelchairs though ) . Beautiful scenery and small water pools on the way.toilets and shop cafe very friendly and clean . Bus shuttle affordable at $13 an adult
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 26, 2023
  • MariaGabriela I
    7 contributions
    Mesmerising
    We booked the cultural tour, absolutely fantastic! Learnt so much and got to view the gorge from a private area. Highly recommend learning from the custodians of the area. Beautiful experience, rich with history and culture.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 29, 2023
  • Danielle M
    Launceston, Australia107 contributions
    A pleasant stay
    Mossman Gorge is beautiful place to visit and well worth a visit. You are required to catch a shuttle bus to get into the gorge area as the roads are narrow. The price for the shuttle was expensive as it's only a 3 - 5-minute trip to the stop but we had no choice to pay it since we wanted to go to the gorge. We did a series of short walks in the gorge and then returned to the gift shop. Some people were swimming in the gorge, and it looked inviting, but we didn't bring our swimmers so couldn't join in!
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 22, 2023
  • Holly
    14 contributions
    Stunning rivers and rainforest
    Stunning rivers and rainforest. Have to book the shuttle bus from the car park for $11 but otherwise no other costs. Some walks to the lookouts are accessible by wheelchair too. Leave plenty of time to explore
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 23, 2023
  • jsmY5381JH
    Adelaide Hills, Australia21 contributions
    Great visit
    Well worth the shuttle cost of only $14pp. All staff were friendly and helpful. The hour loop was fun and varied, not too challenging but not a bore at all. Swimming hole was a real treat after our hike. Nice hot chips at the cafe and some unique options at the gift shop. Highly recommend.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 19, 2023
  • Bev M
    Sydney, Australia265 contributions
    Must Do!!!
    Staff great. So pleased we took the shuttle bus. Rainforest awesome lots of butterflies and trees had huge leaves. Interesting explanations on boards as you walk about the rainforest, hot and slightly humid. People swimming although signs said don't swim - they complained water was cold. Water crystal clear, huge boulders and sand. Short very easy 10 min. walk from bus along clean raised walkways. Young woman on crutches managed this walk. Cantilevered bridge over river. Longer walks available. A must do for all ages. Clean environment and interesting cafe food - scones with local honey etc.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 3, 2023
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Darcy P
4 contributions
Apr 2021
My partner and I were very interested to visit the national park, explore, and go for a quick swim to cool off, however as you are driving there you are diverted off the road into a large carpark with an "information centre". We ventured inside to try to find the walking path to head to the gorge only to be told that you MUST use the bus which drives you 4mins up the road to the gorge. You are not allowed to walk and the bus is $12.50 pp (so $25 for 2 ppl). We were also told that you can swim, however after begrudgingly buying the ticket for shuttle, we walk out to the bus stop to find that there was a sign saying that swimming was closed today. This was due to high water levels from recent rains and I understand that as some international people may not be experienced in rivers with strong flow, however I could see plenty of areas on the side banks with no water current, or even backflowing eddys that would have been fine to sit in and cool off. This was not allowed. The 2.5km loop was also closed for some reason (likely erosion). This meant that we paid $25 for a return 4 min bus trip & to look at a river.
This is a national park which all Australians (& visitors) should be able to use & enjoy, yet this is nothing but a blatant cash grab by locals for money. If they want to offer a shuttle service that is fine for people that CHOOSE to use it, but to force people to use it or not enjoy the area left an extremely bitter taste in our mouths.
Not that it should be relevant, but I have Aboriginal ancestry and even I was angry at what this place has become.
The area is a natural wonder & very beautiful, however I would highly recommend avoiding this place and exploring any of the other FREE national parks / rivers in the area.
Written April 26, 2021
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Philip
Kenmore, Australia95 contributions
Jan 2020
We were on a separate tour and visited Mossman Gorge as part of this tour. The gorge itself is beautiful, but there had been too much recent rain so we were unable to swim that day. That was fine as we just did a more extended forest walk.
The cafe is very good with excellent coffee and nice food. I like the way it is all run and staffed by the local Aboriginal people.
Higly recommend paying for the bus ticket as it is a long walk up a narrow road otherwise.
Written January 12, 2020
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Ashlea W
Mount Gambier, Australia13 contributions
Nov 2020 • Couples
Just wanted to say that we were very impressed with the COVID safe protocols on display throughout our visit. From enforcing check in, to sanitiser stations and social distancing enforced on the bus, hand rails etc being sanitised regularly and signage throughout. Well done. The gorge was quite dry given the lack of rainfall so there wasn't a lot to see. One disappointment was that having completed a walk in the rain forest on a very warm day, we returned to the visitor centre mid afternoon and the cafe was closed. Would have loved to have supported the facility by purchasing an ice cold drink after a long walk but alas was not able to do so.
Written November 21, 2020
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GClife
Gold Coast, Australia1,648 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
We spent a pleasant couple of hours. You pay for a shuttle bus to take you to the Gorge entrance, the buses run every 15minutes, so there is no unnecessary waiting. Walked a long the gorge and then walked the rainforest circuit, it was a bit humid, and would recommend walking shoes, we walked it at a leisurely pace and it took just over an hour.
Written July 29, 2021
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cynnie52
Adelaide, Australia33 contributions
Nov 2020
Even though it was very dry so there was little water in the gorge and the trees looked like they needed a drink it was worth a visit. I thought the $12 fee was good value, they were very COVID safe with spacing on the bus and the driver taking us back even sprayed the bus before we got on board. There were plenty of signs to remind people of social distancing. The only disappointment was the fact they had signs no swimming today but lots of people were going in to swim and walking in areas off the boardwalks to take selfies etc. perhaps they could do with a few rangers to keep people under control. All staff members were very friendly especially the guy at the desk when you first walk in. Plenty of parking. Would visit again
Written November 12, 2020
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Dave A
Dartford, UK56 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Rocked up to the Mossman Gorge expecting a short walk from the car park and then an Ice Cold Paddle, as described by other members of our family who came here a few years ago.
Very disappointed to see how commercialised it has become and now you MUST use the shuttle bus at Aud$ 11.80 (£6.14) per person to access the gorge......not going to do that .
Written January 4, 2020
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Mark L
3 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
What an incredible experience!!! The gorge is beautiful but the most amazing thing about the visit was meeting Roy and having him give us a welcome to country and listen to his stories about how and why the Center came by and the good things it’s doing for the traditional custodians of this magical country. All these people complaining about having to pay to go upto this very special place need to get off their high horse and have a reality check. We were more then happy to pay for the experience and even more so now that we know the monies is going back to the people and the up keep of this amazing place.
Written October 20, 2020
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Shannen l
Melbourne, Australia7 contributions
Apr 2021
Mossman Gorge is very beautiful and well worth experiencing the walking track. You can swim there but we didn't have time. Allow at least 2-3 for the walking trail so you can take your time plus however long you would like to go swimming there for. Most of the staff are traditional owners and they were very friendly. We were on the last shuttle bus and the driver made sure everyone who wanted a ride made it to the bus in time.
Written April 15, 2021
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GGHolidayQueen
Victoria, Australia126 contributions
Apr 2022
Went late afternoon, quiet and straight onto shuttle bus. 2 minute shuttle ride down to the boardwalk and swimming areas. The shuttle bus travels through a local community, who understandably don't want hundreds of tourists traipsing through their community, potentially bringing Covid-19 amongst other things with them, so the shuttle protects their health and peace - a small price to pay for access to such a stunning natural wonder. Do not be disrespectful and walk down to the gorge, this is frowned upon and unnecessary.
There are toilets at both the visitor centre and down at the river where the bus drops you. Be guided by the local information as to whether swimming is safe or not at the time you visit and also be guided by your own water confidence. There are some serious currents even when no significant flow, so be mindful and stay at a depth you're comfortable at, as the area is not patrolled. The water is stunningly clear and cool, very peaceful amongst the rainforest. The boardwalks are well maintained for walking. Bring a bag for your rubbish, as this area only stays pristine if everybody cares for it!
Written April 11, 2022
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Paul S
Healesville, Australia173 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
One of the sites to visit in FNQ is Mossman Gorge. The experience begins at the visitor centre with cafe, which is fairly new and is used as training facility for First Nations people in tourism and hospitality. Good gift shop selling a range of indigenous arts. The bus trip up to the gorge is suitable for people with disabilities as is the walk along the gradual raised boardwalk to and along the gorge. Beautiful scenery and if you are game to go into the water for a swim it is quite refreshing but heed the signs. Cost of entry includes bush trip
Written March 28, 2021
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