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“One of my favourite places in the world, lush natural rainforest, beautiful.”
Review of Mossman Gorge

Mossman Gorge
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Leura, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“One of my favourite places in the world, lush natural rainforest, beautiful.”
Reviewed March 13, 2013

If you are visiting Australia, and are planning a trip to Queensland, Mossman Gorge is a must. It is the easiest access point for the famous Daintree Rainforest. I have been several times, when living in Australia, and it never ceases to stop me in my tracks. You can access the gorge from Mossman town, it is a short drive along the Mossman river. From the carpark, take the winding walk along the river bank to the main viewing point. You walk through rainforest (bring a brolly & raincoat). The main viewing point gives you a fantastic view up and down river, of this ancient boulder strewn river. There is a tiny beach just before the viewing platform, where you can access the quieter pools of the river, to take a dip & sit on the huge smooth boulders, in contemplation. There are further short walks you can do from here, up to the suspension bridge and beyond. Nothing too strenuous or long. The main forest is too dense, and it is not recommended that you go off the tracks, as the plants & wildlife are protected. It is a truly beautiful and peaceful spot (when there are not bus loads of people there).
From December through to April expect heavy rain every day. May through to November is dry season.
A stunning place.
This is a wild forest, and though there are toilets and a few picnic tables near the carpark, don't expect anything more developed than that. The walking track may not suit pushchairs/buggies. However if kids are old enough to walk it is a great place to explore.
Spray arms & legs if you don't want to get mosquito bites. Even during the day you can get bitten as it is cooler and shady under the tree canopy.

Visited April 2012
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Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
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“Beautiful place, now made made to feel unwelcome”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

What has happened? Mossman Gorge is a place is for everyone!! Road closed! If money is needed, perhaps a gold coin donation to get through the gate. If parking was a problem in the gorge carpark, make a new one a little bit futher down, near the 'house'. A bus shuttle for $5 to the original carpark, I don't think so. Staff in the costly looking information centre are not in any way friendly or welcoming. We stood at the desk, for a while looking at a map in amazement, maybe that's why they would not serve us. Up your friendliness and customer service skills.
You are forced to go through the visitor centre and pay $5 for a stuffy shuttle bus. Or you can walk the 2.5klms (visitor centre tells you 2klms). However, you have to 'prise' it out of them that you can walk. I don't think they really want you there.
The Mossman Gorge itself is still an amazing, beautiful & a very refreshing destination.
The shuttle bus and having to park at the visitor centre is a extremely disappointing and a poor experience. Sustain the natural beauty, fine, but this experience should be free not a money making venture, we pay our taxes.
Suggestion to all, if you want to visit and go for a swim, I recommend to find a tour operator that can drive through the gate with direct access to the gorge.

Visited March 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Cheap and lovely”
Reviewed March 10, 2013

After a super long, hot drive to get to the centre, it was such a relief to have some cool! The gift shop is lovely, staff are friendly and $4.80 return for the shuttle to the gorge is super cheap for such a tourist spot.
Very pretty location, a must do if you're in the region.

Visited March 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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106 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Overrated”
Reviewed March 8, 2013

The fee was low but the staff were not particularly friendly or welcoming. Bus seemed unreliable and was hot and uncomfortable. Actual setting was nice, but a bit offputting to see all of the warning signs against swimming. Views were nice and few good photo opportunities. Would have been much nicer to have been able to drive up closer to the actual site and experience it that way. Lots of signs preventing you from entering areas, only a few areas can actually be accessed by visitors. Can say that I have been there and done that but dont think I would bother to visit again.

Visited March 2013
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Ahmic Harbour, ON, Canada
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“great destination for a hot day”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

the entrance fee is nominal, from the visitor centre a (frequent) free shuttle takes you to the hiking trails; there are long hike options, we took the short one and enjoyed it thoroughly--lots of photo ops. a swim in the crystal clear water below the rapids was so refreshing in such hot weather, we thought it was a terrific and low-cost outing.

Visited March 2013
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