Since we visited the area, there has been some significant development with the opening of the Mossman Gorge Visitors Centre. The Centre is run by the local Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people who provide visitors with opportunities to join their Dreamtime walks through the area to learn more about the culture, food sources, and Dreamtime. There are also early morning guided bird walks and night time crocodile walks (for the brave), and guided fishing expeditions.
We took a self guided walk and the thing that struck us the most, was just how clear and tranquil the waters were at Mossman Gorge. There are huge boulders in the gorge that have been worn to a smooth round shape over time.
It was the dry season when we visited, but we learned that great torrents of water explode through the area during the wet season, so be careful if you intend to swim, especially if there is any current flowing at the time of your visit.
The boardwalks are well constructed, but not very stroller friendly if you are travelling with children. We took around 2 hrs at a leisurely pace, stopping often to read the many plaques describing various flora and fauna in the area. This is one of Australia foremost rainforest walks and you are definitely immersed in the atmosphere it provides by being the oldest remaining rainforest in the world today.
We were staying with family in Cairns at the time of our visit to Mossman Gorge, but I believe there is a caravan park close by called 'Mossman Riverside Leisure Park'. They have tent sites from $28, powered sites from $33, camp kitchen, shaded swimming pool, bbqs and a beer garden to sit and enjoy your meals al fresco. We haven't stayed there ourselves, so we can't give a recommendation, but it does look nice and of course it's very handy to Mossman Gorge.
Have you been to Mossman Gorge? Please leave a comment below, thanks!