Much of the 56,500ha Mossman Gorge Section of Daintree National Park
includes rugged, largely inaccessible slopes of the Main Coast Range
and Carbine Tableland, adjoining Mt Windsor and Mt Lewis. It is these
steep mountain ranges that trap moisture blown in from the ocean and
ensure frequent rainfall, maintaining the rainforest and ultimately
feeding the Mossman and Daintree Rivers.
Tall, dense rainforests clothe the lowlands and stunted windswept
rainforests occupy the mountaintops. To the west of the Main Coast
Range, open forest and woodlands grow on the drier western slopes. The
park provides a home for a wonderful variety of rainforest animals
including tree-kangaroos, musky rat-kangaroos and Boyd's forest dragons.
Over millions of years, the Mossman River has carved a steep-sided
valley from the upper reaches to the coastal lowlands. Through this
valley, crystal clear water cascades amongst large granite boulders
which have been washed down from the hills during times of heavy flood.
The Mossman Gorge Section is part of the traditional lands of the Kuku Yalanji people.
Getting there and getting around
From Cairns, travel north for 80km along the Cook Highway to
Mossman. In the centre of Mossman turn left into Johnston Road. This
5km bitumen road leads directly to the Mossman Gorge car park. Please
drive slowly and with particular care when passing the Mossman Gorge
Aboriginal Community on your way to the park. Caravans and large
campervans are not recommended on this narrow road.
If you intend to hike within the park beyond the river and rainforest
circuit tracks, you must discuss your plans with park staff and
complete a bushwalking registration form. The Queensland Parks and
Wildlife Service is not responsible for ensuring the safe return of
walkers so you need to provide a responsible person with details of
your trip and advise this person upon your return. If going on extended
walks, ensure you have enough drinking water and protect yourself from
the sun. Wear sturdy shoes and wear appropriate clothing. Be prepared
for weather changes.
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Looking after the park
As part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Daintree National
Park contains outstanding examples of major stages in the earth's
evolutionary history, continuing biological evolution and exceptional
beauty, and provides habitat for many rare and threatened species.
Please minimise your impact on this special place by taking the
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Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service