Travel 77 km North of Cairns and you are going to come across Mossman Gorge, one of Cairns’ most popular swimming holes and things to do in Cairns for tourists.
Mossman Gorge’s walking tracks provide easy access to a popular swimming hole with a stunning tropical rainforest backdrop. Located in World Heritage rainforest, Mossman Gorge is home to unique fauna including cassowaries, Boyd’s forest dragons and musky rat-kangaroos while the creek is also inhabited by fish, frogs, turtles and platypus.
Guided walks are available at the Mossman Gorge Centre, as well as an art gallery, information centre and cafe. We recommend the Dreamtime Gorge Walk, where you can partake in a traditional smoking ceremony, listen to stories of the Dreamtime and indulge in a delicious damper and bush tea meal. These tours provide an insight into the cultural heritage of the local Kuku Yalaji aboriginal people.
Visitors can no longer drive directly to Mossman Gorge. Parking is provided at the nearby Mossman Gorge Centre and from here visitors can choose to catch an electric shuttle bus for the final 2km into the gorge, for a small fee, or take the 20 minute walk along the road for free. Shuttle buses depart every 15 minutes and bus fees go back into the local aboriginal community to help maintain the area and facilities.
Mossman Gorge is a great stop off on the way north, so if you are in the mood for a double dip of rainforest fun, why not continue the drive up to Cape Tribulation?