About Mossman Gorge
Mossman Gorge is part of the traditional lands of the Eastern Kuku Yalanji people.
Much of the Mossman Gorge section of Daintree National Park consists of the rugged, largely inaccessible slopes of the Main Coast Range, and Windsor and Carbine tablelands. 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 cover the lowlands and stunted, windswept montaine 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, Australian brush-turkeys 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 among large granite boulders which have been washed down from the hills during times of heavy flood.
- Read more about the nature, culture and history of Daintree National 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 vulnerable and threatened species. Please minimise your impact on this special place by taking the following measures:
- Take your rubbish with you when you leave.
- Don't use shampoos and soaps in or near waterways.
- Stay on walking tracks, as taking short cuts leads to erosion and adjacent areas may be unstable.
- Obey signs and regulations—they are in place to protect this area for conservation and nature-based recreation.
See caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.
Mossman Gorge, Daintree National Park, is managed for the purposes of nature conservation and nature-based recreation. It is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and is adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
In March 2007, the Eastern Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people signed a series of Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs) with the Queensland Government and other bodies. The ILUAs recognise Eastern Kuku Yalanji's rights to be custodians and managers of their traditional country. Under one of these ILUAs Eastern Kuku Yalanji people will be more involved in managing Daintree National Park.
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The natural, cultural and historical significance of Mossman Gorge
- Temporary closure Mossman River lookout: Mossman Gorge day-use area, Daintree National Park 24 May to 13 August 2021