Mossman Gorge, Daintree National Park (CYPAL) Tropical North Queensland

Glimpse crystal-clear water rushing through tumbled granite boulders on the Lower River track. Photo credit: Maxime Coquard © Queensland Government

The Lower River track has great views of the beautiful Mossman River. Photo credit: Maxime Coquard © Queensland Government

Lower river track

Glimpse crystal-clear waters rushing through tumbled granite boulders as you meander on this track along the river bank.

Journey type
300m one way A path where the start point is different to the finish point
Time suggested
Allow 10min walking time.
Moderate (walk)

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle
  • Bicycle

Journey facilities

  • Lookout (constructed)
  • Toilets (flush)
  • Walking

Take your time as you walk along this pleasant although sometimes slippery track from the Mossman Gorge day-use area that winds along the river bank then joins the Baral Marrjanga track. From small lookouts, watch mesmerised as the Mossman River tumbles over smooth granite boulders and rushes swiftly towards the ocean.

Look for brilliant butterflies fluttering in the rainforest, and watch jungle perch and saw-shelled turtles in the river below. We don’t recommend joining them though—it can be dangerous to swim here.

This park is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, famed for its exceptional natural beauty, outstanding examples of the record of life, evolutionary history and remarkable diversity.

Getting there and getting around

The Lower River track is in the Mossman Gorge section of Daintree National Park (CYPAL), about 80km north of Cairns.

  • From Cairns drive 80km north along the Captain Cook Highway then just before Mossman town centre, turn left into Johnston Road and continue for 2km to the Mossman Gorge Centre near the entrance to the Mossman Gorge section of the park.
  • Electric shuttle buses operate daily from the centre (every 15min from 8am–6pm) transporting visitors on a 2km journey into the park.
  • Private vehicles are not permitted in the park from 8am to 6pm daily, but can access the park before 8am and after 6pm. You can walk or cycle to the park at any time.
  • The Lower River track begins from the shuttle bus stop/car park in Mossman Gorge and joins Baral Marrjanga track.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Lower River track is open 24 hours a day.

Seasonal closures

This track may be closed at times due to localised flooding or for track maintenance during the wet season.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Mossman Gorge safely and Walk with care.

  • There are currently no park alerts for this park.