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

Wander through dense lowland rainforest, featuring strangler figs and epiphytes, on the Rainforest circuit. Photo credit: Maxime Coquard © Queensland Government

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

Rainforest circuit track

Explore tall, dense lowland rainforest as you enjoy the views on this moderately easy circuit walk.

Journey type
2.4km circuit The same start and finish point, but the traveller doesn’t return along the same path
Time suggested
Allow 45min walking time.
Moderate (walk)

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle
  • Bicycle

Journey facilities

  • Lookout (natural)
  • Walking

Feel immersed in moist cool green rainforest on this moderately easy track, leading from the Rex Creek Bridge track. Steep mountain ranges behind Mossman Gorge trap moisture that blows in from the ocean, creating the wet conditions that nurture this rainforest.

Look for strangler figs, many kinds of epiphytic plants and bright butterflies, and enjoy views of Mount Demi from a small lookout along the way. Or join a guided Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk for insight into Kuku-Yalanji connections with the rainforest.

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 Rainforest Circuit 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.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Rainforest circuit 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.