Daintree National Park (CYPAL) Tropical North Queensland

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

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If you’re looking for a cool change in the rainforest that both you and the kids will enjoy, along with an opportunity for a unique cultural experience, look no further than Mossman Gorge in Daintree National Park (CYPAL). Photo credit: Maxime Coquard © Queensland Government

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Lower river track, Mossman Gorge

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

Journey type
Walk
Distance
640m return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
Time suggested
Allow 40min walking time.
Grade
Grade 2 walking track

Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle

Journey facilities

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

Starting from the shuttle bus stop in Mossman Gorge day-use area, this pleasant but sometimes slippery track winds along the river bank then joins the Baral Marrjanga track. From small lookouts, watch the Mossman River tumble over smooth granite boulders, rushing swiftly towards the ocean.

Look for brilliant butterflies fluttering in the rainforest, and watch jungle perch and saw-shelled turtles in the river below.

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.

  • The Lower River track begins from the shuttle bus stop in Mossman Gorge day-use area. Refer to map (PDF, 180.5KB) .
  • Follow the track along the river to where it joins the Baral Marrjanga track. Return the way you came.
  • If you wish to continue along the Baral Marrjanga  track to the Mossman River lookout, be sure to allow extra time.

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 walking 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 Daintree safely and Walk with care.