Mossman is located 75km northwest of Cairns on the border of Daintree National Park. The town is characterised by its impressive archway of sprawling trees, abundant sugar cane in surrounding fields and mountain views.
The sugar cane industry thrives in this region and there is plenty of activity along the cane train line on which the carts transport the sugar cane from the fields into town to the mill. The cane is crushed between June and October and guided tours of the Central Mill and the processing procedure are available during this time.
The magnificent Mossman Gorge is the main attraction and is situated 4km from town in the Daintree National Park via Johnstone Road. The gorge is easily accessible and a 400 metre walk leads to the Rex Swinging Bridge and gorge lookout where you can marvel at the raging river tumbling over the granite boulders towards the crystal clear plunge pool at the base of the gorge. This popular swimming hole is an oasis amongst the rainforest. The magnificent rainforest can be further explored by walking the 2.7km loop trail.
The Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime visitor centre offers guided rainforest walks with traditional Daintree custodians. The Aboriginal cultural walks depart Monday to Friday at 9am, 11am, 1pm & 3pm and Saturday to Sunday at 9am & 11am. The walks range from 30 to 90 minutes and offer a fabulous experience as you explore the majestic rainforest and learn about it and its traditional owners. Interesting and educational aspects of the walks include sacred sites, rock paintings, caves and lessons on bush tucker, paint making and medicinal plants in the forest. An Aboriginal art gallery is also located at the visitor centre and maps and park information are available.
This is the last major town before venturing deeper into Far North Queensland and exploring the remainder of the Daintree, Cape Tribulation and beyond. It’s a good place to refuel and stock up on supplies, particularly if you are travelling to Cooktown and Cape York. Note that water is available 1km north of town at Bill Reese Park beside the river.