Mossman Gorge (20min north of Port Douglas / 70min from Cairns) is a popular section of the Daintree National Park around a steep-sided valley on the Mossman River. Estimated at 60 000 years old, this lush tropical rainforest and creek is a popular spot for a walking along the 3km track and swimming in the crystal clear creeks. It is a site of aboriginal heritage significance, with guided walks from the native Kuku Yalanji Mossman Gorge Community.
The impressive avenue of the massive ‘Raintrees
(Samanea Saman) was planted about 100 years
ago using seeds obtained in Jamaica by Mossman
pioneer Dan Hart. The stone church was completed
in 1952 after a 40 year build following the
destruction by a cyclone in 1911 of the original
timber church. Sugar cane farming is an important
aspect for the 1700 residents.