Mossman Gorge, 20 km north of Port Douglas in far north Queensland, is part of the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest. The Kuku Yalanji people, whose ancestors have lived here for thousands of years, manage the gorge and the visitor centre.
A walk through the gorge begins on a wide boardwalk raised over creek beds and the forest floor. The path leads to a suspension bridge over the Mossman River, swollen after unseasonal rain has fallen in the mountains.
The circuit passes ancient stands of trees and strangler figs which have long ago taken over their hosts. On the forest floor, richly coloured fungi glow like jewels. The sound of the river rushing over massive granite boulders combines with the song of unseen birds hiding high in the canopy.
With pristine waters and lush vegetation, this rainforest landscape is the much the same now as it was when the Kuku Yalanji lived here. It’s almost as if they’ve just walked by.