Baral Marrjanga track
Spot spectacular butterflies as you amble along an elevated boardwalk through the ancient rainforest of Mossman Gorge.
Meander amongst the lower rainforest canopy on elevated boardwalks from the Mossman Gorge day-use area. Suitable for strollers, wheelchairs or just an easy stroll, enjoy spotting brilliantly-coloured butterflies in the rainforest canopy along the way. We don’t recommend joining them though—at times it can be dangerous to swim here.
From the lookout, gaze over the Mossman River with its scenic backdrop of mountain ranges. Feel rejuvenated as you watch cool river waters tumble and swirl around massive granite boulders. Look for 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.
At a glance
Getting there and getting around
Baral Marrjanga track is in the Mossman Gorge section of Daintree National Park.
- This track begins from the shuttle bus stop and car park in Mossman Gorge
- 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 15mins 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.
Park at the Mossman Gorge Centre. Long vehicle/coach spaces and wheelchair parking spaces are also provided.
The track is suitable for wheelchairs, strollers and the vision-impaired.
When to visit
The park is open 24hrs a day but private vehicles can't access the Mossman Gorge section between 8am and 6pm daily. During this time, shuttle buses operate between the Mossman Gorge Centre and the park. You can walk or cycle to the park at any time at no cost; and you can drive your private vehicle to the park before 8am and after 6pm.
Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
Climate and weather
The Daintree region has one of the wettest climates in Australia. During the wet season, from December to April, there are heavy and frequent downpours. Some areas receive more than 6m of rainfall annually. Maximum temperatures through the wet season range from 27–33°C, with humidity often exceeding 80 per cent. The cooler, drier months from May to September are the best time to visit. The weather is pleasantly warm with reduced humidity. Maximum temperatures average 26°C.
Permits and fees
- A fee may apply for the shuttle bus at Mossman Gorge Centre that provides access into the park from 8am to 6pm daily.
- Commercial operators charge fees for guided tours and walks.
- For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see Queensland.com, and for friendly advice on how to get there, where to stay and what to do, find your closest accredited visitor information centre.
- If you are planning a school excursion or organising a group event such as a wedding, fun run or adventure training, you may need an organised event permit. Maximum group sizes and other conditions apply depending on location and activity type.
Domestic animals are not allowed here.
Staying in touch
Mobile phone coverage
Unreliable. Check with your service provider for more information.
- Parks are natural environments and conditions can be unpredictable. You are responsible for your own safety and for looking after the park.
Read stay safe and visit with care for important general information about safety, caring for parks and essentials to bring when you visit Queensland’s national parks.
- Drinking water is not provided. Bring your own drinking water.
- Rubbish bins are provided at Mossman Gorge Centre.
- Bins are not provided elsewhere. Please bring rubbish bags, and take all recyclables and rubbish with you when you leave.
- Wear suitable footwear for walking as track surfaces can be uneven.
- Avoid stinging trees that are found occasionally alongside walking tracks in Mossman Gorge and can cause a sting that is extremely painful.
- Beware bites and stings.
- Read walk with care for tips on walking safely and walking lightly.
- It is dangerous to enter the Mossman River, due to a combination of strong currents, flash flooding, cold, deep water and slippery rocks. People have been injured and deaths have occurred at Mossman Gorge.
- Take care near water and never dive or jump into the water as it can be shallow or have submerged objects.
- Read water safety for important information about staying safe in and near water and caring for parks.