Mossman Gorge day-use area
All roads lead to the Mossman Gorge day-use area—or at least the road into Mossman Gorge! The day-use area is usually very busy from 8am to 6pm, when the Mossman Gorge Centre’s shuttle buses are running. Outside these hours, you can drive to the day-use area.
Set off to explore one of several walking tracks through Mossman Gorge with its lush rainforest featuring strangler-figs and epiphytes, then relax with a picnic in the shady day-use area or find a spot beside the river.
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
The Mossman Gorge day-use area is in the Mossman Gorge section of Daintree National Park, about 80km north of Cairns.
- 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.
- The day-use area is near the shuttle bus stop and car park in Mossman Gorge.
Between 8am and 6pm, park at the Mossman Gorge Centre to catch the shuttle bus to the day-use area in Mossman Gorge. Long vehicle/coach spaces and wheelchair parking are also available. At other times, park at the car park in Mossman Gorge.
The day-use area, shuttle bus, toilets and the rainforest boardwalk Baral Marrjanga, which leads from the car park to the Mossman River lookout, are all wheelchair accessible.
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.
- Do not leave cars unattended overnight as they could be vandalised.
- 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.
- Please drive slowly and with particular care when passing the Mossman Gorge Aboriginal community.
- Drivers should keep left and watch for wildlife, particularly cassowaries. Be cass-o-wary!
Swimming at Mossman Gorge at any time can be dangerous. People have died here and others have been seriously injured.
- Water conditions are unpredictable.
- Water levels can rise rapidly and without warning.
- Strong currents, deep water and submerged boulders make this river dangerous to enter.
- Do not jump or dive into the river.
- To stay safe, do not swim.
- Read water safety for important information about staying safe in and near water and caring for parks.