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Rainforest circuit track

Maxime Coquard © Queensland Government

Rainforest circuit track

Walking No Walking
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
Mountain biking No mountain biking
Horseriding No horseriding
Two-wheel driving No two-wheel driving
Four-wheel driving No four-wheel driving
Trail-bike riding No trail-bike riding
Canoeing & kayaking No canoeing & kayaking
Boating No boating
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Lookout (natural) No lookouts
Tent camping No tent camping
World Heritage Area

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Walking No walking
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
Mountain biking No mountain biking
Horseriding No horseriding
Two-wheel driving No two-wheel driving
Four-wheel driving No four-wheel driving
Trail-bike riding No trail-bike riding
Canoeing & kayaking No canoeing & kayaking
Boating No boating
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Lookout (natural) No lookouts
Tent camping No tent camping
World Heritage Area

Explore tall, dense lowland rainforest as you enjoy the views on this moderately easy circuit walk.

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Explore the rainforest on the other side of Rex Creek Bridge on the Rainforest circuit track.
Explore the rainforest on the other side of Rex Creek Bridge on the Rainforest circuit track. © Queensland Government
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Feel immersed in moist cool green rainforest on this moderately easy track, leading from the Rex Creek Bridge track. Steep mountain ranges behind Mossman Gorge trap moisture that blows in from the ocean, creating the wet conditions that nurture this rainforest.

Look for strangler figs, many kind of epiphytic plants and bright butterflies, and enjoy views of Mount Demi from a small lookout along the way. Or join a guided Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk for insight into Kuku-Yalanji connections with the rainforest.

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

Distance: 2.4km circuit (the same start and finish point, but the traveller doesn’t return along the same path).
Time suggested: Allow 45mins walking time.
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Journey type: Walk

Getting there and getting around

The Rainforest Circuit track 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.

Road conditions

Caravans and large campervans are not recommended on the narrow park access road beyond the Mossman Gorge Centre.

Parking

Between 8am and 6pm, park at the Mossman Gorge Centre to catch the shuttle bus to the start of the walk. Long vehicle/coach spaces and wheelchair parking are also available. At other times, park at the shuttle bus stop/car park in Mossman Gorge.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

When to visit

Opening hours

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.

Seasonal closures

This track may be closed at times due to localised flooding or for track maintenance during the wet season.

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

Bus fees

  • A fee may apply for the shuttle bus at Mossman Gorge Centre that provides access into the park from 8am to 6pm daily.

Tour fees

  • The local Indigenous community offers guided Ngadiku Dreamtime Walks.
  • 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.

Organised events

  • 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.

Pets

Domestic animals are not allowed here.

Staying in touch

Mobile phone coverage

Unreliable. Check with your service provider for more information.

Tourism information

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.

Be prepared

  • 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

  • Drinking water is not provided. Bring your own drinking water.

Rubbish

  • 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.

Walking

  • 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.
  • Wear suitable footwear for walking in Mossman Gorge as track surfaces can be uneven.
  • Read walk with care for tips on walking safely and walking lightly.

Around water

  • 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.
  • Read water safety for important information about staying safe in and near water and caring for parks.
Last updated: 22 March 2018
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