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A visit to the Mossman Gorge not only promises breathtaking scenery, extraordinary wildlife and lush rainforest, it also offers the opportunity to learn about the rich cultural heritage that links the people of the region to the land. The Kuku Yalanji people are the Indigenous inhabitants of the land and have a history dating back 50,000 years to the earliest human occupation of Australia. They are true rainforest people, living in complete harmony with their environment. It is part of them and
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Photo 1. Located in the southern part of the World Heritage Listed, Daintree National Park, Mossman Gorge is one of the few places in the country that visitors can gain an insight into the lives, culture and beliefs of Australia’s Indigenous population and their connection to the natural environment. Mossman Gorge and the surrounding Daintree region make for a truly breathtaking and unique experience.
Photo 2. The Daintree Region is an area of ancient tropical rainforest containing one of the most complex ecosystems on earth. Spanning 120,000 hectares, the Daintree Rainforest is the largest portion of tropical rainforest in Australia The region contains over 135 million years worth of heritage making it a worthy inclusion on the World Heritage list.
Photo 3. Take in the beauty of its pristine rainforest, cool streams, towering mountains and the dramatic Gorge. The forest meets the reef in spectacular fashion bringing together not only the flora and fauna of forest, but also all the wildlife the reef has to offer. It is the only place in the world where visitors can witness two heritage listed sites existing side by side in perfect harmony.
Photo 4. The Rainforest Circuit Track begins on the far side of Rex Creek bridge. Embark on an adventure through the Gorge with a voyage through the lush green rainforest. Soak up the wonders of the national park at your own pace.
Photo 5. Just sit and appreciate the wonders of your surroundings at one of the many water holes. Find yourself under the towering canopy of the rainforest.
Photo 6. The region has one of the wettest climates in Australia. Most rain falls during the months of December to April. While it may be wet, don’t expect the temperatures to be cool as humidity during this time often exceeds 80 per cent with temperatures averaging 27 to 33 degrees celsius. The temperature cools from May to November and the conditions become a little drier. This is the best time for long walks with the humidity dropping dramatically and conditions become more suitable for exploring,
Photo 7. Long Necked Turtle, a lucky charm in many cultures.
Photo 8. Happy Little Colorful Duck
Photo 9. The region is home to one of the largest butterfly colonies in existence.
Photo 10. Visiting in the wet season can be a highlight for visitors. This is a time of year that will switch senses to overload with the smells, sounds and sights of the Gorge heightened as plants blossom and the water flows that little bit faster providing the perfect conditions for swimming.
Photo 11. The overcrowding of plants on the rainforest floor means they must fight for survival and grow skywards in search of the sun's rays. This struggle for survival results in some very interesting plants to view in the rainforest such as the strangler fig. The strangler fig often begins its life as a seed deposited by a bird at the top of a tree or in a trees crevice. It then develops roots and grows down the host tree, essentially strangling it all the way down to its base. Once the host plants
Photo 12. Tourist Lady between the roots of a Strangler Fig Tree.
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