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Mossman Gorge Swimming Holes

Mossman Gorge (approx 1½ hours from Cairns City)
For a taste of the Daintree without having to go too far north try Mossman Gorge. Situated just out of the township of Mossman this area offers excellent swimming opportunities, picnic facilities and a selection of short walks through World Heritage Rainforest. 

 

There is a walk that is easily accessable, and stairs down to the swimming area. Swimming here is safe but children need to be watched closely as currents flow around the rocks and can be quite fast, especially after rain.

 

Getting There: Head north along the Captain Cook Highway to Mossman (north of Port Douglas and 75km from Cairns). Just before you reach Mossman’s centre a signposted left will take you out to the gorge.

 

There is a walk that is easily accessable, and stairs down to the swimming area. Swimming here is safe but children need to be watched closely as currents flow around the rocks and can be quite fast, especially after rain.


Where: Gorge Rd (view map)

When: Open 365 days a year

Price: Free

Website: (visit website)

Author: Kate Richards

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