Mossman Gorge is the the southernmost end of the world heritage Daintree Rainforest, the oldest continuous rainforest in the world. We flew into Cairns late yesterday, after our early morning flight out of Moruya was delayed by two hours, meaning we missed our connection in Sydney to Cairns … but we were able to take a later flight. Driving north along the winding coast road, we stopped to snap the view as light was fading.
We found our accommodation, Mossman Rainforest B&B, dashed out to buy a little food, and had the most surprisingly enjoyable impromptu dinner party with two other guests!
Today I perused the garden, then we had breakfast on a long verandah, gazing into the canopy spotting birds,
and then went into Mossman to visit the weekly markets. They are held in the shade of giant trees, covered with epiphytes.
We bought a pineapple crush, a slice of black sapote chocolate cake, and a bag of carambola fruits! The it was out Mossman Gorge to walk through the famous rainforest. Much to our surprise it is enormously popular, with possibly thousands of visitors a day during the school holiday season.
The well-constructed walkways took most traffic, there was a very bouncy swing bridge, and two kilometer circuit for the energetic. Many simply came to swim! We walked the long route, where I loved the circular pools of light falling on the track …. seeping through the thick canopy.
Now we have checked into Silky Oaks Lodge for three nights, and are hanging out in our treehouse before going down to the river to swim …. not bad!
Don't you love these red trunked palms outside our windows?