The Ultimate Australian Rainforest Experience
Experience the best of the Daintree Rainforest with our Mossman Gorge Rainforest Discovery tour! Join Jason and his team of expert adventurers for an unforgettable day exploring the heart of this ancient rainforest.
Begin the day with a traditional Kuku Yalanji smoking ceremony and have traditional rainforest body paint applied. Enjoy a 4km interpretive walk through the Daintree National Park, followed by a well-earned lunch.
Then, head to a secret location on the Mossman River for our one-of-a-kind River Drift Snorkelling tour, where you can search for turtles, water dragons, and the elusive platypus. Perfect for solo adventurers, families, and couples who love nature and water.
Don’t miss this Daintree adventure!
This small local family business is an Ecotourism Australia certified tour operator and have achieved the entry level status of ‘ECO Certified ecotourism’ for this Daintree Rainforest River Snorkelling.
The business is also proud supporters of Rainforest Rescue, helping to protect the Daintree Rainforest forever.
- Take part in a traditional Kuku Yalanji smoking ceremony
- Fully guided walk through 4km of rainforest trails
- Enjoy a delicious lunch and snacks
- Snorkel in crystal-clear river under the rainforest canopy
- Search for turtles and platypus as you float
- Spot over 30 species of fish, water dragons and colourful birds
- Perfect for adventurous families and couples
- Friendly local guides practicing sustainable tourism
- Palm Cove and Cairns pick-ups are possible too
Story ~ Mossman Gorge Rainforest Discovery
Morning at Mossman Gorge
Embark on a full day of exploration and discovery with our Mossman Gorge Rainforest Discovery tour!
The day starts with convenient pick-up from your Port Douglas accommodation (optional pick-up from Cairns and Palm Cove hotels available at additional price). As you journey north through historic sugar cane fields, you’ll feel the excitement building for the incredible day ahead.
Your rainforest journey begins with a traditional Kuku Yalanji smoking ceremony at Mossman Gorge, where you’ll be cleansed and protected from bad spirits. You’ll also have the opportunity to get your body painted, an ancient tradition which carries deep spiritual significance for the First Nations people of Mossman Gorge. With all the protection in place we are ready to embark on a fully guided and interpretive 4km walk through the Daintree National Park.
As we venture deeper into the national park, the steep mountain ranges behind Mossman Gorge trap moisture that blows in from the ocean, creating the perfect moist conditions for this rainforest to thrive over millions of years. As we take our 4km interpretive walk, keep an eye out for magnificent strangler fig trees, colourful lizards, and even rainforest wallabies. Admire the stunning epiphytic plants and listen to the fluttering of azure blue Ulysses butterflies under the canopy.
After your walk, we will enjoy a well-deserved lunch before our second immersive rainforest experience. In our effort to support local business lunch is at a local Mossman township cafe.
(Most dietary requirements are catered for. Please contact us for more information.)
Afternoon River Drift Snorkelling
After lunch you head to a secret location on the Mossman River for our one-of-a-kind Mossman Gorge River Drift Snorkelling tour.
Once you arrive, you’re highly trained river guide will fit you with a wetsuit, boots, and a snorkel mask, and you’ll step into the cool, crystal clear water of the Mossman River. The river’s gentle current will take you on a journey through the rainforest canopy, immersing you in the sights and sounds of this ancient wilderness.
As you float along, keep an eye out for the river’s fascinating wildlife. Spot fish darting in and around the river stones, and try to catch a glimpse of the occasional turtle or even the elusive platypus. Enjoy more than 30 species of fish living in this river and you’ll be sure to spot plenty of butterflies, rainforest birds, and maybe a couple of water dragons too.
After an unforgettable time drifting under the rainforest canopy, it’s time to dry off and head back south to your accommodation. As you reflect on your amazing adventure, you’ll be left with a deep sense of peace and awe for the beauty of nature thanks to this Mossman Gorge Rainforest Discovery.
No time for a full day? Try our 4 hour Daintree Rainforest River Snorkelling Adventure.
*Group bookings, please contact us.
**Cairns/Palm Cove transfer options can be added after pressing “Book Now”.
Mossman Gorge Rainforest Discovery
(Mossman Gorge Adventure Day with River Drift Snorkelling)
What to bring
- Swim wear (to wear under the wetsuit) and towel
- Small backpack
- Hat & Sunglasses
- Suitable clothing to walk in the tropical climate
- Footwear/walking sandals for rainforest walk
- Waterproof bag or covers for phones/cameras
- Glasses are not suitable for the snorkelling, we recommend wearing contact lenses
- Plastic-free reusable water bottle
- Natural reef/aquatic safe sunscreen*
Please note, anything you won’t be swimming with will be left in the transfer vehicle at your own risk. We recommend only bringing what you need for the whole tour.
*For more information about sunscreen damaging our reefs visit the ethically conscious www.earthturtle.com.au/blog
Know before you go
River Levels & Suitability
When the river level is low (90% of the year), our activity is generally suitable for families, all ages (4 years+) and swimming abilities.
When the river level is higher, the faster flowing water is only suitable for strong swimming adults (15 years+) with good fitness and mobility.
Please contact us if you have any questions.
Pre-existing Medical Conditions
This trip is not suitable if you have limited mobility or injuries, For example difficulty walking, injured or limited movement of knees, ankle, shoulder, etc.
Due to limitations of our equipment & our guides ability to safely rescue you in an emergency the recommended maximum weight is 125kg/274lb.
A good level of fitness and mobility is required if you are near or over this weight
Please get in touch and we can advise you.
Trip Physicality/General Health
This trip rates 3 out of 5 meaning it includes some physical activities.
Guests should have no concerns with walking 4km on natural trails with uneven ground and steps.
Before participating all guests are required to complete a medical declaration form & sign a liability waiver to participate in this tour.
All though this is an all-weather experience itineraries may be subject to change due to weather events and unforeseen circumstances.
The morning and afternoon itinerary may be switched around to suit conditions.
Tell us about any dietary requirements you may have.
Cancellation by Customer:
- If you cancel 72 hours or more in advance of departure: 0% fee
- If you cancel between 48 – 72 hours of departure: 50% fee
- If you cancel within 48 hours of departure: 100% fee
- Unless otherwise stated all refunds will incur a 6% administration fee.
All prices are person unless otherwise stated, are in Australian dollars, are correct at the time of publication & are subject to change without notice.
Family rate is based on 2 adults + 2 children.
Terms & Conditions
In addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined above, upon purchase this package is subject to general terms & conditions.