Mossman Gorge, Daintree National Park
Back to nature
Sun sparkles on the cool, rippling water of the gorge and all around you is the lush green of the rainforest. The kids call excitedly as they spot a turtle sitting on a giant, rounded boulder in the river. They run ahead over the suspension bridge, almost missing the sight of a huge jungle perch gliding through the water below. You’ve given them the task of spotting the first information board – by following the boards you’ll find out how surrounding plants are used by the Indigenous Kuku Yalanji people.
Gorge Rd, via Mossman
■ The guided walks on Aboriginal life in the rainforest. These leave from the entrance to Mossman Gorge four times daily (except Sundays), and take an hour and half. Visit culturally significant sites and learn about cave paintings, see traditional bark shelters and cool rainforest streams, learn how to find bush tucker, and have a taste of damper; Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime; (07) 4098 2595; www.yalanji.com.au/walks.html
One of the animals found only in the rainforests of north-eastern Queensland is Boyd’s forest dragon. The colourful markings on this spiky, prehistoric looking lizard include a mustard yellow pouch beneath the chin, and bright patches of yellow, black and white on its olive body. Surprisingly, these serve as camouflage in the rainforest.
■ The Department of Environment warns against entering the river because of dangers from swift currents, flash flooding and slippery rocks.