Last Saturday Bec drove us about 25 minutes north up to Mossman Gorge. It is a park that draws a lot of tourists to come down and swim in it’s rocky streams and take walks around a few trails through the forest. Since it was a Saturday, it was fairly busy.
Mossman is a village where the aboriginals live which is about a 5 minute walk to the park. There are some houses outside the actual park where a small town is located, mostly farmlands with a lot of sugar cane.
Bec hadn’t been in a few years, and it had been developed a lot more in to a touristy place. Bec said that she used to drive straight in and park at the entrance to go walking. Now they had built a large tourist center and stopped cars from going right up to the gorge. There was buses running from the tourist center to the park that cost $6 round trip, and they herded people through their newly created gift shop.
Once at the gorge it was lovely. Rocky streams that were very alike the place we like to call High Falls back about 40 minutes from Bancroft. The only difference was that the forest there was much different. It was extremely tropical with super huge trees and lots of greenery.
The first part was full of tourists swimming the the calm river (the water was freezing cold).
We decided ton head along to the 2.4km path that was a little further along. That proved to be a good idea since the path wasn’t very busy. At one of the first side paths we found an awesome place where there was another beautiful stream full of boulders and lots of running water.
We kept walking, taking many photos along the way. One of the coolest things was their fig trees. The fig tree basically uses another enormous tree and grows up along it and chokes it out. Basically you get one enormous tree surrounded by huge branches of another tree that just creates a giant mess of wood.
It is absolutely unbelievable the height of all the trees here. I guess not having to worry about surviving through winter gives the trees the opportunity to just grow grow grow.
We didn’t end up seeing many animals – mostly birds and a few lizards.
Once we got back we were ready for a swim in the water. Luckily Bec is a local (anyone that lives in either Mossman or somewhere close by like Port Douglas) and she knew about this smaller swimming hole that the locals and aboriginals use. It got us away from the touristy, busy swimming hole where only 3 other people were. Did I mention that there was a rope swing there as well? The 2 young aboriginal boys that were there were swimming from the rope swing and doing back flips off of the tall tree branches. It was awesome. They clearly do this all the time. I managed to get on the rope swing a few times and overall it was a totally awesome experience.
I also plan to update our flickr account with some more photos of the gorge!