MOSSMAN GORGE AND SURROUNDS


Heading north from Port Douglas, it's only 16 kilometres till you reach Mossman, a sugar growing town overlooked by mass tourism, but is the regional centre for the sugar industry. A pleasant little farming town with a rural atmosphere, Mossman has some interesting natural sites worth visiting. Nearby Wonga Beach and Newell Beach have become popular holiday destinations with a choice of accommodation including a selection of lovely holiday homes, without the crowds of Port Douglas.

Mossman Groge is a beautiful section of the Daintree National Park, in Tropical North Queensland.But most come to visit Mossman Gorge. Five minutes west of town is Mossman Gorge, one of the most visited spots this side of Cairns. It is a beautiful section of the World Heritage Daintree National Park. Here the Mossman River, with its crystal clear water cascades, tumbles its way over and around large granite boulders to create cool clear freshwater swimming holes. Lush steep mountainsides surround the riverbanks.

There are picnic points along the two walking tracks. The River Circuit track, only 400 metres, will take you to fantastic lookouts over the Mossman River. From the car park, the circuit runs alongside the river and returns to the carpark through the rainforest. The Rainforest circuit track runs for 2.7 kilometres and will take you around an hour. From the river circuit track, continue on to the Mossman River lookout and from there you will access the Rainforest Circuit track via a suspension bridge over Rex Creek, where you will have beautiful views of Manjal Dimbi and an access point to Wurumbu Creek.

The Gorge is home to the Kuku Yalanji people, the traditional Aboriginal landowners who inhabit the area and is the ancient site of many local Aboriginal legends.
Mossman has been a rural centre for the sugar industry for many years. From June to November, visitors driving through the area will see all the cane harvesters at work. Watch out for the sugar trains making their way to the sugar mill. And if you want to have a closer view, there are guided tours to the Mossman Sugar Mill, one of the most technologically advanced mills in the country.

It was George Dalrymple who named the town in 1873 after the mineral explorer Hugh Mosman. It was later changed to Mossman to avoid any confusion with the suburb in Sydney.

Remember that services are limited in this part of the country. Once you leave Mossman, you won't find banks, news agencies, major supermarkets or hardware stores until you reach Cooktown. So stock up in Mossman. But wait! There's still a few points of interest along the way...

Only a few kilometres north of Mossman is Newell Beach. Over recent years, this area has become a popular holiday destination. Visitors will find a range of holiday homes, ranging from affordable to very luxurious. Newell Beach has an impressive sandy beach and a golf course. Further north is the larger community of Wonga Beach, equally beautiful but less visited by tourists. Some days, it is still possible to have Wonga Beach almost entirely to yourself, but you will still find a choice of accommodation.

ATTRACTIONS AND THINGS TO DO - MOSSMAN, NEWELL BEACH AND WONGA BEACH

SHANNONVALE TROPICAL FRUIT WINERY
417 Shannonvale Road, Mossman
Phone (07) 4098 4000
www.shannonvalewine.com.au

No this does not mean they are sweet and sticky!

"Hi folks,

We make wine from Tropical Fruits. We have 6 Dry Table wines and 6 Fortified wines and all of them have won a medal from Grape Wine Judges and no they are not sweet and sticky...the wine will taste of the fruit it is made from.

We grow the fruits, make the wine, bottle and label on site.

So the fruits are picked fully ripe meaning that the wines will taste of fruits and they are single fruit wines, not blends.

Shannonvale's fruit is grown in the organic way so no chemicals are used on the fruit trees.

We are open from 10am to 4.30pm every day but during the wet season we are closed on Wednesdays."
DISCOVERY TOURS AUSTRALIA
Phone 1300 32 10 19
www.discoverytours.com.au

Premium personalised tours in small group comfort!

Discovery Tours Australia is a family owned and operated touring company with over 30 years of touring experience here in beautiful Far Northern Queensland and beyond.

EScape the crowds and immersing yourself in the beauty and vastness of what Australia truly has to offer, with scheduled and private tours for families, groups of friends, individuals and businesses who want to experience Far Northern Queensland or the Northern Territory.

Discovery Tours Australia specialise in small group tours leaving no rocks unturned in this expansive country with exclusive permits to breathtaking locations! We can personalise any charter and offer private tours! Anything from 1/2, Full or Multi Day touring options.

Driver guides are passionate and the best in the business, with an excellent safety record and a proven history with countless happy customers. We supply an experienced Guide to ensure your trip goes smoothly, utilising their bush skills and imparting their wealth of knowledge. As well as being fun and informative, these tours will introduce you to the wonders of indigenous culture, fauna, flora, botany, geology and history of our totally amazing continent.
DOWN UNDER TOURS
Cairns
Phone (07) 4047 9097
www.downundertours.com

A huge selection of Cairns day tours and charter services!

Nestled in mountaintop rainforest splendour just to the west of Cairns, Kuranda has been enchanting visitors for years. Accessible by train, cableway or road, the charming 'Village in the Rainforest' presents a bevy of tropical delights.

From the traditional appeal of the famous Kuranda Markets to the cool sophistication of roadside cafes and restaurants, Kuranda has something to suit everybody.

Soar above the rainforest canopy in your Skyrail Gondola, be initiated into the ancient world of the Tjapukai Aboriginal people, or go back in time on the historic Kuranda Railway.

Step into the colour and excitement of the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and Birdworld, be smitten by the Koalas in Koala Gardens, meander through local art galleries and Aboriginal Artefacts, or simply savour a locally made tropical fruit ice cream.

Down Under Tours offers a large variety of Kuranda Tours catering to every schedule and incorporating the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Kuranda Scenic Railway, Tjapukai Cultural Park and Rainforestation.

OTHER TOURS AND ACTIVITIES

THE BAMA WAY - ABORIGINAL JOURNEYS
From Cairns and Port Douglas to Cooktown & beyond
Phone (07) 4053 7001
The Bama Way is a 2 Day tour which travels along one of Australia's most scenic coastal drives, from Cooya Beach, near Port Douglas, along the Daintree coast through the World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park to Cooktown.

DAINTREE RIVER FISHING AND PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS
Phone (07) 4090 7776 / Fax (07) 4098 6111
Mobile 0427 907 776
Local guide, Dave Patterson, has over 18 years experience fishing and exploring the Daintree River, and specialises in fishing, nature and photographic tours. Small group personalised calm water tours.

DAINTREE BIRDWATCHING TOURS
Phone (07) 4098 7997
Chris Dahlberg, a celebrity in this part of the world, offers birdwatching tours that takes place at dawn and lasts for around two hours.

KUKU YALANJI CULTURAL HABITAT TOUR
18 Cooya Beach Road, Mossman
Phone (07) 4098 3437
Experience Aboriginal lifestyle walking with Kuku Yalanji brothers Linc and Brandon Walker and family as they continue to teach and practice their daily hunting and gathering activities in their unique coastal environment just 10 minutes drive from Port Douglas.

SWEET FARM TOURS
Phone (07) 4098 8134
cocoa and sugarcane experience. Visit a real working farm that grows cocoa and sugarcane.

WONGA BEACH EQUESTRIAN CENTRE
Mossman
Phone (07) 4098 7583 / Fax (07) 4096 7545
Suitable for all levels of riding experience, both adults and for children over 7 years of age. Courtesy pick up is provided from Port Douglas, Mossman & Daintree.

HOOK-A-BARRA
Wonga Beach
Phone (07) 4098 7117
A place for catch and release Barramundi Fishing in Cairns. Also great for birdwatching..

NATURAL SITES

NEWELL BEACH
This 2.5 kilometres long beautiful beach lies only a few kilometres north of thriving Mossman. Newell is located on the shores of the Coral Sea, with magnificent views of the sea and the majestic Great Dividing Range. The beach is a dream; white sand, crystal blue waters and swaying palms are what you always wanted your tropical holidays to be. Newell is also a spectacular spot to see the sunrise

Fishermen will love the beach. There are boatramps to the north of the beach, at Saltwater Creek and on the southern end of Mossman River.

Newell Beach offers a selection of accommodation, but basically is quiet and restful, without noisy hotels. Perfect is you want to escape the hustle and bustle of other less peaceful destinations.

Again, watch out for crocs, they think Newell Beach and the whole area is fantastic as much as we do.

WONGA BEACH
Wonga Beach, located 20 minutes north of Mossman, is an spectacular sandy white beach, the only one in Trinity Bay where you can walk along without seeing any signs or tracks. In fact, it makes for a fantastic beach walk, problably the best beach walk in the area. The views are spectacular, with mountains to the north, Snapper Island to the east and rainforest lines the foreshore. But be aware that it is not unknown to find crocodiles in these waters, especially near the Daintree River mouth. It is not a recommended swimming area!

Birdwatchers will find this area very interesting, with Double-eyed Fig-Parrots and Gould's Bronze-Cuckoos inhabiting the southern end of the beach and Ospreys nesting on the telecom tower on the highway. Bush-stone Curlews and Orange-footed Scrubfowls can be heard in the night along the coast.

Wonga Beach is the place to embark on a BEACH HORSE RIDE. An experience you will find difficult to forget.

WALKS
Manjal Jimalji Trail - this walk is very challenging and suitable only for experienced walkers with above average fitness. Locally known as Devils Thumb, this trail is best attempted during the dry season only. The trailhead is 17km north of Mossman via Miallo and Whyanbeel Roads. Pass the Karnak Playhouse and park beside the road after crossing the cattle grid. From here it's 700 metres on foot, following markers through private farmland to the start at Little Falls Creek.

SPORTS

MOSSMAN GOLF CLUB
Corner Newell Beach and Daintree Road, Newell Beach, Phone (07) 4098 2089
Mossman Golf Club is the most northerly 18 hole golf course on the east coast. The course suited to both the serious and the casual golfer the Mossman Golf Club is the perfect spot to enjoy the game while relaxing in our unique tropics. This Golf Club provides affordable golf for visitors and locals in a friendly, tropical environment. You can also wonder at the tropical vegetation and the native birdlife while enjoying your favoure sport. The course is complete with pro shop, electric carts, restaurant and all the facilities of some other clubs in the region. Visitors are welcome.

For more information about the golf courses in Tropical North Queensland, please visit our GOLFING page.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

DAINTREE MANGROVES WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Mossman to Daintree Road, Wonga
Phone (07) 4098 7272
Look at one of the most comprehensive collections of Australian wildlife, including some of Australia's most distinctive animals. Some Freshwater and Saltwater Crocodiles are also on display. Snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs, a wide variety of animals that will amaze everyone.

DAINTREE THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE
Corner Marlin Drive and Janbal Street, Wonga Beach
Phone (07) 4098 7997
Daintree Massage is located on an ideal habitat to achieve relaxation and quietness of both body and mind. Refresh your body's systems and senses with Swedish relaxation massage, a gentle yet firming body treatment to de-stress and re-energise your health and wellbeing.

KARNAK PLAYHOUSE AND RAINFOREST SANCTUARY
Whyanbeel Road, via Miallo
Phone (07) 4098 8111
CURRENTLY CLOSED
Live a unique experience in the world of entertainment! The Karnak Playhouse and Rainforest Sanctuary is a theatre set in the Daintree rainforest where plays, dance, drama, music and laser performances take place against a background of mountains, lakes and stars.


EVENTS

SOCCER TIME AT CARNIVALE
Three games of soccer a day will be played on the sport grounds at Cassowary Park, in Mossman. Youngsters, women and senior men will have the opportunity to imitate one of those famous footballers and have their share of fame for a few hours. Other entertainment will be available as well as food and drinks.

MOSSMAN HASH HOUSE HARRIERS
This is a hash for the whole family, so get your people together every Monday at 5:30pm for a run and fun.

For more information about these and other festivals in the region, check our TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND EVENTS CALENDAR

ACCOMMODATION - MOSSMAN, NEWELL BEACH AND WONGA BEACH

Your choice of accommodation in Mossman, Newell Beach and Wonga Beach covers the whole spectrum. Newell Beach and Wonga Beach are popular family holiday destinations, and this is evident in the number of holiday homes. There is also a caravan park at Wonga Beach, and a number of wonderful bed and breakfast style homestays in the area. In Mossman, you will find budget motel style accommodation as well as resort accommodation. The young and young at heart may be pleased to find a backpackers hostel in Mossman, but there are holiday homes, bed and breakfasts and caravan parks in Mossman as well. Scroll down or use the buttons on the right to choose your style of holiday accommodation in Mossman, Newell Beach, or Wonga Beach.


HOTELS AND RESORTS

SILKY OAKS LODGE AND HEALING WATERS SPA
Finlayvale Road, Mossman
Phone (07) 4098 1666 or 1300 134 044
At Silky Oaks Lodge there is no effort required to discover the magic of the rainforest. Yet from the comfort of the Lodge there's no sense of 'roughing it'. In fact, the only challenge you're likely to encounter is deciding what to choose from the menu.

EXCHANGE HOTEL
2 Front Street, Mossman
Phone (07) 4098 1410

MOSSMAN HOTEL
Front Street, Mossman
Phone (07) 4098 1417


MOTELS

DEMI-VIEW MOTEL
41 Front Street, Mossman
Phone (07) 4098 1277
All modern ground floor units in a quiet spacious parkland setting.


HOLIDAY HOMES


ABSOLUTE BEACH HOUSE
16 Rankin Street, Newell Beach
Phone (02) 4098 5432 / Tollfree 1800 603 401
website link coming soon

Absolute beachfront luxury north of Port Douglas!

Absolute beach front, absolute luxury, absolute escape into the laid-back pleasures of a tropical lifestyle. Located on the beach, just a few kilometers north of the famous Port Douglas. 'Absolute', your idyllic hideaway, is just the place for honeymooners, family reunions, private getaways, entertaining friends or that much needed break for R&R. You set the pace – a swim in the wet edge saltwater pool; a massage by a visiting therapist; a walk to the shop for a casual 'fish and chips'; an afternoon nap in a beachfront hammock overlooking the Great Barrier Reef, or in air-conditioned comfort – the choice is yours.

Absolute Beach house will accommodate up to 8 guests in unequivocal comfort. It is the ultimate destination for indulgence and relaxation. Once here, you won’t want to leave. Secluded and secure, ‘Absolute’ is a architecturally designed Australian beach house close to Port Douglas on its own beachfront. Contemporary design in perfect harmony with its exotic location.
CORAL SEA ISLAND VIEWS BEACH HOUSE
Wonga Beach
Phone (07) 4098 9101
website link coming soon

Listen to the waves rolling onto the beach below!

This unique 2 storey timber pole home features four large bedrooms on the upper level, all opening onto large spacious verandas. There are 2 large Bathrooms, and separate Toilets. All linen is supplied.

There is a large functional kitchen equipped with all saucepans, frypans, electric frypan, microwave oven, slow cookers, utility knives, juicer, fine china, glassware and cutlery. For your pleasure there is a 72” wall mounted TV ,DVD stereo system. The house is fully air conditioned and all rooms have Ceiling Fans and open onto and are surrounded by large Verandas with magnificent uninterrupted views over Wonga and the Coral Sea.

Upon arrival you will be welcomed by your host and you will find an intriguing Hamper featuring our local Wines, Beers, Fruits & Jam. We also supply lots of tour brochures and Maps and we offer a full tour booking service for your convenience including unique discounts and free passes for the Ferry over the Daintree River.
DAINTREE BEACH HOUSE
44 The Esplanade, Wonga Beach
Phone (02) 4098 7116 / Mobile 0413 120 405
website link coming soon

Large open kitchen, lounge, game area, foyer and verandah allow views to the pool and beyond to the lush green and blue vista of the Coral Sea. With four bedrooms allowing bed configuration for three couples and two singles or two couples and four singles this house never feels crowded. Two modern bathrooms have been designed for the easy use for families with children or for a romantic getaway.

HASTA MANANA
Phone (07) 4091 6688 / Fax (07) 4091 6677
Hasta Manana is just steps away from beautiful Wonga Beach and a short distance from all the other wonders and adventure in this tropical paradise. The house is a modern villa with an open plan living area, stylish, gracious and a private haven in this tropical wonderland.

SHAMBHALA RAINFOREST RETREAT
Whyanbeel Valley
Phone (07) 4099 1799 / Fax (07) 4098 5099
Mobile 0413 120 405
Shambhala comprises three pavilions. Enter and you are in the first pavilion which houses the main bedroom, study, laundry and car port. The second pavilion is a deliciously open lounge with a wide verandah, a superb kitchen and a media room. The third pavilion houses two guestrooms with ensuites.

TO THE BEACH... ON NEWELL
Finlayvale Road, Mossman
Phone (02) 9417 4707 / Fax (02) 9417 1075
Mobile 0413 120 405
Elegantly furnished for comfort, To the Beach…on Newell accommodates 8 in four bedrooms, with spacious rooms overlooking verdant gardens and pool and the glorious panorama of Newell Beach and the Coral Sea.


HOLIDAY APARTMENTS

DAINTREE SANDS
Wonga Beach
Phone (03) 9646 6377 / Fax (03) 9646 6275
Daintree Sands is beach front holiday accommodation at Wonga Beach. It comprises two holiday units either of which can accommodate up to four people in each. The design is perfect for bookings of up to 8 as there is internal access available between units.


BED AND BREAKFASTS

DAINTREE MANGROVES WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Mossman to Daintree Road, Wonga Beach
Phone (07) 4098 7272
Great value B&B for visitors interested in wildlife because you are right there, no matter the season, no matter the weather. Awake to the view of World Heritage Daintree Rainforest on one side and the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef Marine Park on the other.

MANTA RAY BED AND BREAKFAST
23 Coulthard Close, Newell Beach
Phone (07) 4098 1261 / Fax (07) 4098 1254
The B&B environment is Bali-inspired and the accommodation is situated within a tropical garden compound. The two pavilion bedrooms are in a separate wing with individual entrances from a shady verandah and feature marble floors, high bamboo lined ceilings, fans and air-conditioning.

MOSSMAN GORGE BED AND BREAKFAST
Lot 15 Gorge View Cres, Mossman
Phone (07) 4098 2497
Mossman Gorge Bed and Breakfast is a modern timber tree top home with swimming pool and stunning views, located minutes away from Mossman Gorge. At this bed and breakfast you can choose between double rooms or deluxe rooms. Breakfast is served on the main verandah each morning.

MARAE B&B
(l5km north of Port Douglas)
Phone (07) 4098 4900 / Fax (07) 4098 4099
Mobile 0418 960 888
You can choose a private cabana style King Room, close to the pool, or there is a King Room and a Double Room, within the house. The rooms have large windows and views over the valley and garden.

SEA CHANGE B&B
130 Marine Pde, Newell Beach
Phone / Fax (07) 4098 2790
Sea Change Bed & Breakfast accommodation is a spacious, relaxed tropical Mediterranean beach house with delightful ocean and mountain views and with ample indoor and outdoor areas to relax.


CARAVAN PARKS AND CAMPGROUNDS

NEWELL BEACH CARAVAN PARK
44 Marine Parade, Newell Beach, Mossman
Phone / Fax (07) 4098 1331
Newell Beach Caravan Park offers 30 shaded powered sites, most having a concrete block, as well as five fully self-contained air-conditioned units with linen provided per double, two overnite vans and salt-water swimming pool.

WONGA BEACH CARAVAN PARK
The Esplanade, Wonga Beach
Phone (07) 4098 7514 / Fax (07) 4098 7704
The caravan park features an amenity block, campers kitchen, laundry and happy hour from 5:00pm.

MOSSMAN GORGE NATIONAL PARK CAMPING
(permit required)
Mossman Gorge National Park, Mossman
Phone (07) 4098 2188

PINNACLE VILLAGE HOLIDAY CARAVAN PARK
Vixies Road, Wonga Beach, Mossman
Phone (07) 4098 7566 / Fax (07) 4098 7813
Located in 30 acres of land, close to beautiful and secluded Wonga Beach, Pinnacle Village Holiday Caravan Park offers camping and powered sites, self-contained villas and ensuite units.

MOSSMAN RIVERSIDE LEISURE PARK
Corner Foxton Avenue and Park Street, Mossman
Phone (07) 4098 2627 / Fax (07) 4098 1922
Mossman Riverside Leisure Park offers a great family atmosphere in the heart of all far norths attractions! The park offers cabins, powered & unpowered sites, exlarge sites, camp kitchen and an olympic size swimming pool.