Discover the magic of the oldest rainforest in the world!
The idea of a stand-up paddle session on the Mossman River – even with an experienced tour guide – may sound a little crazy, but if you dare take the leap of faith, a whole new world will open up in front of your eyes!
It would be an excellent activity either for groups of friends or for the families with children, so if you are having awesome tropical holidays, but running out of things to do in Port Douglas, then this is one of those things you will be talking about for a good while.
You will paddle upstream on crystal clear waters of the Mossman River under the trees of the oldest rainforest in the world and you will enjoy the absolute tranquillity of this incredibly pure environment.
You can dive – or jump from the rope swings – Into the “healing waters” of the river, you’ll get to taste some of the juiciest fruit that Queensland has to offer and then complete this exquisite experience with a unique natural body scrub, with ochre from the river banks.
You will certainly return refreshed from your exploration.
A place as old as time
The Mossman Gorge is without a doubt the most interesting part of the Mossman River in Far North Queensland.
Located in the Cape York Peninsula, the gorge is in the southern part of Daintree National Park, 80 kilometers north of the town of Cairns and near the cane-farming town of Mossman.
In fact, it was declared a part of Daintree National Park in 1967, as well as part of the traditional homeland of the indigenous Kuku Yalanji people.
It is widely known for its rich flora and fauna: more than 430 bird species have been spotted in the gorge, along with 18 species of reptiles, 12 species of amphibians and numerous species of fish. That is just amazing.
Moreover, five hundred different species of Australian native plants can be found in the tropical rainforests in the area, trees and bushes, as well as numerous species of vines and ferns.
Prepared for the adventure
At first, the guide will give you a short introduction before going onto the river, making it easy even for the absolute beginners. You’ll get to practice your paddling skills.
The water is only about waist deep, beautifully refreshing, ideal for a dive on a hot and sticky day. If you fall off your board into the water, it’ll feel like you just opened up a brand new sense. Days are pretty hot in Far North Queensland, so although shaded by the canopy of the rainforest trees, don’t forget to take a sun hat and sun screen, along with a mosquito repellent.
Those who have done it, loved it, those haven’t, regret it. Check out this awesome video made by one of the adventure seekers.
SUP tour should definitely be on everybody’s bucket list and if it’s not on yours, you’re missing out, so make sure to book yours before the sweet holiday time is over.
But apart from the Mossman River SUP, we also do the morning stand-up paddle sessions on the beautiful Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas or for the real nature enthusiasts, we’ll take you to the Low Isles just of the coast of Port Douglas for an amazing Reef Stand-Up Paddle session.