With the development of the Mossman Gorge Centre, a World Heritage listed rainforest environment will be protected and Indigenous jobs and training opportunities created as part of the world class eco-tourism visitor and interpretive centre at the entrance to the iconic Mossman Gorge north of Cairns.
The Mossman Gorge Centre is the central hub for all things Mossman Gorge and is staffed by local residents with a breadth of knowledge on the area. At the Centre you will find several official welcome to country areas, a contemporary café serving breakfast and Lunch with Indigenous bush food enspired cuisine, Award winning modern Art gallery, Authentic Local Yalanji gift shop and friendly tour desk and Eco shuttleservice to the National Park.
A "must do" for every visitor to Mossman Gorge are the Ngadiku Dreamtime Walks, conducted by the local Yalanji Indigenous Staff. Ngadiku (Nar-di-gul) means stories and legends from a long time ago in local Kuku Yalanji language. The walks take visitors on a journey along private, gentle tracks, visiting special places and culturally significant sites, past traditional bark shelters and over meandering cool rainforest streams.
You are welcomed with a traditional ‘smoking’ ceremony that cleanses and wards off bad spirits. The walk then meanders through stunning rainforest and takes in traditional huts or humpies. Your experienced interpretive Indigenous guide demonstrates traditional plant use, identify bush food sources and provide an enchanting narrative of the rainforest and their special relationship with this unique tropical environment. Your guide demonstrates traditions like making bush soaps and ochre painting. At the end of the tour enjoy traditional bush tea and damper.