Mossman Gorge Adventure Day with River Drift Experience

Fitness level moderate
Intensity level low
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Highlights & inclusions

Experience a traditional Kuku Yalanji smoking cermony
Explore the Daintree National park with a guided walk
Gain a deep understanding of the rainforest & history
Explore a secret location on the Mossman River
Search for turtles, water dragons & the elusive platypus
Enjoy a traditional Kuku Yalanji smoking ceremony
Free cancellation up to 48 hours prior to experience

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Fri, Jul 19, 2024

What you can expect

Experience a River Drift adventure along the Mossman River. Start your day with an interpretive walk, navigating upstream through the waters of the beautiful rainforest before setting off on a sturdy river sled, where you’ll experience a calm drift before the thrill of faster currents. Stop for a delicious lunch at the Mossman Gorge Visitor Centre, where you’ll learn about the local Kuku Yalanji people and share their cultural insights, including a welcoming traditional smoking ceremony. Then, enjoy an eco-shuttle ride to Mossman Gorge for a guided 1.5-hour walk through the Daintree National Park, where you’ll get a chance to view the unique flora and fauna. Finally, take a refreshing dip in the gorge itself. Don’t miss a chance to spend an unforgettable day on this river adventure.


What you need to know

  • Back Country Bliss asks for ages of children (if applicable) as a child seat may be required (FOC) and sometimes river conditions may not be suitable for small/young children.
  • Return transfers from Port Douglas/Mossman accommodation
  • River Drift experience
  • Mossman Gorge Welcome Ceremony
  • Free tour photos
  • Lunch and snacks
  • All safety equipment
  • Safety trained river guide
  • Guided rainforest walk
  • Books to use in the river
  • Swimming top (rashie)
  • Cairns and Northern Beaches transfers are available for an additional $80 per adult and $60 per child. Please note this must be arranged directly with the operator.
  • Experience a traditional Kuku Yalanji smoking ceremony
  • Explore the Daintree National park with a guided walk
  • Gain a deep understanding of the rainforest and history
  • Experience a unique blend of hiking and serene river floating in the lush rainforest of the Mossman River
  • Search for turtles, water dragons and the elusive platypus
  • Small group tour - Max 12
  • Lunch & snacks included
  • Giant strangler figs
  • Interpretive rainforest walk
  • Ideal mix of active exploration and relaxed floating
  • Tour departs Port Douglas at 8:40am and returns at approximately 4.40pm
  • Tour departs Mossman at 9.05am and returns at approximately 4.20pm
  • Please allow approximately 9 hours for this experience
Hotel Pickup
  • Cairns & Palm Cove transfers are available for an additional $80 adult and $60 child and must be arranged directly with the operator
  • If self-driving, pick up available from Wildlife Habitat, Port Douglas or Mossman Raintrees Café, Mossman
What To Bring
  • Walking shoes
  • Swimwear/shorts suitable to swim in
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Any personal medication
Additional Information
  • All adults must be able to swim in to participate
  • Small group tour - Max 12 guests
  • When the river level is low (most of the year), our activity is generally suitable for all ages (5+)
  • When the river level is higher, the faster flowing water is only suitable for confident swimmers with reasonable fitness and high mobility
  • Minimum age of participation is 5yrs and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Children aged 5-8yrs must wear a PFD
  • Child seats are available free of charge
  • Tour is not allowed during pregnancy
  • Participants must be able to walk easily over uneven surfaces, through moving water and walk up tree roots to exit
  • Wetsuits are provided in the winter months up to 3XL
  • Maximum recommended weight limit is 120kg/265lb
  • Please wear swimwear at pickup as there are no change rooms at the river
  • Please leave all valuables and loose-fitting jewellery at accommodation
Terms And Conditions
  • While conditions do vary, all participants associated with this booking should be able to:
  • Swim freestyle and be confident in moving water
  • Guests require a reasonable level of fitness and good mobility
  • Walk without having to stop or sit down to rest for up to 20 minutes
  • Lay on your stomach and paddle for extended periods
  • Climb up steps made from tree roots to exit river, equivalent to climbing a 1.5m ladder
  • Easily stand up from a sitting position on the ground, without assistance at least 3 times in a row
Cancellation Policy
  • Change your booking up to 48 hours before the start time of your experience
  • Changes are not permitted within 48 hours of your experience
  • Late arrivals or no-shows may result in you forfeiting your experience
Booking Information
  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Availability is accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control. We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements

Recent reviews

51 review

Excellent experience that I will definitely recommend to all my friend

We did the $265 whole-day tour with both snorkelling and bush walking, and it was absolutely amazing! We have three families of 11 people in total, and Vincent was our guide. This guy is super fun and caring. Another two staff, Jayson and a lady (sorry I forgot her name) took care of us with Vincent when we were in the river. Vincent taught us how to deal with the current and had us practice one by one, and Jayson and that lady cleared the path we would drift through to make sure we wouldn’t bump onto the rocks or logs. During the snorkelling, another family saw the turtle and we saw that kind of fish that clings to the rock. We also had a very peaceful time just lying on the floats slowly washed downstream by the water. During the bushwalking, Vincent showed us the famous deadly Gympie, how one tree is sick and replaced by another one and lots of interesting things. He even brought an iPad and a book to show us Victoria’s Rifle Bird and a type of ancient tree that lived over 130 million years ago. The smoke ceremony was educative. We all paint ourselves on the arms or legs a little bit using the charcoal and the other three aboriginal people’s paints. The lunch was great, and we have water, snacks and cold towels supply. Jayson helped took the photos and sent to us for free. This is an excellent experience that I will definitely recommend to all my friends👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

Brenda Zhang 10 months ago