Daintree National Park – A welcome ceremony and swim in Mossman Gorge

Just managing to get the bus, with the guide having to swing round to re-pick me up due to also having to checkout in the morning an there being que and it being an early start of 7am. The Irish lads, Arron and Karl are also on the same tour so it’s nice to know some people already who are good fun too.

The drive up to the first stop MOSSMAN GORGE isn’t too far and we do a mini stop at a look out point, which is a nice view. At the gorge we pick up our pre ordered breakfast and get an into to the park, with an aboriginal “Welcome to Country” smoke ceremony where we all have to walk or dance around the fire to fan it as this is meant to also cleanse us of any evil spirits. The traditional owners are Kuku Yalanji people We are shown some of the plants and tools the indigenous people used to make from the rainforest and use, such as a wooden board that helped carry babies, food or could be a shield. We are shown how they made body paints all different colours, which is very impressive and we get a chance to do some war marks on our face and arms. He also tells us a few aboriginal sayings and words, all a bit tricky to say but interesting words.

After the welcome ceremony, everyone is super hot and desperate to jump into the cold water of the gorge and it feels so refreshing when we do. The gorge is carved out by the cold mountain waters of the Mossman River, which has rapids through large granite boulders, bordered by super green rainforest. x. There’s the opportunity for you to enjoy a refreshing swim in the cascading waters.has a mini rapid running down it and we all try to get to the start, but heading in the middle the current is far too strong and you feel more like you are swimming backwards! Karl sussed out a way to get up pretty quickly, so he shows us the route to go which is along the rocks on the far left to pull yourself along to a point where you can climb and jump far enough into the water to be able to able to swim over the rapid to a rock. From here you can then swim up to the top to either climb the rocks and go to a small pool behind the falls or swim across to the start where you basically get fired across super fast and is really fun! We do this a few times until we have to leave and it actually starts getting a bit cold. We also start getting a monsoon shower and it feels very tropical with the water being so ht, reminding me of being in a rainforest shower in centre parks or somewhere like that. We manage to get to the bus stop semi dry, but for the rest of the day remains to be a pretty damp day never fully managing to dry out. The real experience of being in a rainforest when it rains!

7th March 2016

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