The other day I went to Mossman Gorge. It’s a stunning rain forest landscape about 80 km north of Cairns. I decided to take this vertical panorama.
Mossman Gorge is a good example of rain forest in the wet tropics. Mossman Gorge can experience some of the wettest conditions in the whole of Australia. We had gone during the winter so conditions were relatively dry.
Around 500 species of native plants reside in Mossman Gorge. There is a jungle walk way. You can pass through the jungle half way up in the trees! A beautiful river flows through the Gorge. It is home to a variety of fish including jungle perch.
I also saw the biggest spider in my life. It was a type of orb weaver (a photo of this in a future post!).
The whole place reminded me very much of a rain forest out of a geography text book. You could easily see various features. These included the following:
- Jungle Canopy
- Buttress Roots
- Drip Tips
- Waxy surfaces to leaves
- Leaf litter
The rain forests found in the wet tropics of Queensland have the highest number of endemic primitive flowering plant species in the world. It is possible to see the rare Cassowary in the forest. However we didn’t see one during our stay.