Mossman Gorge Adventure Day with River Drift Experience

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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 Mossman Gorge Welcome ceremony

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What you can expect

Embark on a Rainforest River Drift adventure in a blissful oasis only 20 minutes north of Port Douglas. This unique nature based tour seamlessly combines invigorating hiking with serene river floating amidst the lush rainforest along the Mossman River. Commence your journey with an enriching walk upstream on a granite sand riverbed, accompanied by the soothing ambiance of the rainforest canopy, while towing your lightweight river sled. Delve into the captivating history and ecological importance of the Mossman River, enjoying revitalising swims in crystalline waters and immersing yourself in the breathtaking natural surroundings. The adventure takes an exhilarating turn as you board your river sled for a downstream floating experience. Navigate through a concealed creek, seamlessly merging onto the main Mossman River, where the gentle sounds of flowing water accompany you along its winding path. This tour seamlessly blends active exploration with tranquil floating, providing an ideal way to cool off and reconnect with nature, all within a short distance from Port Douglas. To be apart of the action, book your spot on this tour here!


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
  • Cairns and Northern Beaches transfers - available for an additional $70 adult and $50 child and 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 9am and returns at approximately 4.40pm
  • Tour departs Mossman at 9.20am and returns at approximately 4.20pm
  • Please allow approximately 9 hrs
Hotel Pickup
  • Pick ups available from Port Douglas and Mossman accommodation
  • Cairns & Palm Cove transfers are available for an additional $70 adult and $50 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
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Any personal medication
Additional Information
  • 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+), and swimming abilities
  • When the river level is higher, the faster flowing water is only suitable for strong swimming adults (15+) with good fitness and mobility
  • Minimum age of participation is 4yrs and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Children aged 4-8yrs must wear a PFD
  • Child seats are available free of charge
  • Tour is not recommended 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 up to 3XL
  • To fit into the provided wetsuit, participants must not be more than 6 feet 6 inches tall and weigh no more than 125kg/275lb
  • Maximum shoe size US 13
  • Please wear swimwear under clothing as there are no change rooms at the river
  • Please leave all valuables and loose fitting clothing at accommodation
Terms And Conditions
  • Guests require a reasonable level of fitness and good mobility
  • While conditions do vary, all participants associated with this booking should be able to:__
  • Swim or doggy-paddle
  • Walk without having to stop or sit down to rest for up to 20 minutes
  • Lay on your stomach and paddle for extended periods
  • Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs without stopping
  • Swim/dog paddle 15m without stopping
  • 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
  • You are entitled to a full refund only if a minimum of 72 hours notice is given before the scheduled departure. For cancellations 48-72 hours prior to departure, a 50% charge will be applied. No refund given for cancellations within 48 hours of tour departure.
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 5 months ago

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$265.00 AUD
or 4 x $66.25 with more info
Free cancellation up to 72 hours prior to experience
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