RAINFOREST ROCKS

Mossman Gorge, Daintree National Park, Queensland, Australia 

I love coming back to the Daintree. There is so much to see and explore. On this occasion, I stood alone watching crystal clear water cascading over large granite boulders in the Mossman River gorge. Surrounded by lush rainforest that cloaks the steep mountainsides from the riverbanks, I contemplated the sheer enormity of time that has shaped this country.

Over millions of years, the Mossman River has carved a steep-sided valley from the upper reaches to the coastal lowlands. Through this valley, crystal-clear water cascades among large granite boulders which have been washed down during times of heavy flood.

Mossman Gorge, in Daintree National Park, is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and is part of the traditional lands of the Eastern Kuku Yalanji people. Much of the Mossman Gorge section of Daintree National Park consists of the rugged, largely inaccessible slopes of the Main Coast Range, and Windsor and Carbine tablelands. It is these steep mountain ranges that trap moisture blown in from the ocean and ensure frequent rainfall, maintaining the rainforest and ultimately feeding the Mossman and Daintree rivers.

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