Mossman Gorge Adventure Day with River Drift Snorkelling

This full day immersion into the Daintree Rainforest includes River Drift Snorkelling tour, lunch, a traditional Kuku Yalanji smoking ceremony, & a 1 hr 30 min interpretive rainforest walk.
Port Douglas, Australia
8 hrs
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
9.00 am to 5.00 pm
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
3 years
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
What's Included

  • Get up to $20 cash back per person when you book with us
  • Journey down the Daintree River with a combination of swimming, snorkelling, river sled floating, & rainforest walks
  • Use of all required adventure equipment including wetsuit, boots, snorkel, mask,  river sled, life jacket (when required)
  • A delicious lunch to replenish your energy
  • A traditional Kuku Yalanji smoking ceremony at the Mossman Gorge 
  • A 1 hr 30 min guided and interpretive Dreamtime walk through this magnificent rainforest
  • Small groups only to maximise your enjoyment & ensure you  can hear your guide
  • Return transfers from Port Douglas & Mossman (Palm Cove & Cairns pickups are available for an extra $25)

Where we Visit:

  • Daintree National Park
  • Mossman River
  • Mossman Gorge
What to Expect

This is a Daintree adventure not to be missed! Enjoy a full day immersed in the magnificent beauty and rich history of the Daintree National Park. The Daintree Rainforest is the oldest rainforest in the world, at an estimated 180 million years old –  that's even older than the Amazon! It's also Australia's largest rainforest and has a diverse landscape filled with flowing streams, waterfalls, gorges, and an incredible ensemble offlora and fauna. Plus, it boasts a rich Indigenous history, with The Kukuk Yalangi people the traditional custodians of the land. 


Your adventure starts at a secret location on the Mossman River for a one of a kind Mossman River Drift Snorkelling tour. This exciting and unique water adventure along the Mossman River is the perfect experience for water and nature lovers. You'll journey down the river with a combination of swimming, snorkelling, floating and walking. It's an amazing eco-immersion adventure that’s different every time!


Step into the cool, crystal-clear water and drift with the current as you discover life under the water’s surface. As you explore one of the cleanest rivers in Australia, keep an eye out for some of the friendly inhabitants, including over 30 species of fish, turtles, water dragons, colourfulbirds, electric blue butterflies, and even the elusive platypus!


After a delicious lunch to refuel, enjoy a traditional Kuku Yalanji smoking ceremony at the Mossman Gorge; you’ll be cleansed of bad spirits and have traditional rainforest body paint applied. 


Then you'll join a 1 hr 30 min guided Dreamtime walk through the forest. Surrounded by lush green rainforest, your guide takes you through some of the most stunning parts of the Daintree National Park. As you explore Mossman Gorge, stand in awe beneath the giant strangler figs while your guide teaches you all about their unique life-cycle. Plus, keep on the lookout for the Boyd’s Forest Dragon. Learn about these wonderful creatures found nowhere else on earth! You'll leave with a deeper understanding of this breath-taking rainforest.

Frequently Asked Questions

To enjoy this active rainforest experience, all participants require a reasonable level of fitness, and a high level of mobility.


River Snorkelling requirements:

  • All participants are required to complete a medical questionnaire and liability release form
  • Not suitable if you have limited mobility or injuries e.g: difficulty walking, injured or limited movement of knees, ankle, shoulder etc
  • Not suitable for anyone who is pregnant due to risk of falling on the stomach, sudden jarring movements and impacts
  • Max recommended weight limit is 125kg/274lb, due to limitations of our equipment & our guides ability to safely rescue you in an emergency.
  • A good level of fitness and mobility is required if you are near or over this weight


When the river level is low (most of the year), this activity is generally suitable for all ages (3+) 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.


While conditions do vary, all participants associated with this booking should be able to:

  • 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 tree roots to exit the 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


If you have any concerns about your suitability, please contact us before booking. Refunds are not guaranteed if you are deemed unsuitable to participate on the day of the tour.

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  • Swimmers to wear under your wetsuit
  • Towel & comfortable footwear
  • Waterproof camera
  • Prescription glasses with case
  • Shoes suitable for walking up to 3.5km/2mi on uneven terrain (may get wet)
  • Shorts or pants
  • Small backpack
  • Hat & Sunglasses
  • Money for souvenirs
  • Any personal medication
  • Leave all other valuables and loose jewellery at your accommodation
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We don’t swim with crocs!

You should always be Croc-wise in Croc country; that is why you can rest assured that our tour operates in a very safe, Croc-Free stretch of water.

Crocodiles use the water, sun and shade to maintain their preferred body temperature of 30–33°C. Where we swim is too clear, too cold at 16-22°C, and too shaded for crocodiles. The cool water is one reason we provide you with a very fashionable wetsuit to use during your tour.

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Yes, the rainforest loves the rain! For your comfort, we also have umbrellas for you to use during the tour; If heavy rain is forecast, it’s best to bring a change of clothes.

River Drift Snorkelling may be affected by heavy rainfall. If we are unable to safely use the river, we will offer an alternative wet weather itinerary (still plenty of rainforest to explore). However, If you wish to cancel prior to start of tour, we will provide a full refund.

The tour will only be cancelled in extreme conditions: when it is unsafe to be outside.

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Yes! The crystal-clear water in the Mossman River is perfect for enjoying a refreshing swim.

All of our guides are trained in river safety and will assess if the main river is safe to use on the day. If you have concerns about your ability to swim, please talk to our guide before entering the water.

If the Main swimming area is not suitable, there is an impressive waterhole along the walking trail we can use.

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Sorry, due to the nature of the tour, there are no suitable areas to sit and watch.

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The water temperature varies between 16-22C (60-71F) year round. We provide an extra thermal layer during winter, gloves are also available to use.

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The great thing about the Mossman Gorge is how accessible it is. Along the trail, there are some steps and small obstacles; with most of the walk on fairly flat ground. The walk crosses a suspension bridge that boasts spectacular views of Mossman River and the unique flora and fauna of the Daintree Rainforest. With up to 3km of boardwalks and paths, we take our time, as we learn about this ancient landscape; usually spending 1.5-2 hours to get through.

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All guests are required to complete a medical declaration form & sign our liability waiver to participate in this tour.

Assumption of risks

Your safety is our number one priority. However, there will always be risks involved with participating in recreational activities. By signing our liability waiver, you acknowledge that there are numerous risks you may face during your involvement in the activities.

Medical declaration

For safety reasons, some medical conditions, disabilities or impairments may exclude participants from our River Drift Snorkelling tour.

You understand that this activity requires physical exertion and it is your responsibility to make sure you’re healthy enough to participate.

Any serious medical condition or history may disallow you from participating in the tour.

If you have any concerns about your suitability, please contact us before booking.

Refunds are not guaranteed if you are deemed unsuitable to participate on the day of the tour.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • The minimum age is 3 years when the water levels are low and calm, and 15 years when the water levels are higher and flowing faster
  • Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, and all children 3-8 are required to wear a PFD/life jacket (provided)
  • As this tour is weather dependent, it may be cancelled in conditions of heavy rainfall or extreme weather. If this occurs, an alternative date will be offered, or you will be refunded in full
  • To enjoy this active rainforest experience, guests require a reasonable level of fitness & good mobility. This tour is not suitable for pregnant women or people with limited mobility or an injury
  • The maximum recommended weight limit is 125kg/274lb, due to limitations of our equipment
  • All participants are required to complete a medical questionnaire and liability release form

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellations outside of 72 hours from departure — no charge
  • Cancellations within 48-72 hours before departure — 50% charge
  • Cancellations less than 48 hours before departure, or no show — 100% cancellation fee applies
  • Date changes are free of charge but must be received by email or phone, 48 hours prior to tour departure
  • All changes are subject to availability and made at the discretion of the operator
  • Rain can influence the safety and overall enjoyment of this tour. If we cancel a trip any monies will be refunded in full

Pickup Locations
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