Mossman Gorge, Australia

Nestled in the southern part of the Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge has definitely earned its stripes in the World Heritage list since it’s managed to survive an impressive 135+ million years – and it shows. It’s evident in the sheer scale of some of the trees.

It’s a beautiful bush walk, and we took the opportunity to explore and discover some of the local wildlife that inhabit the area. The setting is not too dissimilar to the New Zealand North Island terrain, the one main difference is that Australia has the most deadliest snakes and spiders in the world…

At one point, we did decide to ‘spice’ things up by proactively searching for snakes. We thought we spotted one in a small dark cave and the curious bunch that we are, naturally we wanted to have a look. The only light source we had at the time was our camera flash… Not quite sure what possessed us, but yes, we used it with much enthusiasm. Had it been a snake then we would have undoubtedly pissed it off and would have had to run like a bat out of hell. This clearly shows that we don’t have snakes in New Zealand…

We did come across interesting bugs and creepy crawlies, plus some jumping fish but that was pretty much the extent of it.

Date Travelled: January 2007

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