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WONGA BEACH WALK has a beautiful lush back drop of huge Calophyllum trees interspersed with Coconut palms. In 1770 Captain Cook named the continental Island Snapper Island and the near-by coral cays Low Isles. A 30 mile light house was installed on the smaller cay in 1898. Looking south from Wonga Beach you can see Island Point which shelters the harbour entrance of Port Douglas.
The two mountain ranges and Wonga Beach form the boundaries of the triangular Daintree Valley and could rightfully earn Wonga Beach the title Daintree Beach. The Daintree River, Wonga Beach and the beach end of Alexandra Range form a natural funnel when the prevailing south-east trade winds are taken into account and explain why there are so many different species of mangroves in the Daintree. Mangrove seeds float and are taken along the surface of the water by wind and currents. They collect in the Daintree River estuary and along Wonga Beach because of this natural funnel effect.  Beachcombing along Wonga has it's rewards with these seeds and other flotsam which includes pumice originating in the subterranean volcanoes of the Pacific Ocean. Behind the coastal vegetation is an extra-ordinary array of architecture. From the quaint owner built holiday and fishing shacks of the 1930's to the newer multi million dollar homes.
MOSSMAN  GORGE Is the closest Daintree National Park walk to Port Douglas. It is in Mossman on the way to Daintree Village and Cape Tribulation, turn left at the first street after Woolworths, which is "Johnston Street"  and follow it to the Mossman Gorge Visitors Centre where you can park. There is a shuttle bus ($6 Ad, $3 Ch, $15 2A+2C) to take you to the old carpark at the Gorge or you can walk.
When you get there, there is a short walk along the Mossman River where there are picnic tables and toilets.
(A lot of people swim from here and the water is cold.  In the wet season it is dangerous to swim here because the current is too strong and you could get washed away.)
There is short loop track with interpretive signage and some good lookouts over the gorge itself.
There is a real rainforest walk after the bridge and a stunning lookout just a short way into the trip. It would be hard not to have some sort of spiritual experience as you look out from Manjal Dimbi Lookout. To do the loop takes about an hour and it is wise to stay on the main track.
You will encounter the Australian Brush Turkey on the way around.
This is not a real turkey, it is a megapod and is the rainforest gardener. You will hear some of the rainforest birds but they will be difficult to see. Listen out for the tenor voice of the Wompoo Fruit-Dove (Wallock-A-Woo) and the scratchy call of the Spotted Catbird.