A site for tourists and locals alike, Mossman Gorge offers forest walks near cascading creeks and frigid pools for those with the nerve to indulge. In the quiet moments along the trail, it is amazing to see the intertwining of vines and trees of enormous proportions. The huge vines eventually overwhelming a host tree as they strive to reach for daylight. A slow quiet strangulation. Up in the canopy an occasional screech or the slow hoot of a forest pigeon.
Humans are diminished by the scale of things, yet many fruits and seeds of these Goliath species have been used by the past aboriginal populations to survive.
Away from the constant chatter of Portuguese visitors or the crying of children, we could find a few isolated pools.
Though visitors approached one perfect spot with trepidation since a snake skin marked the trail as evidence of a lethal presence nearby. Not the time to beat the bushes or explore the sand bars. Tread softly but carry a big stick.