One of the major problems that faced the Mossman Gorge area before the development of the Mossman Gorge Cultural Centre was the high amount of tourist traffic that would use the roads leading into the Gorge. With the area part of the World Heritage Listed Daintree Rainforest, it is vital that every effort is made to ensure the protection of this beautiful landmark for future generations.
The low-emission shuttle bus service operated from the Centre is one of the crucial steps taken to ensure sustainability. The bus service transports visitors safely into the heart of Mossman Gorge for a small fee and visitors can park their car in one of the many spots available at the Centre.
Mossman Gorge Cultural Centre has won the prestigious 2018 Qantas Award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism in the Queensland Tourism Awards.
The Qantas Award for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Tourism recognises tourism operations that demonstrate authenticity and cultivate a greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, history and traditions. Mossman Gorge Cultural Centre has now been the Gold award winner in this category three times: in 2018, 2016 and 2014.
Artwork Behind the Mossman Gorge Cultural Centre Logo
Hunting for Mussel (Mukirr Manil), Cameron Buchanan, 2019
In August 2022, Mossman Gorge Centre celebrated 10 years of operation at the entrance of the Daintree Rainforest. To commemorate the anniversary, the Centre was renamed "Mossman Gorge Cultural Centre" to reflect and acknowledge the role the centre plays in educating Indigenous culture. A new logo accompanied the name change, featuring artwork by Cameron Buchanan, a local Yalanji artist and Mossman Gorge Tour Guide.
The artwork is a collection of meeting points, connected by paths and is symbolic of the Kuku Yalanji culture connecting across country. The meeting points also reflect the region's mountain range, Manjal Dimbi, which roughly translated means "mountain holding back". According to Aboriginal dreamtime stories, the large humanoid rock represents Kubirri, who came to the aid of the Kuku Yalanji, when they were persecuted by the evil spirit, Wurrumbu.
© Cameron Buchanan, Hunting for Mussel, 2019