|Population||1,721 (2011 census)|
|Elevation||4 m (13 ft)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Douglas|
Mossman is a town in north Queensland, Australia. It is on the Mossman River. There are bout 1700 people living in Mossman. It was first called Mosman; the name was changed because there was a Sydney suburb called Mosman. Mossman is on the Captain Cook Highway, 75 km (47 mi) north of Cairns.
Mossman Gorge, a popular attraction in Daintree National Park, is located west of town. Sugar cane farming is a major crop around Mossman. The Mossman Central Mill is the only sugar mill in the area; turns the cane into sugar.
The Mossman area was served by 2 separate tram systems using 2 foot (610 mm) gauge tracks (width of track). The trams carried passengers and general goods, as well as sugar cane. These tramways were the first transport in the area, proper roads were built much later.
Mossman has 5 primary schools and one high school. Mossman was once part of the old Douglas Shire. It is now part of the Cairns Regional Council. Mossman has a number of sporting clubs such as the Mossman Sharks rugby league club and the Port Douglas Australian Rules Football club. Mossman has the cleanest water in Australia. It is free from chlorine and fluoride and comes straight from the Mossman Gorge.
References[change | change source]
- The Cane Tramways of Mossman Singleton, C.C. Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, March, 1956 pp25-32