The best part of our trip to the Far North

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

Who said indige­nous cul­tural tourism is los­ing its ap­peal (Cairns Post, Jan­uary 19)? The award-win­ning Moss­man Gorge Cen­tre hosts around half a mil­lion vis­i­tors a year, and the num­ber is not de­clin­ing. Peo­ple like the Ho­gan fam­ily, who were in­spired to write the fol­low­ing thank you let­ters to Roy Gib­son and the Gorge Cen­tre af­ter their visit re­cently. Dear Roy Thank you for invit­ing us to Moss­man Gorge and telling us about all your sto­ries. My favourite was your dream for Moss­man Gorge be­cause it was about how you made it, even though it took a long time.

I walked to the wa­ter­ing hole along the board­walk and then we walked in the trees on the way back. I was hug­ging the trees and it made me feel happy be­cause it felt nice to me. Thank you and it was lovely to meet you


Dear Roy Yes­ter­day we vis­ited Moss­man Gorge and I was in­ter­ested in your story about how the Cen­tre was a dream of yours for more than 20 years. It was in­spir­ing and I shared your story with my 6 year old son Oliver and daugh­ter Ruby (3).

Oliver was fas­ci­nated by your story and de­cided to go into the shop to ask if you worked there. We met Rose and she showed Oliver a paint­ing of you and we talked about the Gorge and the Cen­tre and what a mag­i­cal and beau­ti­ful place it was.

Rose tried to con­tact you to see if you were re­turn­ing to the Cen­tre for a quick hello. This wasn’t pos­si­ble and Rose of­fered to call us the fol­low­ing morn­ing to see if it would be pos­si­ble to meet you.

We re­turned to Port Dou­glas with warm hearts and two pairs of clap­ping sticks that the kids had pur­chased with their own money. The fol­low­ing morn­ing at break­fast we had a call from Rose ex­plain­ing that you would be able to meet Oliver that morn­ing.

I can’t ex­plain how de­lighted we all were to meet you and hear your sto­ries. We could have sat there for days lis­ten­ing to you speak and I walked away on a cloud. Oliver has been show­ing his ‘au­to­graphed’ bot­tle to ev­ery­one he meets and telling them that he met you.

Thank you so very much for the priv­i­lege of meet­ing you and talk­ing with us. It has made our hol­i­day a very spe­cial one and some­thing we won’t ever for­get.

Thank you also to Rose, who lis­tened to a small boy and took the time to talk with him and cre­ate a meet­ing that will be for­ever trea­sured. We are truly grate­ful.

With much love

Oliver with Roy Gib­son

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