When it comes to the tropical north, no one has greater love for the land than Diane Cilento - actress, philosopher, great Queenslander and mistress-founder of the Karnak Playhouse and Rainforest Sanctuary just north of Mossman…[I] I am deeply in love with Far North Queensland - this most excessive part of tropical Australia. The density of colour, smell, animal life; the sheer drama of rainforest meeting sea - all satisfy the theatricality of my nature. I love also the contrast of the solitude of wide, white beaches stretching into infinity, their symmetry broken only by black shapes of trees, roots exposed and sunbleached - the work of the marching sands.[/I] The lady says it all and, in many respects, Mossman graphically illustrates her passion. A pretty town, Mossman has its delightful seaside 'suburb' in Wonga Beach and its towering backdrop in Mt Demi, which also stands guard over the stunningly beautiful Mossman Gorge. And Mossman is just a short, scenic drive from the gateway to the true wet tropics, Daintree, and cruises on the crocodile-infested river which wends its way through the rainforest.