Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny

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Explore 55 hectares (136 acres) of subtropical rainforest at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Learn about the history of the rainforest on a walk with a volunteer guide, marvel at towering Australian red cedars, and spot wildlife such as kangaroos, wallabies, frogs, and crayfish. Keep your eyes peeled and camera ready for the various colorful bird species that call the reserve home. You might want to visit the Mary Cairncross Cafe before touring the reserve. It opens at 8:30 am for breakfast, and the purple hue of the Glasshouse Mountains and mist surrounding them makes for a prime photo opportunity. The view is remarkable, though, at any time of the day. Using our online itinerary creator, Maleny attractions like Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We have been regular visitors to Mary Caincross reserve for many years and it remains one of our most popular spots to visit particularly with overseas guests. Recently the visitor centre has had a ma...  more »
  • The moment you walk into the forest you relax, the scenery is majestic and wildlife abundant a truly restful place,. The Discovery centre and new building is magnificent with fantastic volunteers  more »
  • Added this to our list of things to do for a staff retreat. Was one of the highlights. Entry has amazing view and coffee shop right at front entrance. Rainforest was about an hours walk and part of wa...  more »
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  • Lovely spot. The new education centre is fantastic. The walks are nice. And a really nice view of the glasshouse mountains. Great playground and open grassy area.
  • Awesome place. Been there three times now. Wild life seem pretty placid and used to people walking through though, though you still need to walk and talk quitley to make the most of it. Don't listen to the staff in the Cafe, you cannot take their drinks on the walk.
  • A MUST see on the Sunshine Coast. The views of the Glasshouse Mountains are spectacular. Then there is the extraordinary walk in the rain forest. Finish up with a great cafe, and beautiful grounds to have a BBQ, picnic, kick a ball around. Great day out.
  • This is a pretty place. Great conservation. The picnic area has BBQs and tables under covered roofs. Toilets and small play area. There are walks of various lengths and an education centre. There is also a cafe. Across the road is a spectacular view of the Glass House Mountains.
  • Beautiful untouched forest. Huge strangler fig trees tangled in a web of vines. Forest echoing to the bizarre call if the cat bird. Tress hanging with fruit bats. Tiny marsupials called Paddy Melons.

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