Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny

(4.6/5 based on 500 reviews on the web)
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. Before you head to Maleny, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Maleny itinerary builder, to make sure you see all that Maleny has to offer, including Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.
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  • In my opinion, this is a must see if you are in the Maleny area. Just a short drive from the township you will enter a beautiful reserve with lots of activities for both adults and children. Parking i...  more »
  • Loved our visit to Mary Cairncross Reserve! The nature walk is beautiful and the forest is full of wild wallabies hopping about! Adorable! Across the road, there is also an unbelievable view of the Gl...  more »
  • Visited Thursday 2nd March. Well worth the wait for the opening of the new visitor centre. The view of the Glass House Mountains is great from the new deck. Allow extra time to go for a walk in the ra...  more »
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  • What a wonderful view on the Glasshouse Mountains. I might be lucky enough to meet a local artist, panting amazingly beautiful pictures of the mountains. Great place to visit for a peaceful rainforest walk, or hang out around the large play area and BBQs. Kids love it.
  • One of our favorite places to visit. It's a beautiful rainforest oasis full of wildlife. I love to go there early in the mornings. It has a great information center with friendly volunteer staff and a great lookout to the Glasshouse Mountains. Lots of BBQ and a play ground for the kids.
  • Small reserve with Pademelons (look like small wallabies), fruitbat colony and picnic area. The educational center is nice with friendly staff. Good place for a picnic (barbecues present) and a small walk (2 km). Not spectacular but a nice place to visit and have a sausage-sizzle
  • We're visiting Mary Cairncross on a regular basis, for a walk through the rainforest Park, to have a weekend out. A bit unhappy with the recent developments of a commercial venue that will change the previously familiar feel.
  • Nice place for a bbq, plenty picnic tables and good playground for the kids. Easy drive from brisbane.