Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny

Categories: Hiking Trails, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
4.7/5 based on 440+ 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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  • A friend took me here in May and gave me a tour of the place. It's a relatively short hike and there's a fair amount of wildlife to see, plus it wasn't crowded at all. Huge vines, pademelons (small ka...  read more »
  • Lovely little rainforest reserve under threat by Council re-development and growing numbers of visitors 
  • You arrive to a beatiful park with play area, lots of grass and sheltered tables...across the road from a spectacular lookout. You enter the rainforest walk through an information office that has enth...  read more »
  • Nice place for a bbq, plenty picnic tables and good playground for the kids. Easy drive from brisbane.
  • Peaceful rainforest walk with magnificent giant rainforest trees.
  • Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve is a beautiful relaxing rainforest walk. It can get pretty chilly so I suggest a jacket.
  • W wonderful surprise. Well worth a visit. Lovely helpful people. Great walk.
  • Absolutely gorgeous rainforest walk, and it doesn't require a lot of exertion.
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