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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  • Whether wanting a picnic on the lawn under the trees or near the playground, lunch or afternoon tea in the cafe looking out over the mountains or a stroll through the rainforest via one of the many pa...  more »
  • Visiting the area from the UK. Have been to the cafe on previous visits, the last one being two years ago. Looked forward to the little cafe again and the delicious food. Was extremely disappointed to...  more »
  • Had my first wheelchair accessible nature walk it was great. Friendly volunteers lots of diverse wildlife and vegetation  more »
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  • The several other rainforest walks we experienced in the area were good, but none matched the well-signed trails here. Take the time to walk around the full trail, and watch for the wildlife. The view of the Glasshouse mountains are superb too. (Their delicious coffee & sandwich selection is a nice way to regain some calories after the walk!)
  • Really awesome rainforest to explore, longest loop is 2km and very flag and even, so good for all ages. Well sign-posted with interesting trees and explanations, it's very cool and serene. In the visitor centre some amazing views across the glass house mountains, so well worth the detour to check it out!
  • Fantastic rainforest walk. Good cafe and visitors centre. You also get an amazing view of the Glasshouse Mountains from the viewing deck above the cafe. Thoroughly recommend.
  • Lovely food and very pleasant staff. Had a very relaxing Sunday breakfast with beautiful views. No kids breakfast options but fresh cooked muffins did the trick
  • Great education experience for kids. Plenty of things to look at, see and do. Bush walks available. Plenty of parking, less busy then other tourist areas. Gold coin donation for entry.

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