Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

Come and explore the rainforest

Welcome to the natural jewel of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve comprises 55 hectares of subtropical rainforest, overlooking the Glass House Mountains National Landscape.  A remnant of the rainforests that once covered the Blackall Range, the Reserve is a living museum of diverse plant and animal life which will delight with its tranquility and beauty.

Step back in time in our Rainforests Through Time display, take a relaxing walk along our rainforest tracks from 7am to 6pm (Gold Coin donation appreciated) have a picnic or barbeque, or relax at the Café .

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Building Renewal Concepts
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Strangler Fig at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

There are many ways that you can enjoy and treasure Mary Cairncross Reserve

  • Enjoy our wheelchair and stroller friendly walking tracks on a family day out
  • Make the most of our Ecological Education Centre with your school or community group (all schools and organised groups must pre-book their visit). 
  • Find out about our rainforest's history and meet our resident dinosaur in our Diorama
  • Take a pre-booked guided walk with one of our dedicated volunteers - or join the team!
  • Have a coffee and enjoy unrivalled views over the Glasshouse Mountains in the Mary Cairncross Cafe.

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve is committed to conserving and enhancing the natural habitat of the area, and providing a valued community resource for education, research, recreation and enjoyment.

Please be aware that dogs (except for disability companions) and cats are not permitted anywhere in the Reserve.

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