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 tranquillity and beauty.
The forest and tracks have suffered significant damage during the recent storm events of Ex-tropical cyclone Debbie. For visitor safety the Pademelon Track and Glider Gallery Loop at Mary Cairncross are currently the only accessible tracks.
During this time visitors are still welcome to enjoy an exciting journey through the new Rainforest Discovery Centre at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.
The Cafe is currently closed and the opening date for the new Cafe is yet to be confirmed. In the meantime please bring a picnic and enjoy the surrounds.
Sunshine Coast Young Eco-Documentary Film Competition
Are you wild about film-making? Or do you want to share your passion for the environment with others?
Sunshine Coast Council is calling all young aspiring Sunshine Coast film-makers and environmentalists to submit a short 2 minute documentary-style film featuring the Sunshine Coast's brilliant biodiversity, tell me more >
Shortlisted entries will be showcased through Council's Environmental Visitor Centre at the new Mary Cairncross Rainforest Discovery Centre theatrette. Click to find out more >
Take a relaxing walk along our rainforest tracks from 7am to 6pm (Gold Coin donation appreciated). Entry to the new after hours rainforest track is located on the right at the bike racks in front of the Rainforest Discovery Centre.
Make the most of your visit to the Reserve
- Enjoy our wheelchair accessible Glider Gallery walk through the forest to the second level of the Rainforest Discovery Centre. Families will enjoy a day in the forest on the stroller friendly walking tracks.
- Make the most of our Rainforest Discovery Centre with your school or
community group, all schools and organised groups must pre-book their visit.
- Take a pre-booked guided walk with one of our dedicated volunteer guides -
or join the team!
- Enjoy a picnic or barbeque in the picnic shelters adjoining the playground
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.