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.
Take a relaxing walk along our rainforest tracks from 7am to 6pm (Gold Coin donation appreciated).
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve building renewal has commenced and a temporary Education Centre has been established to welcome visitors to the site.
The rainforest walks, Glasshouse Mountain viewing area, picnic and barbecue areas
and the public toilets are all accessible to the public. There may be some minor changes to
access to these areas, which will be noted through directional signage on site.
The Cafe is currently closed so please bring a picnic and enjoy the surrounds. A mobile coffee van offering drinks and refreshments will be located at the Mountain View frontage to the reserve for the duration of the construction period.
To learn more about the building renewal project log on to
There are many ways that you can still
enjoy and treasure Mary Cairncross
Reserve during your visit
Rainforest canopy spiral
- 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.
- 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
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.