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 .

The Fig Tree loop walking track within Mary Cairncross has now reopened and the Fig tree structure will be asssessed regularly for signs of any further decline.
Please note that work will be undertaken on the toilets at Mary Cairncross until 24 August, public port-a-loos will be located adjoining the toilets during this work.

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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