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 which overlooks the Glasshouse Mountains and is included on the National Estate Archive. A remnant of the rainforests that once covered the Blackall Range, the Reserve is a living museum of diverse plant and animal life which promises to 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 (a Gold Coin donation is appreciated) have a picnic or barbeque, or relax at the Café.
Building Renewal Proposal for the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Sunshine Coast Council and the Reserve's community-based committee are seeking to renew the main buildings at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, to meet the functional and safety needs of our one hundred volunteers, guides, researchers and on-site staff. The renewal project also provides an opportunity to improve the experience of our many visitors, while ensuring we maintain the Reserve's charming setting and protect its majestic rainforest.
To learn more about the project see our New and Events section >
Rainforest Track Now Open. The Rainforest Track re-opened on the 10th May 2013, following track repairs.
There are many ways that you can enjoy and treasure Mary Cairncross Reserve
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve is committed to the conservation and enhancement of the natural habitat of the area, and to the provision of 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.