Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny

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Explore 55 hectares (136 acres) of subtropical rainforest at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Learn about the history of the rainforest on a walk with a volunteer guide, marvel at towering Australian red cedars, and spot wildlife such as kangaroos, wallabies, frogs, and crayfish. Keep your eyes peeled and camera ready for the various colorful bird species that call the reserve home. You might want to visit the Mary Cairncross Cafe before touring the reserve. It opens at 8:30 am for breakfast, and the purple hue of the Glasshouse Mountains and mist surrounding them makes for a prime photo opportunity. The view is remarkable, though, at any time of the day. Using our online itinerary creator, Maleny attractions like Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This is a lovely place but signage lets them down. Initially to find the entrance to the rainforest walks (which is through the main building to the right) and then on the walk itself some of the sign...  more »
  • Take this easy one hour stroll through an ancient rain forest. Just a couple of K on very well formed track suitable for all ages and with wheelchair access as well. Good cafe and great Education Cent...  more »
  • Well worth spending some time here if you are travelling to Maleny. My partner and I opted to do the reserve's well-regarded rainforest walk. We felt quite secluded being so deep in a rainforest, with...  more »
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  • Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve is a beautiful reserve with amazing views of the the Glass house mountain's. There is a cafe the serves most meals though out the day and a discovery centre. The centre asks for a good coin donation which helps fund this amazing place. The discovery centre has lovely staff and lots of great information on the local plants and wild life, there is a great walk from within the centre that's not to hard and not to long which is well worth the look. There is a park next to the discovery centre which has BBQ facilities and toilets, there's plenty of room to kick a ball around our just relax and have lunch. If you look and stay quiet you may even see one of the local wallabies add they come very close to the reserve and don't seem to bothered by all the people. There are plenty of great spots to take photos so don't forget your camera when visiting, thou drones are not allowed around the centre and you might need a permit to use them up here. Just check with the local council of you would like to use a drone. Highly recommended this location when visiting the area.
  • Amazing place, the volunteer in the welcome center was very knowledgeable and told us what to look out for and where. We were really lucky as saw lots of wallabies, flying foxes and other animals. The cafe was good too, reasonable prices and amazing views. Only thing that let the park down (and not really to do with the park at all) was other people not controlling their children and letting them run around screaming and shouting ruining the ambiance.
  • Beautiful views of the Glass house mountains. We enjoyed the Bush walk and seen some wildlife along the way. We enjoyed ourselves at the little museum learning about the local native animals. We will definitely be going back.
  • We just love this place. Beautiful view, great park for a picnic or a play. The bush walk is fantastic and we got to see lots of wallabies in the bush along with all the birds. The information center is so nice after the renovations. Great family day out!!
  • Amazing place. Most beautiful views over glasshouse mountains. I love the information centre - it's free and very informative. So much to learn about the beautiful rain forest. Gas BBQ's, play area for kids and lovely walks. Well worth the visit.

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