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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  • Fantastic place, place for picnic and BBQ and the best is perhaps the Bush walk, the educational centre and the cafeteria. We'll worth when in the hinterlands  more »
  • Was pleased to find that the trail through the reserve has an accessible route giving a 300 metre push through the wonderful forest. It’s still quite tough territory so a Freewheel or similar would he...  more »
  • this was a wonderful place to eat, enjoy the view, discover interesting rainforest facts, listen to birdsong and walk through the peaceful rainforest.  more »
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  • Fabulous place, very beautiful. Saw quiet a few animals in natural habitat. Easy to walk for all ages. Great information centre with lots of educational info. Brilliant
  • Great place for a day trip. Clean amenities, cafe with nice coffee and an interesting educational area to interest the kids. The open grassed areas for picnics and the walks are easy and enjoyable.
  • Great views in any weather, views change all the time. Reasonable priced cuppa and sandwich. Coin donation to enter the interactive rain forrest display and a 1 or 2 km walk. Great...
  • A beautiful nature reserve. Large park area with a playground, BBQs, picnic tables and toilet facilities. The upgraded tourist building looks wonderful and has a cafe, lecture rooms, toilet facilities, viewing decks and an educational room with entrance to the forest walk for a gold coin donation. There is a short board walk joined to the building that allows a wonderful rainforest view and is wheel chair accessible. There is also a lift to the upper level of the building. Well worth a visit. Fun and educational.
  • Lovely visitors centre with a great cafe. Various mobilities catered for. Wonderful place to stop and experience some ancient forest. I love the way they've used clever design to highlight the tranquility and beauty of the surrounds. I visited on a rainy weekday so not many people around.

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