Visit our world class tourist attraction, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and discover rainforest that once covered the entire area
By Richard Bruinsma
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve at Maleny has been transformed in recent years to become a high class eco-tourism attraction.
It includes a wide array or attractions, from the tranquil and easy walks through the subtropical rainforest that is the centrepiece of the 55-hectare reserve, through to lovely picnic grounds – complete with barbecues, sheltered picnic tables, expansive lawn and play equipment for the children – and the new and modern Discovery Centre and café building.
The Discovery Centre includes numerous displays that provide an insight into the world that exists among the thick foliage and towering trees. It features a number of displays, interactive learning activities, and multi-media presentations that all help to reveal more of this wonderful natural attraction.
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve provides a understanding of the rainforest that once covered the entire area, and provides an opportunity to take a relaxing wander among diverse birdlife and native animals, as well as a wide array of plant life, from the towering buttressed trees that stretch to the canopy, through the tiniest of mushrooms that feed on the rotting vegetation in the undergrowth below.
The reserve sits on the edge of Maleny’s southern escarpment, and provides a stunning uninterrupted view towards the Glasshouse Mountains on the plain below.
The picnic grounds and barbecues are free at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve; however, entry to the walking track is via the Discovery Centre, which charges a gold coin entry fee.
The Rainforest Walk is open 7.00am – 6.00pm. The Discovery Centre is open 9.00am – 4.30pm daily, but closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day and also closed on Anzac Day from 9am – 12noon.