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 tranquillity and beauty.

Take a relaxing walk along our rainforest tracks from 7am to 6pm (Gold Coin donation appreciated). 

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve building renewal  is in the final stage of development.  The Rainforest Discovery Centre will be closed between 17th - 27 February to allow the temporary centre to be removed. 

The rainforest walks, Glasshouse Mountain viewing area, picnic and barbecue areas and the public toilets are all accessible to the public. There may be some minor changes to access to these areas, which will be noted through directional signage on site.

The Cafe is currently closed and the opening for the new Cafe is yet to be confirmed. In the meantime please bring a picnic and enjoy the surrounds.

To learn more about the building renewal project log on to

There are many ways that you can still enjoy and treasure Mary Cairncross
Reserve during your visit

 Rainforest canopy spiral

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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