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Mary Cairncross: Interpretive Boardwalk

Maleny
0.2km
Trail type
Skill Level
Length
Circuit

The main attraction of this location is the magnificent rainforest and views of the Glass House Mountains, all wonderfully explained via this discovery experience.

SUITABILITY
Suitable for walkers, prams and wheelchairs – in fact you can rent wheelchairs there.

HIGHLIGHTS
The Rainforest Discovery Centre – opened in 2017 – is the main access point into the rainforest and the rainforest walks. It provides a rich interpretive experience of the park's environment. Go through the Discovery Centre to a rising boardwalk that gently curves through the diverse forest before leading back to level 2 of the Centre and out onto a viewing platform for the Glasshouse mountains. There is a lift or stairs to drop back down to the café for a cuppa.

AFTERWARDS
Experience more of the Mary Cairncross scenic subtropical rainforest reserve with 2 other walking options – the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly Path or the longer (3km) Rainforest Walk.

When you are done you can take in the spectacular view of the Glass House Mountains as you relax at the café or enjoy a picnic on the open grass and watch the pademelon wallabies.

Souveniers can also be bought at the kiosk. Facilities include disabled toilets.

HOW TO GET THERE
To the starting point: Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve is perched high in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Travelling from Landsborough, turn off Landsborough-Maleny Road into Mountain View Road at Bald Knob . Head to 148 Mountain View Road (about 1.4 km along) where you’ll find a car pack, picnic grounds, a kiosk and café,as well as a natural history / interpretive centre known as the Discovery Centre.

To the end point: The Interpretive Boardwalk experience is a short walk that starts and ends at The Discovery Centre.

The main attraction of this location is the magnificent rainforest and views of the Glass House Mountains, all wonderfully explained via this discovery experience.

SUITABILITY
Suitable for walkers, prams and wheelchairs – in fact you can rent wheelchairs there.

HIGHLIGHTS
The Rainforest Discovery Centre – opened in 2017 – is the main access point into the rainforest and the rainforest walks. It provides a rich interpretive experience of the park's environment. Go through the Discovery Centre to a rising boardwalk that gently curves through the diverse forest before leading back to level 2 of the Centre and out onto a viewing platform for the Glasshouse mountains. There is a lift or stairs to drop back down to the café for a cuppa.

AFTERWARDS
Experience more of the Mary Cairncross scenic subtropical rainforest reserve with 2 other walking options – the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly Path or the longer (3km) Rainforest Walk.

When you are done you can take in the spectacular view of the Glass House Mountains as you relax at the café or enjoy a picnic on the open grass and watch the pademelon wallabies.

Souveniers can also be bought at the kiosk. Facilities include disabled toilets.

HOW TO GET THERE
To the starting point: Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve is perched high in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Travelling from Landsborough, turn off Landsborough-Maleny Road into Mountain View Road at Bald Knob . Head to 148 Mountain View Road (about 1.4 km along) where you’ll find a car pack, picnic grounds, a kiosk and café,as well as a natural history / interpretive centre known as the Discovery Centre.

To the end point: The Interpretive Boardwalk experience is a short walk that starts and ends at The Discovery Centre.

Activities and facilities
Glossary
  • Suitable for wheelchairs
  • Suitable for walking
  • Suitable for recreational cycling
  • Suitable for mountain biking
  • Suitable for horse riding
  • Suitable for kayaking
  • Drinking water available
  • No drinking water available
  • Barbeque on site
  • Picnic table on site
  • Toilets on site
  • Fires permitted
  • Fires prohibited
  • Camping permitted
  • Camping prohibited
  • Suitable for walking
  • Drinking water available
  • Barbeque on site
  • Picnic table on site
  • Toilets on site
  • Fires prohibited
  • Camping prohibited
Map
Reviews

Review Date: 19/11/2018

Short little wander off the visitors centre that is excellent for mobility concerns. My Mother and children got to do a small wander inside the rainforest without much effort and saw beautiful flora and fauna. nobody got to miss out on appreciating the amazing sights and sounds of Mary Cairncross park - another thoughtful part of an incredible Visitor Centre. something for everyone.

Reviewed By: Yvette

Review Date: 04/11/2018

This is a great walk for the family with lots to see. There is a bat colony, loads of lizards and butterflies and also if you are quiet you might even be lucky and see some pademelons. Only downfall is the mozzies which can only be expected in a rainforest environment. Bring repellant. Other than that, there is a great playground and open grass area for the kids. At the Mary Cairncross Discovery Centre you will also learn so much about the rainforest area with fantastic volunteers there to answer any of your questions. They only ask for a gold coin donation in return. Great family day out!

Reviewed By: Rebecca

Safety

IN AN EMERGENCY DIAL '000'.

Always Adventure Safely!

  • Always follow any local signage, it contains key information and conditions can change at any time.
  • Use the trails with consideration for your abilities, be prepared for the adventure ahead:
    • Be aware of the weather conditions, found here: http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/.
    • Always wear appropriate clothing, focus on good footwear.
    • Always bring more water than you think you will need.
    • Be Sun Safe!
    • Always let someone know where you are going that isn’t going with you.
  • Just getting started try this site for good useful information: https://www.trailhiking.com.au/hike-safety/
  • Sunshine Coast Council does it’s best to maintain current information but things can change so always be aware that a trail may not be as listed in this guide, and report and issues via our feedback link.

Maintenance and Enquiries

Sunshine Coast Council

For any issues with this experience please contact:

Sunshine Coast Council via 07 5475 7272 or via e-mail: adventure@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

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