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Mary Cairncross: Birdwing Butterfly Path

Mary Cairncross: Birdwing Butterfly Path
Maleny
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0.4km
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Be at one with the butterflies on this short walk at Mary Caincross picnic grounds.

SUITABILITY
Suitable for walkers, prams and wheelchairs. It’s an easy grade.

HIGHLIGHTS
The Richmond Birdwing is one of Australia's largest and rarest butterflies with a wingspan of up to 16 cm in females. In the park is the birdwing butterfly vine, an important food source for developing caterpillars and attracting the butterflies. The Richmond Birdwing Butterfly Walk starts near the toilets (no need to go through the Discovery Centre). The walk leads behind the playground and to the bottom end of the field with information panels describing the lifecycle of the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly and a viewing deck in the forest.

AFTERWARDS
Make sure do you do the Rainforest walks accessed via the Discovery Centre – but before you do check out the birdcall sound board so you can identify birds you here while walking through.

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.

To the end point: This walk returns to your starting point.

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  • Icon showing this activity is suitable for wheelchairsSuitable for wheelchairs
  • Icon showing this activity is suitable for walkingSuitable for walking
  • Icon showing this activity is suitable for recreational cyclingSuitable for recreational cycling
  • Icon showing this activity is suitable for mountain bikingSuitable for mountain biking
  • Icon showing this activity is suitable for horse ridingSuitable for horse riding
  • Icon showing this activity is suitable for kayakingSuitable for kayaking
  • Icon showing this activity has drinking water availableDrinking water available
  • Icon showing this activity does not have drinking water availableNo drinking water available
  • Icon showing this activity has a barbeque on siteBarbeque on site
  • Icon showing this activity has a picnic table on sitePicnic table on site
  • Icon showing this activity has toilets on siteToilets on site
  • Icon showing fires are permitted at this activityFires permitted
  • Icon showing fires are prohibited at this activityFires prohibited
  • Icon showing camping is permitted at this activityCamping permitted
  • Icon showing camping is prohibited at this activityCamping prohibited
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  • Drinking water available Drinking water available Drinking water available
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  • Picnic table on site Picnic table on site Picnic table on site
  • toilets on site toilets on site Toilets on site
  • Fires prohibited Fires prohibited Fires prohibited
  • Camping prohibited Camping prohibited Camping prohibited
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Review Date: 13/11/2018

A great walk! Information is interesting and it's an easy trail with fascinating vegetation and wildlife.

Reviewed By: Elspeth

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  • 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.

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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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