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Mary Cairncross: Forest Walk

Mary Cairncross: Forest Walk
Maleny
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Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve offers 55 hectares of some of Australia’s best subtropical rainforest comprising many large and varied species.

SUITABILITY
Suitable for walkers, prams and wheelchairs – in fact you can rent wheelchairs there. It’s an easy grade.

HIGHLIGHTS
You access the rainforest walks through the discovery centre by gold coin donation. This walk can be a loop or simple there and back as far as you wish. The walks start with a common section and then a larger outer loop, which is about 3km. A path leads from about halfway around the loop, creating two smaller loops about 1.7km each. The first, smaller, loop is wheelchair accessible, however, the extensive boardwalk does have a number of steps.

The walks have information signs pointing out the various trees in the park. Amongst its lush greenery you’ll find Australian Red Cedar, Black Bean, Yellow Carrabeen, White Beech, Tulip Oak and many large Strangling Figs as well as Piccabeen Palms in the wetter areas of the forest.

In the rainforest you may be also fortunate enough to see or hear native birdlife including wrens, whipbirds, riflebirds, bowerbirds, bush turkeys, as well as Queensland native butterflies. There are seats along the way to sit and absorb the ambience. Sit quietly and watch the small birds dart along the path, seemingly unconcerned about visitors. The cool dense forest is also home to a variety of beautiful wildlife including endangered amphibians and lizards, as well cute little wallabies.

AFTERWARDS
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. Souvenirs 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.

To the end point: The walks all return to your starting point. 

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  • Icon showing fires are permitted at this activityFires permitted
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Review Date: 02/05/2019

A must do for anyone with children! Ample parking, well maintained grounds, a great playground and educational centre. The walk is flat and pram assessable. Great for little legs even if you do not make it the entire way! Lovely wildlife and spectacular trees and vines. My toddler was obsessed with the moss and fungus. The educational centre is lovely for all ages. Plus the coffee shop is right next door!

Reviewed By: Jessica

Review Date: 30/11/2018

MCSR is a must visit if you have visitors from overseas or interstate. Very easy walking and lots of wildlife to see on your way around. Its one of my favourite places to visit, particularly early morning or late afternoon for a very peaceful experience.

Reviewed By: Julie

Review Date: 02/11/2018

Loads of things to see on this walk from a bat colony to different butterfly species and a beautiful rainforest to walk in. It's an easy walk and all they ask is a gold coin donation. The Mary Cairncross Discovery Centre is fantastic, kids just loved it. There is also a cafe and a big playground and lawn area for the kids to get out some extra energy. Loads of mosquitoes so important to remember repellent

Reviewed By: Rebecca

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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.

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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