Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
  • Last updated:
  • 20 Sep 2016

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve is a living museum of plant and animal life. It delights visitors with its tranquillity and beauty. This 55-hectare subtropical rainforest overlooks the iconic Glasshouse Mountains. It is a remnant of the rainforests that once covered the Blackall Range. The reserve is an island refuge for wildlife and has limited habitat links to other pockets of remnant rainforest.

The education centre is open between:

  • 9 am to 4 pm daily (June to August)
  • 9 am to 5 pm daily (September to May).

Visitors may enjoy a range of activities at the reserve:

  • view the rainforest through time and photographic displays
  • take a relaxing walk along the rainforest tracks from 7 am to 6 pm
  • have a picnic or barbecue
  • take a break at the café.

A gold coin donation is appreciated.

Schools and organised groups should pre-book their visit to avoid clashing with other groups. Visit the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve website for more information. No dogs are allowed in the reserve (except for disability companions).

The reserve is a centre for conservation, learning and partnerships. Council works closely with the community to:

  • conserve and connect the area's habitats and landscapes
  • undertake research
  • provide advice on reserve management
  • help visitors learn about the reserve and enjoy their visit.

For more information, including how to volunteer at the reserve, visit the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve website.

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