Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

148 Mountain View Road, Maleny

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.

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

Walk through one of the best remnant sub-tropical rainforests in Australia. The reserve is home to many flora and fauna species. Glimpse the rich variety of birds, the rainforest Wallabies (Pademelons) and perhaps the endangered Richmond Birdwing Butterfly.  Learn the secrets of this extraordinary reserve in the outstanding Discovery Centre. Soak up the haunting Glasshouse Mountains views.

Visitor Facilities

  • Rainforest Discovery Centre with new and innovative rainforest interpretative displays
  • Fig Tree loop walking track with over 2 kilometres of tranquil walking tracks, boardwalks and viewing platforms
  • Breathtaking views of the Glass House Mountains landscape
  • BBQ and picnic tables
  • Children's playground and open recreation space suitable for ball games
  • Picnic shelter area
  • Toilets

Opening hours Rainforest Discovery Centre

  • Open daily from 9.00am to 4:30pm 
  • Open Anzac Day from 12.00pm to 4:30pm
  • Closed on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Christmas Day.

Opening hours Rainforest Walking Track

  • Open daily from 7.00am to 6.00pm
  • Rainforest Walking Track map
  • Gold coin donation appreciated
  • Entry to the after hours rainforest track is located on the right at the bike racks in front of the Rainforest Discovery Centre
  • Open Anzac Day from 12.00pm to 4:30pm
  • Closed on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Christmas Day.

Mountain View Cafe

Mountain View Cafe is a licensed Cafe situated near the entrance to the Mary Cairncross Rainforest Discovery Centre. Drop in for a bite to eat or a locally roasted award winning coffee as you explore the reserve or take in the breathtaking views. 

Open 7 days a week for breakfast and lunch, also serving morning and afternoon tea and takes bookings for high teas. It is the perfect place for family gatherings, celebrations, reunions or anniversaries. Special packages have been designed for functions and it is a delightful place for tour groups to visit with ample parking and easy access, including being wheelchair friendly throughout.

Opening hours Mountain View Cafe

  • Monday – Friday  8:30am – 4:30pm
  • Saturday – Sunday  8:00am – 5:00pm

Contact details for Mountain View Cafe

Phone - 07 5499 9180