Mary Cairncross Reserve

Sunshine Coast

This walk never fails to please. At a very leisurely stroll you can stop and enjoy the rainforest and spot the pademelons hidden in the bush. Best time to do the walk is early in the morning to get the pademelons and birds and to avoid the tourist buses.
Views across the road overlooking the Glass House Mountains on a clear day are spectacular.

Bird Watching
Picnic Facilities
Wheelchair Accessibility
No Dogs Permitted
No Camping Permitted

Getting there:

Located at 148 Mountain View Road, Maleny and well signposted from the Landsborough Maleny Road.


Mary Cairncross

Route/Trail notes:

Very easy walk through rainforest and piccabeen palm groves. Suitable for wheelchairs.


None, with a gold coin donation at the Rainforest Discovery Centre optional. Open from 7am till 6pm.

Other References:

This has always been a family friendly walk and now with the new (2017) interactive Rainforest Discovery Centre, the kids can amuse themselves for an hour before going on the walk.



BushwalkerBro on 2 Jan, 2023

Beautiful walk, take your time as there is so much to look up and around at. Lots of birds, pademelons, amazing trees and vines

Rhonda on 15 Jan, 2022

Highly recommend this walk - cool on a hot day. Lots of bird life, visible and calls. Spotted some paddymelons and they are quite tame.

Boofy king on 14 Dec, 2021

Lovely easy rainforest walk, spotted paddymelons on the trail

Bribie 61 on 20 Aug, 2021

A nice stroll in the woodlands! I took my dSLR with me and I got some good photos of paddy melons, a carpet python and some small finches. Very pleasant and I would recommend to do if you are in the area.

0zzyDave1234 on 14 Jan, 2021

Beautiful short walk

Clem on 11 Jan, 2021

Beautiful fauna and flora, and very educational, though very easy walk.

Lotus on 8 Oct, 2020

Beautiful place but very busy. Too many noisy people, they scare away the wildlife.

CherylT on May, 2020

Beautiful walk, lovely bush. We have done this a few times now. Always see plenty of pademelons.

Helen on 8 Mar, 2020

Part of the track closed for restoration however still a very easy, short & enjoyable walk with young kids.

Anonymous on Sep, 2019

Great walk in the rainforest.
Plenty of Pademelons, birds & trees to see.

Ian Gibbs on 14 May, 2019

Done this heaps of times. Lots of wildlife, have seen a carpet python and a lot of pademelons.

jgrun14 on 2019

Love this walk. Always heaps of wildlife. Do it early in the morning (before 10am) or afternoon (after 4pm) to avoid all the busy times.

Josh on 29 Dec, 2018

Simple circuit every easy. Wheel chair access on part. Plenty of different trees market it that your thing. Creek at the bottom was just a trickle.. but understandable given the recent dry weather

David S on 22 Sep, 2018

This track is wonderful for beginners with a coffee at the end my highlight. I have not done this walk for many years and it always such a treasure. There are loads of Paddymelon wallabies to see with their little babies.

Rebecca on 26 Mar, 2018

There were so many beautiful and varied types of fungi to see. One looked like a lace doily. We saw bats and pademelons too. Enjoyed lunch and the view at the restaurant. I can recommend the salt and pepper calamari. Lovely and tender.

The Pages and co on 25 Mar, 2018

An easy family walk through the rain forest. Did it with my grandchildren and they all loved it. Spectacular views of the Glasshouse Mountains from the cafe.

Lone Ranger on 11 Jan, 2018

Nice easy walk. Very pretty.

Mark Sorensen on 2 Sep, 2017

Really easy walk and perfect for families and people of all ages. I went when there had just been some heavy rain fall and on the day it was raining lightly but honestly was the perfect time to check out this place. So much help from the information center and everything is well signed everywhere. Will do this one again when some cooler weather go over the Sunny Coast area.

bnotters on 13 May, 2017

Lovely family friendly track. Beautiful rainforest with excellent visitor centre. An old favourite.
Outstanding views of the Glasshouse Mountains opposite the park too.

Cassablanca on Mar, 2017


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