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.


This is a favourite place for our extended family and is now our fifth visit. It will be great when the new Visitor Centre & Café shortly open and also some new Boardwalk.

F.A.B. on 13 Feb, 2017

Another great visit. Saw plenty of interesting birds. Don't miss the fantastic lookout of the Glasshouse Mountains across the road.

rob.bushman on 1 Jan, 2017

Lovely walk. Came across a red belly black snake on the path.

Briony on 10 Apr, 2016

Always nice to take visitors to this little rainforest pocket. Guaranteed to see Pademelons, lots of birds, pythons and other wildlife if you stay away from the crowdy days. The view from the car park of the Glass House Mountains is already worth the outing!

Hugues Debeyser on 2 Apr, 2016

Nice easy walk; gold coin donation. They are about to start works on a new visitor centre. Café is good for a coffee or snack with views across the Glasshouse mountains

Stev0 on 26 Mar, 2016

The kids have never been so distracted! They loved this walk, as there was so much going on around them.

F.A.B. on 12 Mar, 2016

The bird variety and bold pademelons make this area truly fabulous.

SweetLorikeet on Jul, 2015

Easy walk

Angela Giuliani on Mar, 2015

An easy favourite when in the area. Great for kids! We do it as a figure 8 so that we end up doing the longer version of this little track. Loads of pademelons and bird life. Done this track with a mountain buggy pram, and also done it twice with baby in carrier. Very well maintained track. Popular with great facilities and cafe for lunch. Also great views to glasshouse across the road.

Sarah on 10 Sep, 2014

The track is very nicely maintained. A very easy and relaxing walk.

Harry on 10 May, 2014

Very easy stroll, ticked it off on my list of walks on Sunny Coast

J on 7 Feb, 2014

A beautiful relaxing stroll through rainforest and spectacular views of the Glasshouse mountinas on a clear day

Rataholic on 21 Apr, 2012

Nice easy walk

Ian and Sue on 2004

did this with the lil one, it was a nice walk, got some good photos and coffee n cake after

Juli on Sometime...

First time I did this walk I wore some sandals and ended up with a leech attached to me foot, although I did not get through any water.
Hence - my advice - where proper enclosed footware

Cris on Sometime...


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