We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

Certificate of Excellence
Features Animals
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 148 Mountain View Rd, Maleny, Queensland 4552, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 7 5429 6122
08:30 - 16:30
Closed now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 08:30 - 16:30
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Australia Zoo and Sunshine Coast Day Trip from Brisbane
More Info
and up
Eumundi Markets and Sunshine Coast Day Trip from Brisbane
More Info
and up
Noosa and Sunshine Coast Hinterland Day Trip from Brisbane

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 521 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 354
  • 147
    Very good
  • 11
  • 1
  • 2
Local visit

The new rainforest discovery centre is outstanding. The perfect spot for all. No cafe yet but one is soon to be open. If you bring a picnic there are plenty of BBQ areas and a... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Amanda W
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

521 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 515: English reviews
Level Contributor
11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The new rainforest discovery centre is outstanding. The perfect spot for all. No cafe yet but one is soon to be open. If you bring a picnic there are plenty of BBQ areas and a playground. The viewing platform displays the glass house mountains and beyond. The rainforest walks are very accessible for all ages and guaranteed to see a... More 

Thank Amanda W
Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
47 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Have been regularly visiting this area for the last 25 yrs & am so pleased to see the new Visitors centre. The upper level viewing deck provides a panoramic view of the beautiful Glasshouse mountains. Can't wait for the cafe to open end of this month. We enjoyed the Rainforest walk even though it was partially closed due to damage... More 

Thank Guts88
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
4 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked through the rainforest late in the afternoon (it was Easter and wanted to avoid the crowds) absolutely stunning with well maintained track ( suitable for elderly and wheelchair etc) Take your time to walk through and stop to listen to the birds...

Thank Maureen Q
Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a wonderful afternoon and treat to find this place. Gold coin donation and lots of interesting interactive exhibit for kids and adults. Followed by an easy self paced walk through some of the rainforest. Very accessible for prams and wheelchairs, flat easy walk looking at the beauty of a rainforest. Located with sweeping views from across the road on... More 

Thank KatrinaS335
Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
72 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a wonderful time visiting Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. The new visitors centre is great with lots of displays, videos and activities. The staff were very friendly and helpful! Gold coin donation entrance. The rainforest walk was the highlight for me! Absolutely beautiful! It is an easy walk, 1.3kms (small section still closed due to cyclone Debbie but you... More 

Thank Kay M
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
615 reviews
105 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Gold coin donation & the rainforest walk is very pleasant. Definitely recommended for all ages. Before you know it, you've completed the trail!

Thank LC888
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

The new interactive centre has opened after major upgrades. It now has indoor experiences if the weather is not up to an outdoor walk around the reserve. Great views from the new observation deck and food form the cafe.

Thank Anita J
Hervey Bay, Australia
Level Contributor
81 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved this walk .The volunteer staff at the info center were friendly and informative. There is a new visitor center being built which looks amazing. We enjoyed walking in the forest and looking out for birds and small animals . We were not disappointed. Be sure to check out the nearby lookout to see wonderful views towards the glasshouse... More 

Thank Susan A
Brisbane Region, Australia
Level Contributor
15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lovely excursion with an easy grade bush walk (doable for the entire family) through the beautiful rainforest reserve. There are plenty of activities showcasing the native fauna and flora, providing both entertainment and education. One of the clear highlights is the stunning view across the Glasshouse Mountains out to the sea. Utterly breathtaking and worth the visit alone. Bring... More 

Thank Kew G
Flaxton, Australia
Level Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a superb location. Beautiful walks in the rainforest stunning views that are next to none anywhere else and without a doubt a spot that is a must to visit when touring to Maleny and the surrounds. Something one should not miss by any means.

Thank Sandra M

Travellers who viewed Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve also viewed

Montville, Sunshine Coast
Maleny, Sunshine Coast

Been to Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Northern Territory, Australia
over a year ago
4 months ago

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?