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Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

Sunshine Coast

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve


Distance (kms):

1.5 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 30 mins

Elevation gain (m):

21 m

Max. elevation (m):

437 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Easy (Grade 2)

Route type:





2WD Sufficient

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A wonderful family walk through beautiful rainforest, with an abundance of wildlife to spot and spectacular views of the Glass House Mountains from the park and picnic area.

This heavily trafficked walk starts from the car park at Mary Cairncross Park on Mountain View Road in Maleny.

There are incredible, uninterrupted views across the Glass House Mountains from the roadside, and a great park for picnics for families or groups.

The walk meanders through lush rainforest, along graded paths and wooden boardwalks, with an exceptional array of wildlife to see, including birds, lizards and pademelons.

There is also informative signage along the track about the local fauna and flora.

The walk passes mammoth trees and shallow rocky creek beds, making it a great walk for families.

From the lookout, take in magnificent views of the Glass House Mountains, including the prominent Mount Tibrogargan, Mount Beerwah, and Mount Coonowrin, as well Mount Ngungun, Mount Beerburrum, Mount Tibberoowuccum, the Tunbubudla Twins, Mount Coochin, Mount Cooee and Miketeebumulgrai.

Track: The track includes graded paths and wooden boardwalks (with some steps) and is well-signed, making it easy to follow.

Difficulty: The track is suitable for all fitness levels and sections of the walk are wheelchair accessible (possibly requiring some assistance at times).

Direction: While the track can be completed in either direction, clockwise is recommended.

getting there

The trail starts from Mary Cairncross Park on Mountain View Lane in Maleny, 1.25 hours drive north of Brisbane.

Parking is ample, however the location can be very busy, especially on weekends, so it can fill up.

best time to go

The walk can be completed year-round, however morning and evening (closer to sunrise and sunset) will increase the likelihood of seeing wildlife.

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Remember, whenever venturing into the outdoors, practice the Leave No Trace principles and be considerate of others. This means: dispose of your waste properly, don't remove things or move things from their natural position and respect all wildlife. Also be sure to plan ahead and adequately prepare for any adventure. 

I respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which all activities listed on this website are found, as well as Elders past, present and emerging. I strive to not promote sites where requests have been made for people not to explore due to the cultural significance of the site to Indigenous peoples, or note how to respectfully visit a site. If I have a promoted a site with cultural significance, please send me a message and let me know.   

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