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Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Come and explore the rainforest
The natural jewel of the Sunshine Coast hinterland

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve comprises 55 hectares of subtropical rainforest overlooking the Glass House Mountains 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 tranquility and beauty.

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The rainforest reserve Make the most of your visit by learning about the special creatures who live here
Rainforest Discovery Centre

Visitors of all ages will enjoy exploring the multi-sensory, interactive educational displays

Visiting as a school group? Book now Visiting as a tour group? click here .
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Upcoming events
Butterflies: the birds of the insect world – conservation and management

Because of their often bright colours fluttering in the sky, butterflies are sometimes thought of as the birds of the insect world. These amazing creatures have inhabited the earth for about 130 million years - around the same time as flowering plants. Indeed, it’s even thought that plants evolved flowers that attract butterflies as pollinators (bees weren’t around just yet)! If you found this fact fascinating, come and join UQ entomologist Professor Myron Zalucki for an amazing insight into the biology and ecology of butterflies as well as the key conservation challenges facing these delights of the sky.

Invitational Event: Mary Cairncross Neighbour's Day 2020

Invitational Event Only: Mary Cairncross neighbours, in this international year of plant health, join us in helping to expand the vegetation buffer to MCSR. When you’re not getting your hands dirty planting, you can learn about important plant and animal relationships, make your own cyanotype sun-print using leaves or learn how you can use and borrow our Echo-meters to locate bats on your property. There’ll even be some ideas for your own garden too! To book you will need the special code from your postcard invitation.

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