Your gateway to biodiversity Rainforest discovery centre

Our world-class Rainforest Discovery Centre is your gateway to Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Currently open from 10 am to 2 pm.

This $4.7million facility was officially opened on 27 February 2017 by the Governor of Queensland, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC. 

Visitors will enjoy:

  • Our dynamic interpretation space offering multi-sensory learning experiences. Ever-changing thematic displays invite you to discover the rainforest on your own, or talk with a friendly volunteer. 
  • A higher perspective of the breath-taking, heritage listed Glasshouse Mountains from the Viewing Deck
  • The Mountain View Café featuring spectacular views with indoor and outdoor seating
  • Elevated Glider Gallery Boardwalk (150m). This all-ability walk showcases the rainforest mid-storey
  • Open-space park with barbecues, picnic shelters and plenty of room for kids to play
  • Playground suitable for children 12yrs and under
  • Outdoor classroom area designed for presentations and workshops
  • The Cairncross theatrette  showcasing environmental exhibitions, film and photography

Our reserve brochure[948KB] highlights the facilities and attractions on offer. (Please be aware, due to COVID-19 regulations, opening hours may vary from those on the brochure.)

Council is required to comply with any Public Health Directives issued by the Queensland Government where they are applicable to council owned and operated venues and facilities.

The Queensland Government’s Public Health and Social Measures linked to vaccination status Direction will be in place from 5am Friday 17 December 2021. It applies to people aged 16 and over.

The mandatory vaccination requirements in the Direction will apply to customers attending and staff working at:
council owned and operated environmental visitor education centres including the Rainforest Discovery Centre at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Mountain View Cafe at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve (takeaway available for unvaccinated customers) 

For more information visit the Sunshine Coast Council Covid-19 update page.


Protecting our forest

You will come across plenty of the animals in the reserve. We recommend not to get too close as this may provoke them. Feeding animals in the reserve is also not allowed.

Want to know more how can you help protect our forest? View more

Planning to visit with a group?
Guided walks available Bookings required

Over 600 people visit the reserve daily.  Groups must book ahead so that visitors have the best rainforest discovery experience.

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