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  • Breakfast with the Birds: Guided bird walks

    October 2019 - February 2020. Morning is the best time for bird watching, so why not join the Sunshine Coast chapter of Birdlife Australia for guided morning bird walks through beautiful Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. The reserve is home to hundreds of species of birds including the spectacular Paradise riflebird, the enigmatic Noisy pitta and the striking Regent bowerbird. BYO binoculars if you have them. After working up an appetite from your morning ramble, why not enjoy breakfast at the Mountain View Cafe?

  • Feathers of the Forest – Maleny Printmakers Art Exhibition

    29 November - 15 December 2019. With a diverse variety of birds in the rainforest of Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, there is an abundance of inspiration for the independent artists from the Maleny Printmakers to explore. Their exhibition “Feathers of the Forest” will showcase an assortment of these different birds interpreted into handmade fine art prints of varying size, colour and method of printmaking.

  • BioBlitz: The exhibition

    19 December 2019 – 12 January 2020. Featuring artwork inspired by our recent award-winning BioBlitz from our creative team as well as creative expressions from participating scientists, this special BioBlitz exhibition is not to be missed.

  • Birds on Show

    Birds are the stars of the rainforest drama. This five month exhibition brings you all the glamour and glitz of our Golden Feather Awards including the best female lead, the best choreographer, the best touring act and the best set designers. Vote in the People's Choice for your favourite bird. Ends 2 February 2020.

  • Rainforest Walk with Tim O'Reilly

    Join Tim O'Reilly, a lifelong bird watcher and experienced guide on a guided walk through Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Tim O’Reilly grew up on his family’s rainforest property in the Gold Coast Hinterland and has been a lifelong bird-lover and watcher so to say he knows a thing or two about birds is an understatement. Join Tim for guided walk through Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and gain a fascinating insight into the private lives of some of our amazing birds.

  • EcoWomen Art Exhibition

    8 - 22 March 2020. Opening on International Women’s Day 2020, EcoWomen celebrates the significance of the research undertaken by women ecologists and women who promote ecological awareness through their arts practice, environmental activism and philanthropy. EcoWomen is an exhibition of prints by women artists from Southeast Studios and Migaloo Press, Brisbane, showcasing environmental images and portraits using a diverse range of printing techniques. The prints highlight the work that women do in advancing understanding and conserving the environment as well as raising awareness of the urgency to protect biological ecosystems.