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Friends of Mary Cairncross Association
Adam Sebastian West
Rainforest custodians 

Friends of Mary Cairncross Association

A charitable organisation working to support the reserve.

The Friends of Mary Cairncross Association (Inc.) is an incorporated environmental charitable organisation that supports Sunshine Coast Council in the management of Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.  

Our principal purpose is the protection and enhancement of the natural environment of the reserve. This includes the dissemination of information, the provision of education, and the commissioning of research. 

We do this via fundraising, which includes managing the retail section of the Rainforest Discovery Centre and stocking appropriate educational or promotional materials to inspire and educate. While most of our funds are derived from retail sales, we also apply for grants, maintain a Trust Fund for donations, and volunteer at community events.

Friends have been involved in the publication of two books:

  • The Magic of Mary Cairncross; a Celebration of Art and Nature
  • Birds of Mary Cairncross (2nd Edition)

Other projects have included:

  • After Dark display in the Rainforest Discovery Centre 
  • Laser pointers and jackets for volunteers
  • Support for flora, fauna and fungi surveys and research
  • Honours scholarships for research benefitting the reserve
  • Tree signage throughout the Reserve
  • Audio research equipment to record the Coxen's Fig Parrot
  • The wildlife tunnel under Mountain View Road 
  • The People of Mary project, celebrating the contribution volunteers make to Mary Cairncross. 

Currently, we are developing new goals (projects) to meet the objectives of our strategic plan for the next three years 2023-2026.

Your support would be greatly appreciated to assist us in achieving our objectives.

What's in it for you? 

We all wish to do our best for the natural environment. You'll meet some terrific like-minded people and gain satisfaction in knowing that you are "putting back" into the environment. Through Friends you can also have some input into where funding goes within the reserve and increase your knowledge through opportunities such as the regular presentations provided by specialist speakers at our meetings and events. 


Your membership helps us to continue to maintain and develop this unique rainforest reserve as an asset to our community and the natural environment. Your involvement is greatly appreciated. Membership ($10 per year)  is renewable annually by the end of October. Our general meetings are brief and we enjoy a topical speaker presentation at most meetings. See our calendar of events for the dates of meetings and guest speaker details.

If you would like to join the Friends and support Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, please complete an online membership form. Alternatively, download and fill out a paper membership form and drop it into the Rainforest Discovery Centre, or mail / email it to us at the address below.  

Other ways to help

Besides membership, there are other ways in which people can assist Friends achieve its goals: Wills and bequests, sponsorships, donations, partnerships, grants, volunteering, community events. Donations are tax deductible.


Mail: P.O. Box 593, Maleny Qld 4552

Email: [email protected]