Rainforest Discovery Centre
Your gateway to the forest 

Rainforest Discovery Centre

Visitors of all ages will enjoy exploring the interactive displays.

Our world-class Rainforest Discovery Centre is your gateway to Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Visitors of all ages will enjoy exploring the multi-sensory, interactive educational displays.

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 current opening hours may vary from those on the brochure.)

Open from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Entry by gold coin donation (eftpos facility available).

Planning to visit with a group?

Bookings required

Bookings required

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