Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Building
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Building Renewal
  • Last updated:
  • 04 Aug 2019

Project update

The new, world class Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Rainforest Discovery Centre at Maleny is now open for visitors to enjoy after being officially opened by the Governor of Queensland, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Monday 27 February 2017.

Take a tour of the centre and find out why you should come for a visit or watch the story behind the Rainforest Discovery Centre


The building renewal aimed to accommodate the needs of the reserve's partners, and to address aging infrastructure, increased visitation and changing demands for engaging educational materials.

Community consultation

Months of consultation took place during the design phase with local experts, the University of the Sunshine Coast, Indigenous representatives, Brush Turkey, the community, Tourism Queensland and the Design Advisory Panel.


Construction started in April 2016 and was strongly guided by a detailed environmental management plan.

Locally supplied products were sourced wherever possible and all plants used in the landscaping were grown from local seeds and cuttings collected from reserve and grown at a local nursery.

There were 261 jobs created during the project, 240 of these were filled by Sunshine Coast locals.

View the time-lapse video from sod turning to completion.

Project cost - $4.7 million


  • $319,000 from the gold coin donation fund
  • $30,000 from the Friends of Mary Cairncross
  • $1 million from the Queensland Government from the Queensland Tourism Infrastructure fund
  • $3,351,000 from Sunshine Coast Council.