Image of people looking at view of Glass House Mountains from Mary Cairncross
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Building Renewal
  • Last updated:
  • 23 Oct 2020

Location: Maleny, Sunshine Coast
Description: Public building
Completed: 2017
Designer: Gymer Bailey Architects/Norman Richards Building Design and Interiors
Site area: 15,510m²
Building size: 808m²
Awards: AIA Queensland, Harry Marks Sustainable Architecture Award
Photography: Jason Smith, Damien Carroll, Scott Burrows

Project overview

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve comprises 55 hectares of sub-tropical rainforest overlooking the Glass House Mountains National Landscape. A remnant of the rainforests that once covered the Blackall Range, the Reserve is a living museum of diverse plant and animal life and a place of tranquility and beauty.

The Reserve's buildings include the Rainforest Discovery Centre, cafe, visitor amenities, viewing deck and conference space. Surrounding spaces include the accessible Glider Gallery walk, children's playground, picnic area and walking tracks.

Watch the following clip to take a tour of Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Building, meet the architect, designer, Senior Jinibara Elder Uncle Noel Blair, the client, and a volunteer and hear about how the building demonstrates the Sunshine Coast Design Principles.