- Last updated:
- 31 Aug 2021
Michael Gilles (Senior Environmental Visitor Centres Officer Sunshine Coast Council): Welcome to Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, the jewel of the Sunshine Coast. Each year over 200,000 people from around the world come for a visit and it’s easy to see why. This 55-hectare reserve is one of the last remaining remnants of rainforest that once covered the Blackhall Range. It’s a living museum, conservation icon and without doubt offers the best views of the Glasshouse Mountains. The reserve was gifted to Council in 1941 by the Thynne sisters, Elizabeth, Mable and Mary with the proviso that it would only ever be used for the conservation and exhibition of native plants and animals and the views of the Glasshouse Mountains. Fast forward a few decades and the reserve is as special as ever but now there’s a whole lot more to offer. In February 2017 Council opened the doors to a world class Rainforest Discovery Centre and it’s sure to make your visit even more memorable.
Narrator: The Rainforest Discovery Centre is a sensory interactive and imaginative space for the whole family to enjoy. Discover the reserves plants and animals on our own or talk to one of the centres friendly and knowledgeable volunteers. There’s lots to discover from the shortest to tallest of visitors. Relax in the rainforest room, watch the walls come to life with the latest technology, hear the sounds of the forests through interactive touch screens or mix and share your very own rainforest soundtrack. You’ll need your night eyes in the dusk until dawn room as you discover the sights and sounds of the rainforest after dark. There are living exhibits and interactive displays and an impressive collection of the Cairncross creepy crawlies. Fancy some fresh air? Step outside and experience the rainforest from a different level. If you’re lucky you might even see one of the rare Richmond Birdwing butterflies. This brand new elevated glider boardwalk offers a short stroll through this unique environment or take a little more time to enjoy the serenity on one of the walks through the forest. You’ll often see pademelons crossing the tracks or if you keep your eyes peeled you may see snakes resting after a big meal. And after all that, why not take a meal in the café, enjoy a barbeque, run off some steam in the playground or simply sit back and enjoy the best views on the Sunshine Coast.
Michael Gilles (Senior Environmental Visitor Centres Officer Sunshine Coast Council): We love our new centre and hope you will too. We’re open everyday and look forward to seeing you soon, whatever the weather.