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Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

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Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve is located at 148 Mountain View Road, Maleny Queensland 4552, Australia.Maleny is located just one hour north of Brisbane.

Take the Bruce Highway north from Brisbane and turn left at The Glasshouse Mountains Tourist Drive #24, also known as the Steve Irwin Way.At Landsborough turn left again onto Tourist Drive #23 and up the hill to Maleny on the Landsborough to Maleny Road.Turn left onto Mountain View Road at Cairncross Corner, just before Maleny - you can't miss it!

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve comprises 55 hectares of National Estate listed subtropical rainforest overlooking the Glasshouse Mountains. A remnant of the rainforests that once covered the Blackall Range, the Reserve is a living museum of diverse plant and animal life which promises to delight with its tranquility and beauty. Take a relaxing walk along our rainforest tracks, have a picnic or barbeque, or relax at the Café.

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve is committed to the conservation and enhancement of the natural habitat of the area, and to the provision of a valued community resource for education, research, recreation and enjoyment.

The vine forest is open to individuals or families during daylight hours through the Education Centre. The Education Centre which assists all visitors is open between 9am and 5pm (September to May) and 9am to 4pm (June to August)

The Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve is a 52 hectare remnant of the subtropical rainforest (complex notophyllvineforest) that previously covered the southern end of the Blackall Range and valleys on the west side of the range. The Reserve is currently an ecological island with no continuous habitat linkages to other nearby remnants.

Although it is currently in good condition, it is presumed that some terrestrial animals were present in the Reserve and are now extinct here (e.g. long-nosed potoroo and rufous bettong). Other animals may become threatened over time including the red-legged pademelon. The avian population is diverse due to nearby habitat but, once again, may be threatened by further fragmentation.
On a national scale, it is significant in being one of the few remnants of subtropical rainforest growing in optimum conditions on flat deep basalt soils in a high rainfall area.

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