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Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve: Our most recommended tours and activities

Sunshine Coast Hinterland and Noosa Small Group Tour

1. Sunshine Coast Hinterland and Noosa Small Group Tour

Depart Brisbane and journey past small villages and farms as you venture into the mountains of the Blackall Range. Get stunning views of the coastline of Queensland and stop at Mary Cairnscross Scenic Reserve for panoramic vistas of the majestic Glass House Mountains from the lookout. Continue past Gerrard's Lookout and marvel at the views of Coolum, Maroochydore, Caloundra, and Bribie Island along the coast. Arrive at Montville and get some free time to explore the quaint mountain village before going to Eumundi Markets to experience Australia’s premier artisan outlet for art and food. You can purchase lunch at Eumundi Markets before visiting the pristine beaches of Noosa Heads, where the rich and famous come to unwind by the sea. Return to Brisbane with a short comfort stop at the Ginger Factory at Yandina, where you can try their delicious ginger ice cream.

Noosa: Maleny & Montville Tour with Chocolate & Wine Tasting

2. Noosa: Maleny & Montville Tour with Chocolate & Wine Tasting

You will start the day with a nice country drive to our first stop where you will enjoy a complimentary tea or coffee alongside the picturesque view atop Mapleton Falls. A lovely ridgeline drive atop the Blackall Range will then land us in Montville Artisan Village, the prettiest and most unique little village on the hinterland. You will have ample time to explore the Montville Artisan Village and its many novelty shops and galleries. This time is also allocated for you to find yourself a nice place for lunch. Next, we will journey along the ridgeline to the Maleny region where we will go for a bushwalk through a mesmerising remnant old-growth rainforest with giant native trees, many singing birds, pademelons and more. We will follow the bushwalk with a visit to a panoramic lookout where you will experience one of the most stunning and photographed views in Australia, overlooking the picturesque Glass House Mountains. A visit to Maleny wouldn’t be complete without our next stop, which is a chocolate tasting with the region’s best chocolate maker, followed by a walk down the main street of the Maleny village. Another panoramic lookout visit will offer a different view to the last. This time looking out at the entire Sunshine Coast coastline, from Noosa to Caloundra and as far as Moreton Island on a clear day. Our last stop will give you a chance to reflect on this amazing day as you participate in a mountain top wine tasting with ocean views at the local’s favourite winery and vineyard. A ridgeline drive back through Montville and Mapleton will have you back to your accommodation no later than 5:30pm, in time for sunset and dinner.

Sunshine Coast High Tea & Wine Small-Group Private Tour

3. Sunshine Coast High Tea & Wine Small-Group Private Tour

Travel in comfort through the stunning Sunshine Coast Hinterland on this half-day private gastronomical tour with several stops along the way, where you'll sample local chocolates and cheeses and indulge in a high tea fit for a queen. The first stop on the tour is Mapleton Falls. This scenic lookout offers amazing views over the Obi Obi Valley and the top of the lush rainforest canopy. Then enjoy a stop for an elegant high tea at the famous Flaxton Gardens. Look out at the amazing scenic views from the terrace. Choose from coffee, tea, sweets, and savories. Arriving at the Hinterland village of Montville, you'll make your way to the artisan chocolate workshop Chocolate Country and complete your own Belgian chocolate sampler box. Choose from exotic flavors like White Salted Caramel, Dark Chocolate Double Espresso Shot, or Orange and Almond. Take time to stroll around the art galleries and boutiques brimming with local crafts before stopping by Maleny Cheese to sample the flavors that make up their range of boutique cheeses. Served on a platter with a selection of accompaniments, these handcrafted cheeses are made from pure local milk. Next up, pay a visit to The Barrel at Clouds Vineyard, which showcases custom wines from the Granite Belt region of Queensland: chardonnay, shiraz, merlot, and more. Identify the subtle aromas and notes found in the local vino. To end the day, take a few group snaps in the natural beauty of the Glass House Mountains, as seen from Mary Cairncross Rainforest Reserve. After all the indulgence, you'll want to head home for an afternoon nap.

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What people are saying about Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

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4.4 / 5

based on 50 reviews

The Tour was professional, commenced promptly and with traffic holdups was delayed in our return rather than shortening the Tour. There was an intimate group of friendly people on board a very clean tidy 13 seater van :) Brian’s commentary was interesting and demonstrated that he knew the area well. We enjoyed our day and would not hesitate to recommend this Tour to others.

What a lovely day. Brian was friendly and informative throughout the day. The rainforest was very beautiful So much of the day was so memorable....the markets and Noosa were wonderful. This day trip is such a great jam packed day and was thoroughly enjoyable!

Packed itinerary with many places to explore in a day:) I didn't feel rushed at all although we covered so many places. Our guide, Bruce, is very friendly and knowledgeable. A great way to discover Sunshine coast!

Don’t even think twice. It was worth every cent. The driver of the small van was possibly the best guide I’ve ever had as well. Thank you so much!!

Brian was an amazing tour guide! We enjoyed our trip so much ;) Thanks Brian :)