Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

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Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve: Our most recommended tours and activities

Sunshine Coast: Hinterland Tour with Snacks and Drinks

1. Sunshine Coast: Hinterland Tour with Snacks and Drinks

Start the day with pickup from your accommodation in Noosa, Mooloolaba, or Alexandra Headland and head straight to the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Immerse yourself in 55 hectares of subtropical rainforest and admire epic views of the Glass House Mountains. From here, visit Maleny, a small but charming town bursting with character and friendly locals. Next, arrive at Gardners Falls, a local favorite that boasts breathtaking vistas. Enjoy a refreshing dip under a glistening waterfall and soak up the beauty of nature. After your swim, stop at Gerrards Lookout where you can marvel at yet more epic Hinterland landscapes. Continue the tour to Montville, arguably the jewel of the Sunshine Coast’s Hinterland. Spend some time exploring this picturesque location, then enjoy a break for lunch. After lunch, visit Mapleton Falls National Park for an epic rainforest walk to an impressive 120-meter high waterfall. At the end of an unforgettable adventure, begin the return journey to your accommodation.

Sunshine Coast: Maleny Gardens & Rainforest Tour with Lunch

2. Sunshine Coast: Maleny Gardens & Rainforest Tour with Lunch

Travel to the Maleny Botanic Gardens and the Mary Cairncross Rainforest Reserve on this tour from Noosa Head. Admire views of the Glasshouse Mountains from the gardens and look for wildlife in a subtropical rainforest. Be picked up from your accommodation in Noosa Heads and enjoy the scenic drive to the Maleny Botanic Gardens which is nestled in the green hills of the Blackhall Range. Marvel at views of the Glasshouse Mountains and stroll through local and exotic flora.  Bask in the tranquility of the Asian garden, climb the treehouse, and stroll beneath an arched walkway. Have the option to purchase tickets to go into the aviary. Refuel with late morning tea and scores before heading to the he Mary Cairncross Scenic Rainforest Reserve. Admire one of the last remnants of subtropical rainforest in the Blackall Range. Listen for the distinctive loud call of the Wompoo fruit dove, the wailing-baby cries of the green catbird, and the call of the almost-invisible paradise riflebird.  Discover a rich ecosystem of bugs, frogs, squirrel gliders, and flying foxes. Finish your day with a stop at the Barrel at Clouds Vineyard for a nice lunch.

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

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 3 reviews

Had such a fantastic day hopping around the Sunshine Coast hinterland on this tour. Got to see some amazing places, had a refreshing swim, ate a delicious lunch in Montville and topped it all off with a great view over a waterfall. Great experience and excellent value!

Informative trip ,excellent guide ,good value ,highly recommend