About 5 kms east of Maleny is the intersection of the Landsborough-Maleny Road and Mountain view Road. If visitors head west along Mountain View Rd they will soon come across Mary Cairncross Reserve which preserves 52 hectares of the natural rain forest which once covered the Blackall Range. It contains a remarkable array of native fauna and flora, including the pygmy mouse, bats, bush rats, possums, pademelons, wallabies, gliders, bandicoots, echidnae, geckos, goannas, skinks, bearded dragons, pythons and a plenitude of bird species such as brush turkeys, Willie wagtails, the black-faced flycatcher, the eastern whip-bird, the stain bower-bird, kookaburras, parrots, Rosellas, owls, currawongs, pigeons, lorikeets, kites, goshawks, and the rifle bird. The holes which can be seen in the ground have probably been dug by spiders, giant earthworms, pademelons or bandicoots.
Flora includes 107 tree species, 30 herb species, 26 shrub species, 50 vine species, 50 ferns/epiphytes, over 20 fungi, plus palms, orchids, lichen and mosses. A large, hollow strangler fig is 400-500 years old and there are two rose gums aged 350-400 years.
The reserve has 1.7 km of wheelchair friendly walking trails, complete with three identification tags. There are picnic tables, barbecue facilities, a children’s playground, toilets, a kiosk, a ranger in attendance and a the entrance, the Thynne natural History education Centre, which is staffed by well – informed volunteers.
It is open daily and guided walks can be arranged.