Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve comprises 52 hectares of National Estate listed subtropical rainforest overlooking the Glasshouse Mountains.
It is a remnant of the rainforests that once covered the Blackall Range.
This forest, has over 2 kilometres of walking tracks, boardwalks and viewing platforms within the Reserve.
In addition to this there are ….
- Education Centre with rainforest interpretive displays
- Picnic tables and barbeques (gas supplied)
- Children’s playground and open recreation space suitable for ball games
- Toilets, including disabled toilets
- Breathtaking views of the Glasshouse Mountains
Directions: 148 Mountain View Road Maleny
Located on Kondalilla Falls Road, Montville – Kondalilla National Park (327 ha) derives its name from an Aboriginal word meaning rushing waters. Kondalilla Falls, where Skene Creek drops 90 meters into a valley of rainforest, is a spectacular sight. Check out Walks – Kondalilla National Park.
Picnic Creek circuit 1.7 km.
Allow 45 min to 1 hour from the picnic area. Class 3 track – Moderate
This easy walk crosses Picnic Creek (400 m), passes through tall eucalypt forest and patches of wet sclerophyll – a mix of eucalypt and rainforest species. Enjoy views over the valley from a lookout point.
Kondalilla Falls circuit 4.7 km.
Allow 1.5 – 2 hours from the picnic area. Class 4 track – Moderate to Hard.
This walk follows the Picnic Creek circuit down the escarpment and includes a lookout with views of Kondalilla Falls. A reasonable level of fitness required – uphill section with over 150 steps. It winds down through the rainforest to the base of the waterfall and continues back up the ridge where you can see emergent bunya pines with their distinctive symmetrical dome shapes. The walk then brings you to the rock pool above the waterfall on Skene Creek. Continue back up the escarpment to Picnic Creek circuit back to the picnic area.
The Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk winds through the scenic Blackall Range, approximately 90km north of Brisbane.
The great walk’s multiple access points (Baroon Pocket, Kondalilla National Park, Mapleton Falls National Park & Mapleton National Park) offer diverse walking opportunities including—58 km walk with overnight bush camps; multiple full day walks, day walks and half-day walks.
The walk encompasses gorges, waterfalls, rock pools, scenic views, warm subtropical rainforest and tall open eucalypt forest, with more than 100 species of birds, about 70 reptile species and more than 30 frog species recorded.
Baroon Pocket Dam to Baroon Lookout — 2.2 km one way
(allow 1–2 hrs.) Class 3.
One half day walk starts at Baroon Pocket dam (a short 10-minute drive from our residence) on Baroon Pocket Road.
This walk passes through open woodland ridges and crosses bridges and boardwalks over palm- and vine-forested streams. The Narrows Lookout provides a unique view over the Narrows Gorge. Further up the track a boardwalk is in place to protect the habitat of the rare hip-pocket frog Assa darlingtoni. The Baroon lookout offers views of Obi Obi Gorge, Baroon Pocket Dam and its catchment.