Sharing a little slice of heaven, that is the Sunshine Coast
Published October 26th 2012
The park that has you covered and not just by shady trees
We really are very lucky here on the Sunshine Coast with our beautiful coast line, some might even go as far to say that it's the home to some of the best beaches in South East Queensland. This being said, sometimes our beautiful hinterland can be overlooked and it's here I would have to add that we quite possibly have some of the most picturesque hinterland as well. Yes, I know your probably thinking why would you deliberately drive in the opposite direction to the coast line when there are so many beautiful beaches right here on your door step? My answer to that would be you obviously haven't taken the scenic drive up through the mountains and experienced what the beautiful Sunshine Coast hinterland has to offer.
One of the places well worth the visit is Mary Cairncross Park. This tranquil park has it all on offer, from its beautiful views over the stunning Glass House Mountains, a cafe, BBQ areas and tables to its bush walks, Education Centre and playground. It's the perfect place to take a stopover on your Sunday drive, have a family BBQ or just come to relax with a good book and take in all the surroundings. This park really is your 'play ground' and you can decide exactly how it is you want to enjoy it.
If it's a family outing on a budget that you are looking for then Mary Cairncross Park gives you the perfect opportunity to do so. Why not pack a picnic lunch or bring a few snags to throw on the barbie and dig out that old cricket or badminton set we all have tucked away in the garage and get a game going in the huge open grassed area? The kids will also enjoy the humble but imaginatively set out Education Centre, the home to some prehistoric and native wildlife. Gold coin donations are also welcome here to help preserve and improve these facilities and keep the park in its pristine condition, so do feel free to do your part in helping that happen.
If exploring and getting to know your surroundings is more up your ally, then why not take one of the bush walks? I recommend the Butterfly walk especially during spring and summer, be sure to keep your eyes peeled and your camera ready, you just never know what little creatures that inhabit the area may want to poke their heads out and say hello. The walks here are quite easy and suitable for most ages, covered shoes aren't essential but are a great idea and some mozzie repellent is a good item to keep on hand if you decide to go a little later in the afternoon.
The park also features toilet and bin facilities to ensure we leave this unique park the way we found it. There are also designated parking spaces and wheel chair access, however these facilities are limited and you may find yourself needing to park along the road side. This I found only added to my experience as I was able to take the opportunity to get some great photos of the Glasshouse Mountains and enjoy the walk and fresh air, which is why I chose to come and explore this beautiful space to begin with.
The lovely little cafe is great for a quick pit stop if you're passing by and in need of a coffee or a snack for the road. However if you're looking for something a little more filling then why not dine in and enjoy something homemade from the menu or a freshly made gourmet sandwich from the cabinet? Don't despair however, if it's a sweet tooth you need to satisfy; because they have that covered as well with their tempting range of homemade cakes and goodies, including gluten free options.
So weather it's adventure, spectacular views, a family outing, a pit stop or you're looking for a quiet place to relax and get away from it all, Mary Cairncorss Park not only has you covered with its huge shady trees but also as your next must visit destination on the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland.