The Discovery Centre, which opened in 2017, has a cafe, a viewing platform for scenic views across the Glass House Mountains, a gently sloping boardwalk for a glimpse of life in the rainforest canopy, and educational displays within the centre.
View across the Glasshouse Mountains from the Discovery Centre
The track takes you past giant strangler figs, and interesting wildlife such as trapdoor spiders. If you go early in the morning there is a good chance you will see pademelons, and it isn't unusual to come across carpet pythons as they make their way across the track.
A pademelon joey out of the pouch but being a bit shy
Other snakes such as red bellied black snakes and rough scaled snakes are often seen around the reserve. Staff and volunteers at the Discovery Centre are often aware of where they are soaking up the sun, and are happy to show visitors if they ask about them.
Flying foxes often roost at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve during the day
Adjacent to the Discovery Centre and Rainforest Walk is an area of parkland that includes an adventure playground with a range of equipment for kids of various ages. There are also a number of picnic tables and a water bubbler. The Discovery Centre has ample, clean amenities.
Part of the adventure playground at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve