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Six Walks for Wheelchairs and Strollers on the Sunshine Coast

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by Elaine (subscribe)
Impromptu adventuring, exploring our backyard and then putting pen to paper, hoping to entice you to try one, if not all, of our escapades, is my true reward!
Published August 8th 2020
Roll up, roll up, it's outdoor time
Walks for Wheelchairs and Strollers, variety of paths, dramatic scenery, nature lovers, away from crowds, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny, Rainforest Discovery Centre, Glass House Mountains, Russell Family Park, Montville, picnic, BBQ, Girraween Criterium Circuit, Noosa Heads, Imbil State Forest, Fig Tree Walk, Kenilworth, Little Yabba Park, Kenilworth Country Foods, Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary Boardwalk, Bli Bli, McMartins Strawberry Farm and Strawberry Lane Ice Creamery, Bushland Sculpture Garden, Maroochy Botanic Garden, Tanawha
It is possible for everybody to get up close and personal with nature - Image: Beeki to Pixabay License


No matter where you are on the Sunshine Coast, there are always 'walks' close at hand. Walkers can explore a variety of tracks and trails, all promising new and dramatic scenery. As nature lovers, we can get away from the crowds and marvel at our spectacular surrounds, whether it be beachside, wetlands or forest environments. Most of us tend to take these walks for granted, but for some taking a 'walk' can prove to be more than challenging, especially when confined to a wheelchair or pushing a stroller. These six walks are in some of the most spectacular panoramic regions of the Sunshine Coast, making it possible for everybody to get up close and personal with nature.

1. Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, 148 Mountain View Road, Maleny
Interpretive Boardwalk | 0.2km length circuit

Suitable for walkers, strollers and wheelchairs


The main natural attraction of the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve is the magnificent remnant rainforest and of course, the to-die-for views of the Glass House Mountains.

Walks for Wheelchairs and Strollers, variety of paths, dramatic scenery, nature lovers, away from crowds, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny, Rainforest Discovery Centre, Glass House Mountains, Russell Family Park, Montville, picnic, BBQ, Girraween Criterium Circuit, Noosa Heads, Imbil State Forest, Fig Tree Walk, Kenilworth, Little Yabba Park, Kenilworth Country Foods, Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary Boardwalk, Bli Bli, McMartins Strawberry Farm and Strawberry Lane Ice Creamery, Bushland Sculpture Garden, Maroochy Botanic Garden, Tanawha
To-die-for views of the Glass House Mountains! Image: Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve FB


The Rainforest Discovery Centre was opened as recently as 2017 and is the main access point into the rainforest and the rainforest walks. The Discovery Centre provides a detailed interpretive experience of the Scenic Reserve's environment and is well worth stopping by for an informative browse. Venture through the Discovery Centre to a rising boardwalk that gently curves through the forest, before leading back to level 2 of the Centre and out onto a viewing platform of the Glass House Mountains. Wheelchair users and strollers can access the lift to go down to the Mountain View Cafe.

Walks for Wheelchairs and Strollers, variety of paths, dramatic scenery, nature lovers, away from crowds, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny, Rainforest Discovery Centre, Glass House Mountains, Russell Family Park, Montville, picnic, BBQ, Girraween Criterium Circuit, Noosa Heads, Imbil State Forest, Fig Tree Walk, Kenilworth, Little Yabba Park, Kenilworth Country Foods, Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary Boardwalk, Bli Bli, McMartins Strawberry Farm and Strawberry Lane Ice Creamery, Bushland Sculpture Garden, Maroochy Botanic Garden, Tanawha
Relax with a coffee! Image: Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve FB


After the walk, visitors can either relax at the cafe with a coffee and light refreshments or enjoy a picnic out on the open lawned area, whilst the shy pademelons, who call this area home, look on with just a touch of curiosity.

Walks for Wheelchairs and Strollers, variety of paths, dramatic scenery, nature lovers, away from crowds, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny, Rainforest Discovery Centre, Glass House Mountains, Russell Family Park, Montville, picnic, BBQ, Girraween Criterium Circuit, Noosa Heads, Imbil State Forest, Fig Tree Walk, Kenilworth, Little Yabba Park, Kenilworth Country Foods, Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary Boardwalk, Bli Bli, McMartins Strawberry Farm and Strawberry Lane Ice Creamery, Bushland Sculpture Garden, Maroochy Botanic Garden, Tanawha
Naturally shy pademelon - Image: Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve FB


Visitors can purchase souvenirs at the kiosk, including books featuring the flora and fauna of this oasis of tranquillity and serenity. An awesome trip into the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
Facilities include disabled toilets.

2. Russell Family Park, 196 - 198 Main Street, Montville
Easy Grade 0.8km length circuit

Suitable for walkers, prams, wheelchairs and recreational cyclists


I recently wrote about the wheelchair and family-friendly, Russell Family Park in the heart of Montville. This newly developed 7.3ha park features its own wooden bandstand (the kids were using it to ride their skateboards); an authentic windmill; two lakes with signed heritage walking paths and wonderfully lawned hills for children to safely roll and romp down. At the northern end of Russell Family Park is a flying fox that even adults can enjoy.

Walks for Wheelchairs and Strollers, variety of paths, dramatic scenery, nature lovers, away from crowds, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny, Rainforest Discovery Centre, Glass House Mountains, Russell Family Park, Montville, picnic, BBQ, Girraween Criterium Circuit, Noosa Heads, Imbil State Forest, Fig Tree Walk, Kenilworth, Little Yabba Park, Kenilworth Country Foods, Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary Boardwalk, Bli Bli, McMartins Strawberry Farm and Strawberry Lane Ice Creamery, Bushland Sculpture Garden, Maroochy Botanic Garden, Tanawha
Russell Park is an awesome wheelchair and family-friendly park in the heart of Montville!


Russell Family Park is the perfect escape from the crowds of Main Street in Montville and it certainly has the advantage of being able to walk off all the delectable coffee and cake enjoyed at one of the many Main Street cafes and restaurants. Take a stroll through the park and enjoy one of the many benches, overlooking the water whilst the ducks and local birdlife provide a constant stage of viewing pleasure.

Walks for Wheelchairs and Strollers, variety of paths, dramatic scenery, nature lovers, away from crowds, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny, Rainforest Discovery Centre, Glass House Mountains, Russell Family Park, Montville, picnic, BBQ, Girraween Criterium Circuit, Noosa Heads, Imbil State Forest, Fig Tree Walk, Kenilworth, Little Yabba Park, Kenilworth Country Foods, Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary Boardwalk, Bli Bli, McMartins Strawberry Farm and Strawberry Lane Ice Creamery, Bushland Sculpture Garden, Maroochy Botanic Garden, Tanawha
Pack a picnic, with views like this, you won't want to leave ...


Pack a picnic and/or BBQ supplies and enjoy a delightful lunch at one of Russell Family Park's many undercover picnic spots. A fabulous day out!
Facilities include toilets.

3. Girraween Criterium Circuit, Noosa Heads
Easy Grade 0.9km length circuit

Suitable for recreational cyclists, especially beginners


The Girraween Criterium Cycling Track is a 914 metre self-contained road circuit for criterium races and offers wheelchair users, kids on foot, bikes, scooters, skates and boards and prams too, the ideal safe recreational and training venue, free from vehicles. The track is ideal for social and training rides, catering for all level of skill and fitness.

Walks for Wheelchairs and Strollers, variety of paths, dramatic scenery, nature lovers, away from crowds, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny, Rainforest Discovery Centre, Glass House Mountains, Russell Family Park, Montville, picnic, BBQ, Girraween Criterium Circuit, Noosa Heads, Imbil State Forest, Fig Tree Walk, Kenilworth, Little Yabba Park, Kenilworth Country Foods, Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary Boardwalk, Bli Bli, McMartins Strawberry Farm and Strawberry Lane Ice Creamery, Bushland Sculpture Garden, Maroochy Botanic Garden, Tanawha
The Girraween Circuit is open to the public! Images: Sunshine Coast Council FB


This nice little paved loop offers easy parking, great proximity to town and the stunning bush surrounds provide the perfect nature add-on!
Facilities include drinking water, picnic table and toilets on site.

4. Imbil State Forest : Fig Tree Walk, Maleny-Kenilworth Rd, Kenilworth
Grade 1, 1.0km length circuit

The Fig Tree component of this walk is wheelchair accessible


Take a leisurely stroll through the lush riverine rainforest of the Imbil State Forest, its magnificent canopy filled with Moreton Bay fig trees, Piccabeen palms, flooded gums and white cedar trees.

Walks for Wheelchairs and Strollers, variety of paths, dramatic scenery, nature lovers, away from crowds, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny, Rainforest Discovery Centre, Glass House Mountains, Russell Family Park, Montville, picnic, BBQ, Girraween Criterium Circuit, Noosa Heads, Imbil State Forest, Fig Tree Walk, Kenilworth, Little Yabba Park, Kenilworth Country Foods, Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary Boardwalk, Bli Bli, McMartins Strawberry Farm and Strawberry Lane Ice Creamery, Bushland Sculpture Garden, Maroochy Botanic Garden, Tanawha
The Fig Tree circuit leads through the rainforest! Image: Ross Naumann, www.parks.des.qld.gov.au


Little Yabba Park lies just south of Kenilworth on the highway towards Cambroon. The Sunshine Coast Hinterland Poetry Trail has a superb 'Buttress Root' sculpture located in the park, which is worth stopping by for a read of the inspirational poetry inscribed on the surface, whilst listening to the creek trickling over the rocks and the birds singing in the trees.

Little Yabba Creek straddles both sides of Maleny-Kenilworth Road with an underpass connecting both sides so there's no need to cross the highway. Amenities and a picnic area are available, with access to Little Yabba Creek to be found along sections of the bank. A short walk across the bridge will take walkers to the wheelchair-accessible Fig Tree Walk. This is where nature lovers will discover an enviable variety of forest wildlife as well as an impressive number of fig trees, with mammoth buttress roots, securing them to the forest floor.

Walks for Wheelchairs and Strollers, variety of paths, dramatic scenery, nature lovers, away from crowds, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny, Rainforest Discovery Centre, Glass House Mountains, Russell Family Park, Montville, picnic, BBQ, Girraween Criterium Circuit, Noosa Heads, Imbil State Forest, Fig Tree Walk, Kenilworth, Little Yabba Park, Kenilworth Country Foods, Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary Boardwalk, Bli Bli, McMartins Strawberry Farm and Strawberry Lane Ice Creamery, Bushland Sculpture Garden, Maroochy Botanic Garden, Tanawha
Discover mammoth buttress roots! Image: Ross Naumann, www.parks.des.qld.gov.au


After completing the one kilometre Fig Tree Walk, head into Kenilworth and sample some of the local cheese and yoghurt at Kenilworth Country Foods, one of Queensland's last privately owned cheese factories. The decision by a young Danish man, Peter (Poppa) Hansen, nearly one hundred years ago to leave his homeland and seek his fortune in Australia, still means a lot to Kenilworth residents. The quirky little hinterland town of Kenilworth is worth taking a stroll around, as there are many gift shops and cafes to spend some leisurely time in.
Facilities at Fig Tree Walk include toilets on site, but no drinking water.

5. Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary Boardwalk, Sports Road, Bli Bli
Easy Grade 2.0km return sealed boardwalk

Suitable for wheelchairs, walkers and prams

The 2km boardwalk through the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary, makes it easy to explore the wet and dry eucalypt forests, rainforest, melaleuca forest, casuarina woodland, salt marsh and the mangroves.

Walks for Wheelchairs and Strollers, variety of paths, dramatic scenery, nature lovers, away from crowds, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny, Rainforest Discovery Centre, Glass House Mountains, Russell Family Park, Montville, picnic, BBQ, Girraween Criterium Circuit, Noosa Heads, Imbil State Forest, Fig Tree Walk, Kenilworth, Little Yabba Park, Kenilworth Country Foods, Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary Boardwalk, Bli Bli, McMartins Strawberry Farm and Strawberry Lane Ice Creamery, Bushland Sculpture Garden, Maroochy Botanic Garden, Tanawha
A diversity of plant life piques one's interest at the Wetlands ...


Within this wetland, life thrives inland on the edge of the sea, which is alternately flooded by freshwater and salt tides. One of south-east Queensland's largest groups of Mangrove Ferns grows in these wetlands. The Maroochy Wetlands boast five different crab species, including the fiddler crab, with its very distinct large orange pincer claw. The best viewing times for the fiddler crab is at low tide.

The Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary provides a haven to at least two hundred species of native birds and gloriously-coloured butterflies, as well as other fauna that calls the wetlands home.

Walks for Wheelchairs and Strollers, variety of paths, dramatic scenery, nature lovers, away from crowds, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny, Rainforest Discovery Centre, Glass House Mountains, Russell Family Park, Montville, picnic, BBQ, Girraween Criterium Circuit, Noosa Heads, Imbil State Forest, Fig Tree Walk, Kenilworth, Little Yabba Park, Kenilworth Country Foods, Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary Boardwalk, Bli Bli, McMartins Strawberry Farm and Strawberry Lane Ice Creamery, Bushland Sculpture Garden, Maroochy Botanic Garden, Tanawha
Early morning is a great time to spot the spectacular native birds - Image: Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary Support Group FB


The best time to visit the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary is usually early morning or at dusk for bird sightings, but it's advisable to slip-slap-slop with mozzie repellant. Personally, we have visited during summer and have found ourselves being blanketed with mosquitoes and much prefer visiting during the drier/cooler months of winter, when the mozzies are not so abundant.

Facilities at Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary include toilets on site, but no drinking water.

Walks for Wheelchairs and Strollers, variety of paths, dramatic scenery, nature lovers, away from crowds, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny, Rainforest Discovery Centre, Glass House Mountains, Russell Family Park, Montville, picnic, BBQ, Girraween Criterium Circuit, Noosa Heads, Imbil State Forest, Fig Tree Walk, Kenilworth, Little Yabba Park, Kenilworth Country Foods, Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary Boardwalk, Bli Bli, McMartins Strawberry Farm and Strawberry Lane Ice Creamery, Bushland Sculpture Garden, Maroochy Botanic Garden, Tanawha
Walkways are beautifully maintained ...


McMartins Strawberry Farm and Strawberry Lane Ice Creamery neighbours the Maroochy Wetlands and makes for a fun stop-off for light, everything strawberry, refreshments.

6. Bushland Sculpture Garden at Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, Palm Creek Road, Tanawha
900m well-developed pathways

Suitable for wheelchairs, strollers and walkers


The Sculpture Garden Walk within the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden is a 900m stroll on well-developed paths, making it totally accessible for wheelchairs and strollers. There is only a small section with a steeper slope and another that has stones in the pathway. There are a range of undercover picnic facilities available throughout the gardens, with plenty of shade. I might also add that Maroochy Botanic Garden has become one of the most popular locations to play 'hide and seek' with kindness rocks.

Walks for Wheelchairs and Strollers, variety of paths, dramatic scenery, nature lovers, away from crowds, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny, Rainforest Discovery Centre, Glass House Mountains, Russell Family Park, Montville, picnic, BBQ, Girraween Criterium Circuit, Noosa Heads, Imbil State Forest, Fig Tree Walk, Kenilworth, Little Yabba Park, Kenilworth Country Foods, Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary Boardwalk, Bli Bli, McMartins Strawberry Farm and Strawberry Lane Ice Creamery, Bushland Sculpture Garden, Maroochy Botanic Garden, Tanawha
Lush green gardens and paved walkways makes for a great outing for wheelchairs and strollers


Domestic animals, such as dogs, are NOT permitted in the gardens as once the resident koalas get a 'sniff' of the dogs, they tend to relocate to safer environs; locals would prefer the koalas to remain resident within the Botanic Garden.
Facilities include toilets but no litter bins - please take your litter home with you.

Walks for Wheelchairs and Strollers, variety of paths, dramatic scenery, nature lovers, away from crowds, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny, Rainforest Discovery Centre, Glass House Mountains, Russell Family Park, Montville, picnic, BBQ, Girraween Criterium Circuit, Noosa Heads, Imbil State Forest, Fig Tree Walk, Kenilworth, Little Yabba Park, Kenilworth Country Foods, Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary Boardwalk, Bli Bli, McMartins Strawberry Farm and Strawberry Lane Ice Creamery, Bushland Sculpture Garden, Maroochy Botanic Garden, Tanawha
The Sculpture Gardens are a favourite location for 'hide and seek' with painted rocks!


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Your Comment
Wow! Such a comprehensive list Elaine...
by Barry (score: 3|2236) 308 days ago
Hi Elaine, Thanks for posting our walks on yourlist... just a small correction... Mary Cairncross does not hire out wheelchairs.
by lisa. (score: 0|5) 307 days ago
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