Mary Cairncross Reserve

Mary Cairncross Reserve


Biodiversity is the variety of all life plants, animals, fungi and microorganisms.

The Sunshine Coast has rich biodiversity including native plants, animals and ecosystems. You can see this throughout our natural areas set within rural and urban landscapes.

Our subtropical climate and breadth of landforms support our plants and animals. The Sunshine Coast is home to 117 threatened plant and animal species. For example, the koala and unique Buderim holly.

Scientists and most governments acknowledge that the world is facing unprecedented biodiversity loss, with huge numbers of species on the brink of extinction. In response, today’s community continue to strongly value and appreciate the region’s plants and animals, which is demonstrated by having one of the most active community conservation networks in the state.

Our Land for Wildlife Program is the largest run by a local government in Queensland. It has more than 1300 private landowners managing wildlife habitat on their properties.

You can experience our region’s biodiversity through a range of nature-based recreation activities.

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