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Tin Can Bay

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Tin Can Bay is a town in south east Queensland, This seaside town is located on a deep but narrow sheltered inlet in the Gympie Local Government Area, 218 kilometres north of the state capital, Brisbane.

It is suggested that the town's name derives from the indigenous word, "Tuncanbar", thought to refer to the dugongs that frequent the inlet. European settlement began in the 1870s as the point where logs would be floated to the timber mills at Maryborough. Tin Can Bay later became, and still remains, an important fishing port, with a focus on prawns as well as recreational fishing. There is an excellent public boat ramp into Snapper Creek with boat-washing facilities and ample trailer parking.

Tin Can Bay is the nearest town to the Australian Army's Wide Bay Training Area and a vehicular ferry operates at nearby Inskip Point providing access to Fraser Island.

The seaside town is a popular holiday destination and launch pad to the aquatic playground of the Great Sandy Strait - a pristine waterway protected by World Heritage listed Fraser Island. The area is a Ramsar Convention Wetland of International Importance. Other recreational facilities include hotels, holiday units and caravan parks, with houseboats and yachts for hire and a marina. Active sports facilities include an 18-hole golf course, two bowls clubs, tennis courts and an outdoor swimming pool. The Tin Can Bay Country Club is the main recreational focus for residents and visitors serving Tin Can Bay, Cooloola Cove and Rainbow Beach areas of Cooloola Shire, Queensland, Australia.

An important tourist feature is the regular arrival of wild Indo-Pacific dolphins which usually appear early mornings next to the Norman Point boat ramp. These dolphins can be hand fed under close supervision.

Each September the town hosts the Tin Can Bay Seafood Festival a day of family fun, with entertainment, novelty competitions such as mullet throwing and prawn eating, helicopter joy flights over the bay, seafood and market stalls. Other events throughout the year include the Bay to Bay Yacht Race, Dragonboat Regatta, Cooloola Coast Flower Show and the Foreshore Family Carnival from Boxing Day to New Year's Eve.

Marina and Houseboat/Yacht charter facilities reflect the predominance of water-based activities for visitors wishing to explore the Great Sandy Straits from Inskip Point to Hervey Bay, a beautiful waterway protected by Fraser Island.

Get there by Air Regional airports are on the Sunshine coast and Hervey Bay giving easy access from the southern capitals.
By Bus Coaches leave the Airport or Transit Bus/Rail centre in Brisbane and travel north via Gympie. Contact Greyhound Bus Service. Polleys run twice daily from Gympie to Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach.

By Train There is a daily service from the Brisbane Transit centre stopping at Gympie for transfer to Polleys Coaches. Contact Queensland Rail

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