Tin Can Bay is a fishing and boating utopia where Australian humpback whales and dolphins swim along the Cooloola Coast. Bounded on the east by the Great Sandy Strait, Tin Can Bay is known for its birdwatching and famous Tin Can Bay Seafood Festival.
Things to do in Tin Can Bay
Want to see dolphins? Visit the Barnacles Dolphin Centre to get up close to the area’s most iconic animal. Go in the early morning, purchase fish from the site and feed the dolphins in the wading pool. When you’re finished, enjoy a cafe-style meal and refreshments from the adjoining Barnacles Cafe.
Hire a boat to get out on the calm waters of Tin Can Inlet and the Great Sandy Strait. Pick out a motor, pontoon or sailboat from Tin Can Bay Boat Hire and head out for a day of sightseeing, fishing or sailing. Alternatively, rent a runabout from Ace Caravan Park to explore the inlet.
If you’re visiting in September, don’t miss the Tin Can Bay Seafood Festival. Participate in a renowned fishing competition, go for a helicopter ride, enjoy the seafood demonstrations or check out the arts and crafts show. A fashion parade and fireworks complete this family-friendly event.
Stroll down the environmental walkway, running less than 10 kilometres down the foreshore of Snapper Creek and Tin Can Inlet. Explore the bushland then transition onto a raised wooden pathway that takes you through native flora and leads to the Pink Bloodwood and the Foreshore Bird Walk, an ideal location for birdwatching.
Getting around Tin Can Bay
Driving your own vehicle is the easiest way to get around Tin Can Bay, which is less than 220 kilometres north of Brisbane. A vehicular ferry operates services to Fraser Island from Inskip Point.