Tannum Sands is a coastal town on the Central East Coast of
Queensland, Australia. At the 2006 census, Tannum Sands had a
population of 4,139. The population of Tannum Sands and neighbouring
twin town Boyne Island is approaching 10,000. The two localities are
separated only by the Boyne River.
Tannum Sands is primarily a tourist and residential town. It has a
patrolled beach and is well known as a fishing venue with access to the
Great Barrier Reef, the Boyne River and Lake Awoonga. It is a major
residential area for the nearby Boyne Island Aluminium Smelter and
Boyne Island and Tannum Sands is also home to the Boyne Tannum
Hookup, Australia's Largest Family fishing event held on the Queens
Birthday long weekend. The event is held at Bray Park. This event is
very popular with more than 3,000 entrants entering into it.
Kiteboarding is a rapidly growing sport in the region, with Tannum
Sands becoming a nationally renowned location. The sport is promoted
annually with the Coconet Classic, which was formerly the National
Kiteboarding Titles, but is now an open event held during the Easter
Wild Cattle Island
Located to the south of Tannum Sands and the City of Gladstone, Wild
Cattle Island National Park comprises two low vegetated sand islands
separated by mangroves and intertidal creeks and flats. The 580 ha park
is part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and is important
habitat for endangered migratory birds and nesting sea turtles.
Wild Cattle Creek separates the park from the mainland on the parks
western side. At low tide the creek dries and visitors can walk 600 m
across the creek to the park from Wild Cattle Creek boat ramp or the
southern creek access path of Millenium Esplanade. Visitors will need
to time their arrival and departure to coincide with low tides.
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Visitors can enjoy a quiet camp behind the dunes, a picnic on the
wide sweeping beach on the parks eastern boundary or explore the
estuaries and creeks for a spot of fishing.
There are no formed walking tracks on the island. Visitors are
welcome to explore the vine scrub, woodlands and foreshore but must be
self sufficient and well prepared.
The area south of the Boyne River was originally known as Wild
Cattle and had been a popular fishing and picnic location for the
people of Boyne Island, but remained unsettled due to its
inaccessibility. Closer settlement began in the late 1930s when 12
beach front lots were auctioned. The Town received its name when a
group of children returned from a Sunday School picnic to the beach
quite sunburnt. The comment was made "we can really tan 'um over
there." One of the people present worked for the Queensland Land
Department thought it would be a good name for the area and registered
the name. Closer settlement began in the late 1930s when 12 beach front
lots were auctioned.