A tranquil and picturesque town, situated on the mainland opposite
the southern end of Fraser Island, that has become a popular holiday
getaway. Tin Can Bay is one of o9nly two locations on the Queensland
coast where it is possible to interact with wild dolphins.
Location: 245 km north of Brisbane. It is situated in a sheltered
position within a deep but narrow inlet protected by a peninsula that
juts out from the mainland near Rainbow Beach.
Places of interest: Tin Can Inlet; Snapper Creek; Fraser Island; Great
Sandy Strait; Great Sandy National Park; 9.5-km environmental walkway;
feeding of wild bottlenosed dolphins on most mornings; Fraser Island
step-off point (Inskip Point)
Origin of name: derived from the Aboriginal place name of Tuncanbar,
which is thought to have referred to the dugongs which still frequent
the area, along with the sea turtles, the birds, and the friendly
dolphins which come right in to the shore for a feed.
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European settlement was established here around 1870. The headland,
which reaches out to Norman Point, was the location of one of the
state's earliest railways, which was constructed to transport logs to
the shoreline, from whence they were relayed, via raft, to the mills of
Maryborough. Later Tin Can Bay became, and remains, a fishing village,
centred on prawning