Tin Can Bay

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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Brief history

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

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