Tin Can Bay

Tin Can Bay dolphins, Courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Population 1920

Tin Can Bay is a well-known fishing and prawning region north- east of Gympie. It was originally known as Tuncanbar to the local Aboriginal people. The town is a relaxing hamlet offering watersports on the quiet waters of Tin Can Bay inlet.

Visitor Information

Cooloola Regional Information Centre, Matilda's Roadhouse Complex, Bruce Hwy, Kybong (15 km S of Gympie); (07) 5483 5554 or 1800 444 222


Nearby national parks

  • Great Sandy National Park

    Great Sandy National Park encompasses World Heritage–listed Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world; nearby Woody Island;...more

  • Noosa National Park

    The natural delights of Noosa National Park include spectacular coastal scenery, wildlife and wildflowers. Rocky headlands protect quiet...more

  • Kondalilla National Park

    Kondalilla, an Aboriginal word meaning ‘rushing waters’, is an apt name for this national park in the Sunshine Coast hinterland,...more

Nearby towns

  • Gympie

    On the banks of the Mary River, north of the Sunshine Coast, is the heritage town of Gympie. It was established when James Nash discovered...more

  • Maryborough

    Maryborough is an attractive city on the banks of the Mary River. Its fine heritage buildings and famous timber Queenslander architecture...more

  • Pomona

    This small and relaxed farming centre is in the northern hinterland of the Sunshine Coast. Mount Cooroora rises 439 metres above the town....more

In Town

Environmental Walkway: a 9.5 km trail for birdwatching on the Tin Can Bay foreshore.

Boat and yacht hire: cruise the inlet and Sandy Strait; Tin Can Bay Marina.

Canoeing: eco-tours down estuaries; (07) 5486 4417.

Norman Point boat ramp: see the dolphins up-close before 10am; access point to waterways.


Rainbow Beach This relaxing coastal town to the east across the inlet offers a pristine sandy beach popular with surfers. The Family Fishing Classic is held here each July. For adventure, try paragliding from the Carlo Sand Blow; bookings on (07) 5486 3048. Tours include dolphin ferry cruises, safaris and 4WD tours. The road south (4WD) leads to the coloured sands and beaches of the Cooloola section of Great Sandy National Park; see Noosa Heads. Rainbow Beach is 41 km E by road.

Carlo Point: great for fishing and swimming. There is also boat access to the inlet, with houseboats and yachts available for hire; 43 km E via Rainbow Beach.

Inskip Point: camp along the point or take the car ferry to Fraser Island; 53 km NE via Rainbow Beach.

Fishing spots near town

Hervey Bay 69 km

Hervey Bay and Fraser Island are inseparably linked to each other and to fishing. Variety and quality of species is a true measure of a fishing destination and here you can catch longtails (northern bluefin tuna),... Find out more

Lake Lenthall 74 km

Anyone who has read about the barramundi boom in Queensland’s impoundments will know about lakes like Awoonga, Faust and Callide. But there are many, less- known waters that also offer excellent fishing, and one of... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Hiking on Fraser Island 36 km

Fraser Island, with its 1653 square kilometres encompassing 200-metre-high sand dunes, 80 beautiful lakes and pockets of rainforest, is a delight for those prepared to put on a pack. Hikers can camp beside some of the... Find out more

Dolphin tours around Hervey Bay 71 km

All year-round Blue Dolphin Marine Tours runs eco-tours to see the two species of dolphin in the area – the bottlenose, and the rare Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin. You have a 95 per cent chance of seeing the... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Noosa Springs Resort 56 km

Laid out across 50 hectares of bushland on the shore of beautiful Lake Weyba, Noosa Springs takes you on a gently rolling journey between rainforest pockets, along the edges of lakes and through bloodwood forest,... Find out more

Palmer Coolum Resort 71 km

Resort courses are sometimes labelled, perhaps unfairly, as all being similar to one another: wide fairways, big undulating greens, large bunker schemes, the obligatory drinks cart. Some might even say a round of golf... Find out more

Twin Waters Golf Club 79 km

By the end of the 1980s, Queensland’s Sunshine Coast had a handful of good member clubs. In the ’90s, as the region became home to Australia’s fastest growing population, more golf courses and more... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Sunshine Coast Brewery 83 km

Queensland’s longest-running microbrewery has been operating from an industrial estate on the outskirts of Maroochydore since 1998. It was established by Jim Robinson and Queensland craft-beer pioneer Graham Howard... Find out more

Campsites around town

Poverty Point camping area 5 km

This simple campground overlooking Tin Can Bay is 13 km south of Rainbow Beach off Rainbow Beach Rd in the Cooloola section. Follow the 4WD access road a further 6 km to reach the site. Bring your own water and firewoood... Find out more

SS Dorrigo camping area 13 km

Within walking distance of the surf beach, this is the closest campground to the entrance of Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area. It is accessible by trailers, caravans and buses, but 4WD is recommended, especially in wet... Find out more

MV Sarawak camping area 13 km

Popular with large groups, this campground off Clarkson Rd is the furthest from the entrance to Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area and can be accessed by road (conventional vehicles, when dry) or beach (4WD). It is... Find out more

MV Beagle camping area 13 km

This small campground is accessible from the road or beach by 4WD only, and is not suitable for caravans, trailers or buses. There are hybrid toilets, and water is available at the service facility on Clarkson Dr in... Find out more

MV Natone camping area 13 km

Accessible from the road or the beach by 4WD only, this campsite is not suitable for caravans, trailers or buses. You can set up camp behind the foredunes and it’s only a short walk to the beach. Water is available... Find out more

Hedleys Campground 14 km

If you’ve never accessed a campsite via canoe, here’s your chance. Set on a creek, Hedleys also has road access through a private property (fees apply, and the road is suitable for conventional vehicles only... Find out more

Log Dump Campground 15 km

The Log Dump on Kauri Creek is the only camping area in the region with a toilet; bring drinking water and untreated firewood, or a gas/fuel stove. You’ll find it 1 km south-east of Tinnanbar Rd, signposted 7 km... Find out more

Freshwater Campground 17 km

Accessible by 4WD only, this campground with 59 sites is 8 km south of Double Island Point off Teewah Beach in Great Sandy’s Cooloola section. The camping area is 500 m from the beach in scribbly gum woodland.... Find out more

Neebs Waterhole camping area (walk-in camping) 17 km

Bush camping for self-sufficient hikers is permitted at Neebs Waterhole, 8.1 km (3 hr walk) south of Mullens carpark on Rainbow Beach Rd in the Cooloola section. It is around 12.5 km north of the Wandi Waterhole camping... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Tin Can Bay Tourist Park 1 km

In a quiet area of Tin Can Bay, this is a good quality park with facilities to suit the discerning tourist. Good value here. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at Christmas and... Find out more

BIG4 Bonny Hills Holiday Park 9 km

This is a popular beachside spot a short walk from the surf club. The park has a popular coffee shop that sells numerous styles of coffee, or the ingredients. We like it here. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more

Wallace Motel & Caravan Park 52 km

This is a good quality park close to the city centre and on the banks of the Mary River. Access is easy from the southern approaches – just across the bridge. It is good value here and there is space for larger... Find out more

BIG4 Noosa Bougainvillia Holiday Park 53 km

With good facilities, this is a quality park opposite the Noosa golf course. It is very popular year-round and a great base for spending a holiday in the Noosa area. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more

Coolum Beach Caravan Park 68 km

This is a popular beachfront holiday park just across the road from the centre of Coolum. Walk to the shops and restaurants, swim at the patrolled beach or soak up the sunshine, or do all three! Bookings are required in... Find out more

Harbour View Caravan Park 70 km

Hervey Bay is a major tourist destination and this owner-operated waterfront park is close to the large marina complex where the whale-watching cruises depart during the season. This is a good park with basic facilities,... Find out more

Happy Wanderer Village Caravan Park 71 km

With more ensuite sites than anything else, this is a large quality park with plenty of shade and excellent facilities to make your Hervey Bay holiday something to remember. It is not far to the waters edge and the boat... Find out more

Fraser Lodge Holiday Park 71 km

Explore Hervey Bay, go whale-watching or relax and enjoy the pool, barbecues, and the ducks in the lake or have a game of tennis at this great park. Set in a quiet street, it is just a short walk to the beach and close... Find out more

Burrum River Caravan Park 78 km

In a quiet location on the banks of the Burrum River, on the south side of Howard, and less than 1 km from the Bruce Highway this is an ideal park for a quiet rest away from the traffic and the beach bustle. There are... Find out more

Mudjimba Beach Caravan Park 78 km

A quality council-operated establishment, this is a neat and well-laid out park in a quieter area just a short stroll from the beach. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies.... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island 58 km

With 1000 beds, and a choice of pools, restaurants and bars, this is the largest accommodation place mentioned in this book, but it has a longstanding reputation as being a positive role model for large ecotourism... Find out more

Emeraldene Inn and Eco-Lodge, Hervey Bay 71 km

The 14 hotel-style rooms here, including two disabled rooms, have solar hot water and an envirocycle treatment system so that all sewage and greywater is treated and reused on site. The lodge has a solid environmental... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Gunalda rest area 44 km

29km N of Gympie (R) or 32km S of Tiaro (L)

Well off the highway among a few trees.

Chatsworth rest area 46 km

6km N of Gympie (L) or 55km S of Tiaro (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Six Mile Creek rest area 47 km

162km N of Brisbane (L) or 6km S of Gympie (R)

Just off the highway on the banks of the creek.

Tiaro camping area 47 km

At Tiaro

Just off the highway via Inman St. Facilities at adjacent town park.

Petrie rest area 49 km

T/O 1km N of Tiaro (L) or 81km S of Childers (R)

Small secluded area 1km west of the highway on a riverbank.

Wongi camping area 71 km

T/O 36km N of Tiaro (L) or 42km S of Childers (R)

Secluded bush setting 10km (unsealed) west of the highway in Wongi State Forest.

What's on around town

Yacht Race: May.

War Birds: model planes and helicopters; May.

Seafood Festival: Sept.

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