Tin Can Bay is situated at the southern end of the Great Sandy Strait at the bottom of Fraser Island. Protected waters provide more days on the boat. There's many a great fishing spot, and the crabs up here are abundant!
Things To See And Do
Tin Can Bay is well known for it's Dolphin feeding. The Dolphins normally visit the Norman Point boat ramp between 7:30 - 8:00am.
Bay To Bay Yacht Race
Annually, the first weekend in May sees Tin Can Bay host the start of the largest trailer yacht race in Queensland. The “Bay to Bay” gets underway near the entrance to Snapper Creek and entrants races their way up the beautiful Great Sandy Strait over 2 days finishing off at Urangan Boat Harbour. On the eve of the race, the marina comes alive with over 90 trailer-yachts putting the final touches on their pride and joys in an attempt to take out the prestigious event. www.herveybaysailingclub.org.au
Offering a wide range of variety stalls and fresh produce the Tin Can Bay Markets are held on the 3rd Saturday of each month on the foreshores of the inlet less than 1 kilometre from the marina.
For The Active Or Passive
While in Tin Can Bay, you can take a well posted foreshore and wildflower walk, stretching from Norman Point in the north to Crab Creek in the south. The foreshore also has many designated picnic and seating areas to rest along the way. The kids aren’t forgotten either with some great playground equipment and a first class skateboard park dotted along the foreshore. Five minutes’ walk from the Marina is the local library and as well as a huge selection of hard copy literature; the library also provides computers and internet facilities to locals and visitors.
Straight From The Trawler
A five minute walk from the marina is Lees Fisheries. Lees are supplied all year round by the local trawlers providing the freshest local seafood on offer. So if it is a taste of the Bay’s finest catch you are after, stroll on down and titillate your taste buds.
On the fringe of Tin Can Bay is the Tin Can Bay Country and Golf Club www.tcbcc.com.au , facilities include 18 hole golf course, 2 first class grass bowling greens, 7 day dining and weekend entertainment. One phone call and the courtesy bus will pick you up from the marina.
Catch Your Own
Coastwide Fishing and Boat Charters is located right here at the marina. www.coastwide-charters.com is one of the many marine charter businesses in the area so if you are looking to hire a dinghy, take a cruise or get out on the water and land “the big one”, you will find exactly what you are looking for at Tin Can Bay.
Providing all the information on what to do in the area, Tin Can Bay Information Centre is just across the street from the marina. Tin Can Bay provides much more than just a safe haven for you and your boat so why not find out all the area has to offer and log on to www.tincanbaytourism.org.au
The sleepy village of Tin Can Bay is within easy reach of Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. The Beacon to Beacon (edition 8) features Tin Can Bay Marina on maps 43 and 45.
Tin Can Bay is situated at the southern end of the Great Sandy Strait, in the Tin Can Inlet, at the bottom of Fraser Island. The area provides for great boating in a wide variety of weather conditions and has a great reputation for fishing.
Getting Here By Boat
Latitude 25° 55' 0" S - Longitude 153° 0" 0" E
Be aware that water depth in some areas is limited to 2.1m. On entering Snapper Creek keep green markers approximately 10 to 15 meters off your starboard side. Keep the vessels on swing-moorings on your starboard side as the green marker is a bit hard to see. Let us know you're coming and we'll assist in any way we can.
Getting Here By Car
Travelling north from Brisbane on the Bruce highway, as you come to Gympie, turn right onto Tin Can Bay Road towards the coast. From there it’s a 35 minute drive to Tin Can Bay.
Southbound travellers on the Bruce Highway should go through Maryborough. The Cooloola Coast road will take you to Tin Can Bay Road where you go left and follow it to Tin Can Bay.
Once in Tin Can Bay, look for the left turn at Oyster Parade. Tin Can Bay Marina is on the corner of Oyster Parade and Emperor Street.
Access To Airports
Hervey Bay airport is 110km drive to the north. Hire cars are available at the airport. Maroochydore airport is 120km to the south and have daily services with the major airlines to Sydney, Melbourne and many regional airports. Facilities and services at this airport are more comprehensive than Hervey Bay. Brisbane International airport is 220km south down the highway.
Gympie is the closest Rail Station 50km to the west. A city service runs out of Brisbane, (and from Brisbane Airport) as well as Country Trains heading to and from the north. Visit the Queensland Rail website here.