Tin Can Bay
Tin Can Bay is a seaside town of 1,918 located on a inlet of the Great Sandy Straits.
It is suggested that the town’s name derives from the indigenous word, “Tuncanbar”, thought to refer to the dugongs that frequent the inlet. European settlement began in the 1870s as the point where logs would be floated to the timber mills at Maryborough. Tin Can Bay later became, and still remains, an important fishing port, with a focus on prawns and crabs as well as recreational fishing.
Other recreational facilities include hotels, holiday units and caravan parks, with houseboats and yachts for hire. Active sports facilities include an 18-hole golf course, two bowls clubs, tennis courts and an outdoor swimming pool. The Tin Can Bay Country Club is the main recreational focus for residents and visitors serving Tin Can Bay, Cooloola Cove and Rainbow Beach areas.
An important tourist feature is the regular arrival of wild Indo-Pacific dolphins which usually appear early mornings next to the boat ramp. These dolphins can be hand fed under close supervision.
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