Tin Can Bay: Queensland's Hidden Holiday Gem

Tin Can Bay is Australia’s northernmost coastal town, located just south of Fraser Island. The township derives its name from the bay where explorer Matthew Flinders stored his open water casks “(tins)” in 1802. Outside this bay are several small islands which were used to store fresh water for the steam ships, thus the name Tin Can Bay.

Tin Can Bay is Queensland’s best-kept secret holiday destination whatever your interest or budget. From convenient accommodation like Sleepy Lagoon Motel to caravan parks, fishing to golfing, swimming to surfing, water skiing to bushwalking – there are activities for everyone!

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Tin Can Bay Offers Top Fishing Opportunities

If you’re an angler, you’ll find some of the world’s best shoreline fishing with all types of fish including grouper, whiting and flathead, plus many other species that include crabs, sea cucumbers, and scallops.

Conveniently located on the edge of Fraser Island in Hervey Bay waters, travellers will also enjoy a variety of reef and deep sea fishing charters just offshore at Inskip Point. If diving is your passion then some of the very best dive sites in all of Australia are located throughout Hervey Bay and Tin Can Bay.

Take to the Tees

For golfers, the area has 6 outstanding golf courses including 3 championship courses plus another 9 within 30 minutes drive away. Whether you’re an avid golfer or just starting out in this sport, there’s sure to be a course to suit your level of play.

If you prefer a relaxing game with friends, then enjoy 18 holes at the Tin Can Bay Country Club. There is also the stunning backdrop of Fraser Island located just 5 minutes away for those who like to walk off their meals!

Enjoy Rich Local History

For those interested in history, (and who isn’t?) you’ll learn that Tin Can Bay was the first place where the food of the day “kedgeree” was locally made and used by early settlers. During World War II it was one of Australia’s secret submarine bases and today you can still see the remnants of the tunnels built by the Allied Works Council.

The natural beauty of Tin Can Bay is also breathtaking, with views that are enjoyed by thousands of international travellers each year who are sailing up Hervey Bay or Fraser Island aboard one of the many cruise ships.

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Feed Tin Can Bay's Dolphins

Enjoy viewing sea life at Tin Can Bay with its resident pod of dolphins, turtles, and occasional migrating whales. Barnacles Dolphin Feeding Centre offers daily opportunities for Sleepy Lagoon Motel guests and Tin Can Bay adventurers alike to spend time with these incredible creatures.

Visit their cafe early enough, and you can enjoy feeding the friendly resident dolphins!

Local is Best!

For those who enjoy water sports, both beginners and advanced alike will have a ball in Tin Can Bay. Operating from the beach at Tin Can Bay Heads you may try your hand at surfing, windsurfing, or boogie boarding.

For food and drink enthusiasts our local café offers fresh coffee, pizzas and salads while several other cafes and restaurants can be found in Hervey Bay just 5 minutes away.

Choose Tin Can Bay

If you’re looking for somewhere to go with the kids, friends, family, or that special someone, then look no further than Tin Can Bay – Queensland’s best kept secret holiday destination! Start enjoying all Tin Can Bay has to offer today and book your stay at Sleepy Lagoon Motel.

Sleepy Lagoon Motel offers self-contained, air conditioned units with private facilities. Around 18 kilometres south of Gympie, Sleepy Lagoon provides economical motel style accommodation which suits individuals or families alike.

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