Sleepy Lagoon Motel | Tin Can Bay Accommodation


Discover Dolphin Feeding In Tin Can Bay

Welcome to Sleepy Lagoon Motel

The Tin Can Bay Country Club is just a short distance away from Sleepy Lagoon Motel – where we hope you and your family will be staying for your holiday! With activities that the whole family can enjoy, the Tin Can Bay Country Club is the perfect venue to enrich your holiday in this sunny region of Queensland. Book your stay now!

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Experience Wild Dolphin Feeding

This friendly accommodation boasts a fantastic location in Queensland and provides easy access to the dolphin feeding Tin Can Bay experience. The seaside village of Tin Can Bay is nestled on the southern end of Fraser Island, a World Heritage sit, and only 90 minutes from the Sunshine Coast. The sleepy village lies along the Tin Can Inlet and adjoins the Great Sandy Strait, offering access to an array of local and natural attractions near the Sleepy Lagoon Motel. 

Dolphin Feeding Tin Can Bay is an amazing experience that is highly recommended by many. Tourists and locals alike flock to the village to check this incredible activity off their bucket list. This dolphin feeding activity takes place at Barnacles Dolphin Centre and provides a magical encounter with these beautiful mammals. Snapper Creek is home to the Australian Humpback dolphin—a river and estuarine dolphin.

This Humpback dolphin species is one of four in the world. These include the Indo Pacific humpback dolphin, the Indian Ocean humpback dolphin, and the Atlantic humpback dolphin. The Atlantic humpback dolphin is identified by its lengthened, low and triangular dorsal fin and humped back appearance wher the Australian humpback is dark grey in colour and can weigh up to 260 kilograms. 

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Habitat & Behaviour

Dolphin Feeding Tin Can Bay

The Australian humpback dolphin is commonly found in the tropical waters of Northern Australia. They love shallow waters, estuarine and coastal regions and prefer a diet of fish, shellfish and octopus. With a Tin Can Bay dolphin feeding experience, visitors will encounter this spectacular marine mammal in its natural habitat. The Australian Humpback dolphin can be seen in The Great Sandy Strait to the Tin Can Inlet. They are not known to migrate, so can be found all year round!

This species of dolphins tend to be shy. However, they are more leisurely swimmers. Australian Humpbacks tend to swim in small pods of five and each is lead by an alpha male, or sometimes an alpha female. 

At Barnacles Dolphine Cente, a resident pod of nine Humpbacks are lead by the alpha male called Mystique. The rest of Mystique’s pod comprises Patch, Ella, Harmony, Chompy, Squirt, Aussie, Valentine, and White Fin. Harmony, a juvenile male thought to be about five years old,is a recent addition to the pod family, and uncommonly scarred for such a young dolphin. 

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What to Expect

Where Can I Feed Dolphins At Tin Can Bay?

Barnacles Dolphin Centre opens at 07:00 am every day. Viewing times occurs between 07:00 and 08:00, while dolphin feeding, the only feeding sessions per day, starts from 08:00. When visitors arrive, they are encouraged to join the volunteers in the water. This is a wonderful opportunity to get up close and personal with the resident pod and learn about their behaviour. Because these mammals tend to be shy, only a small group of people are allowed in the water at one time.

There is a fee for both entry and feeding. Fish can be purchased on site and fed to the dolphins. Tin Can Bay Dolphin feeding does require visitors to get into the water, so they should come prepared. It is important for visitors to know that these Australian Humpbacks are wild. Barnacles Dolphin Centre cannot guarantee their arrival time, or that they will emerge at all. Patience, however, is often rewarded with this once in a lifetime dolphin feeding experience in Tin Can Bay.

Once the dolphins are fed, they return to the wild waters. Barnacles Dolphin Centre has a cafe on-site. Guests can enjoy some refreshments while they wait for the pod to arrive, or after the dolphin feeding experience has ended. The cafe overlooks the stunning Snapper Creek in Tin Can Bay and is open from 07:00 to 15:00. Guests can enjoy all-day breakfasts, lunch, and a brunch menu, all while admiring the idyllic setting around them.

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Other Attractions Near Tin Can Bay

Dolphin Feeding Tin Can Bay And More

Other than the unique dolphin feeding Tin Can Bay experience, there are plenty of exciting things to do and see in and around the area.

Rainbow Beach is a surfing village just 25 minutes away and boasts a resort-style main street which is ideal for exploring, shopping, dining. Rainbow Beach is home to activities such as hang gliding, parachuting, horse riding and scenic Helitours. Our Sleepy Lagoon Motel accommodation provides the perfect place for guests to enjoy the area and everything it has to offer. 

Inskip Point is a few minutes drive from Rainbow’s main beach and is a popular camping and fishing destination. Fraser Island is a World Heritage site and boasts beautiful white surf beaches that span 90 kilometres. It is home to the likes of Lake Mackenzie, Eli Creek, and the impressive Maheno shipwreck. Guests staying at Sleepy Lagoon Motel can book a one or two-day tour for their enjoyment. 

Double Island Point is located between Rainbow and Noosa and is only accessible to SWD vehicles, depending on the beach conditions. It is home to a beautiful lighthouse and sweeping coastal views. The scenic beach drive is incomplete without boarding the river ferry to Noosa, providing a different view of the landscape.

The Mary Valley is about an hour’s drive away and boasts green rolling pastures and farming land.  Home to the mighty Mary River, the valley has wineries, fishing, boating, and ski dams. Guests can sit back and relax on The Rattler, a heritage rail experience that provides a unique journey through the beautiful Valley.

Gympie is an original gold mining boomtown with a rich history. See it first hand at Gympie’s gold mining museum located at the beautiful Lake Alford. Large farmers markets are held every Sunday. For more information on things to do in the region see: Visit Gympie Region

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Budget Friendly Accommodation Tin Can Bay
Budget Friendly Accommodation Tin Can Bay


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