Sleepy Lagoon Motel | Tin Can Bay Accommodation


Tin Can Bay Activities and Attractions

Explore Tin Can Bay & Surrounding Areas

Tin Can Bay is a quiet fishing town renowned for its calm waters, primed for fishing, its pale sandy beaches, and a host of local activities and attractions suitable for visitors and tourists of any age.

A perfect location for a weekend get-away, Tin Can Bay is also one of only two locations in Queensland where visitors can hand-feed the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin! If you are looking for things to do in Tin Can Bay, be sure to book in at the Sleepy Lagoon Motel for central accommodation during your adventures.

Discover Tin Can Bay

Things to do in Tin Can Bay

With lots of things to do in Tin Can Bay, make your stay one to remember! Located on the southern end of Fraser Island—a World Heritage site— this seaside village is just 90 minutes from the Sunshine Coast. Nestled along the Tin Can Inlet, this sleepy village adjoins the Great Sandy Strait and offers a wide array of local and natural things to do in Tin Can Bay, near Sleepy Lagoon Motel.

Known for its ecotourism attractions and abundant wildlife, Tin Can Bay is the ultimate destination for nature enthusiasts. This part of Queensland is the ideal escape from the bustle of the big city as it boasts tranquil surroundings with a laid back atmosphere. Local Attractions in and around Tin Can Bay include The Great Sandy National Park, the upper Noosa River, Rainbow Beach, Cooloola Cove, and three state forests surrounding the village.

Maryborough Airport, which is about 55 kilometres away, is the closest airport to accommodation in Tin Can Bay, while the Sunshine Coast Airport is approximately 120 kilometres away. Brisbane can be reached in just under three hours, and the Gold Coast is a three-and-a-half-hour drive from the village. With a range of things to do in Tin Can Bay, it makes the ideal location for a weekend escape from the city.

Barnacles Dolphin Feeding

Feed Dolphins in Tin Can Bay!

The Indo-Pacific humpback  dolphin is identified by its lengthened, low and triangular dorsal fin and humped back appearance. Dolphin Feeding in Tin Can Bay is a breath-taking experience that comes highly recommended by many. Tourists and locals alike flock to Tin Can Bay to check this incredible activity off their bucket list.

Barnacles Dolphin Centre offers its visitors a rare opportunity to interact with wild Australian Humpback dolphins. The Dolphin Centre opens at 7.00am with viewing time between 7.00 – 8.00am. There is only one feeding session per day commencing at approx 7.30am. During peak times 6am-6.30am arrival ensures you get a turn.

Go Fishing

The Perfect Fishing Locations

One of the most exciting things to do in Tin Can Bay is fishing. The town is known for its underwater colourful variety or marine biodiversity. The water is filled with many turtles, dolphins, sand crabs and mud crabs, with many prime fishing locations nearby.

Fishing Tin Can Bay loves to share their passion and enthusiasm for boating and fishing on the calm water side of Fraser Island, The Great Sandy Straits. Their vessel is capped at 4 passengers plus crew to allow more one on one time.

More About Tin Can Bay

Things to Do in Tin Can Bay

Guests staying at the Sleepy Lagoon Motel in Tin Can Bay can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities in and around the seaside village. For the fearless adventurer, there are networks of trails waiting to be explored—some strewn with wildflowers, while others offer bird watching opportunities and beautiful coastal views. Queensland is well known for its world-class fishing, so avid anglers staying at Sleepy Lagoon Motel are encouraged to bring their gear or book a fishing charter with a reputable company.

For those who love the water, Tin Can Bay offers a wonderful array of activities to suit any traveler. From the Great Sandy Strait with its perfect sailing conditions to the sheltered bays and sandy beaches ideal for on-shore fishing, walking, sunbathing, or to simply enjoy the views—there is something for everyone. Other popular things to do in Tin Can Bay include horse riding, kayaking around Snapper Creek and Crab Creek, bird watching, and heli-flights.

Listed as a World Heritage site, Fraser Island boasts 90kms of beautiful white surf beaches and rare beauties such as Lake Mackenzie, Eli Creek and the impressive Maheno shipwreck. Ranked alongside Uluru, Kakadu, and the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island. Home to pristine rainforests, crystal clear creeks, immense sand blows and cliffs of coloured sands, it is a must see experience. 1 and 2 day tours can be booked by us for your enjoyment.

Need a break from the outdoors? Visitors can explore the village, play a round of golf at the country club, visit a spa, or shop for souvenirs to take home. Additionally, there are two bowls clubs, tennis courts, and an outdoor swimming pool in Tin Can Bay.

Nearby Attractions

Things to Do in Tin Can Bay

Double Island Point is located between Rainbow and Noosa. Depending on the beach conditions it is only accessible to 4WD vehicles. It is home to a beautiful lighthouse and with sweeping coastal views it is the ideal location for professional and aspiring photographers alike. The scenic beach drive is incomplete without boarding the river ferry to Noosa—providing a spectacular sweeping view of the landscape.

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

Originally a gold mining boomtown, Gympie and has an interesting and rich history. Discover it first hand at Gympie’s gold mining museum that is located at the beautiful Lake Alford or duckponds, as affectionately dubbed by the locals . Large farmers markets are held every Sunday. 

For more information on things to do in Gympie see: Visit Gympie Region

Tin Can Bay Wildlife

Things to Do in Tin Can Bay

Overflowing with wildlife, birdlife, and marine life, Tin Can Bay is every nature enthusiast’s dream! Those visiting the area can expect an abundance of various species who call Tin Can Bay home. Avid birdwatchers should bring along their binoculars as the village and its surrounds are home to over 140 species of birdlife. Visitors may even spot rare shorebirds that have migrated from as far as Serbia to use Tin Can Bay as their summer resting ground.

As an extension of the Great Sandy Strait, Tin Can Bay is an important stopover for an array of wading birds, including the Long-tailed Nightjar and Comb-crested Jacana. Other common species that are found in the area are the Bar-tailed Godwit, the Eastern Curlew, the Whimbrel, and the Grey-tailed Tattler.

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


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