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Dolphin Feeding

Tin Can Bay is only one of two places in Queensland that allow dolphin feeding, and this is a must-do activity while here. Barnacles Dolphin Centre is located at Norman Point overlooking beautiful Snapper Creek - enjoy a relaxed lunch afterwards at the Dolphin Centre or the Yacht Club.


Tin Can Bay Country Club has a championship 18 hole golf course open from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm seven days a week.  Motorised buggies are available for hire. Phone (07) 5486 4231.


Tin Can Bay has the choice of two places to play bowls, the Tin Can Bay Country Club and the Cooloola Coast Bowls Club, guests are welcome.

Tin Can Bay tennis Club


If you fancy a game of tennis, Tin Can Bay Tennis Association has two all-weather courts available for hire from 7:00 am until late.  Prices are $10.00 per hour in the daytime and $20.00 per hour at night.  We can make bookings for you and we have the keys, just ask at Reception.

Horse Riding at Buckaroo Horsemanship

Enjoy the relaxation and peace of a trail ride through the unique Coololoola Wilderness and wetlands.  Buckaroo Horsemanship provide beautiful confident horses for all levels/ages of riders. 

Great play areas for kids, outdoor gym equipment to keep fit and a wonderful pathway with signage to inform you of the flora and fauna along Tin Can Bay's foreshore. Ask at Reception for more details.

Hire a Bike or Walk along the Foreshore

Rainbow Beach

Just 35 minutes’ drive from the Sandcastle Motel is Rainbow Beach, the southern gateway to Fraser Island and the Coloured Sands.  If you’d like to tour Fraser Island and you don’t have a four wheel drive vehicle, you can hire one at Rainbow Beach or take one of the regular 1, 2 or 3 day tours. 

SS Maheno shipwreck

Fraser Island

If you have a four wheel drive vehicle, you can catch a barge to Fraser Island just 40 minutes’ drive from Tin Can Bay.  If you don't have a four wheel drive vehicle, ask us to recommend a bus tour of Fraser Island and the Coloured Sands. Visit Fraser Island.


The gold mining capital of Queensland, Gympie  is a 35 minutes' drive from Tin Can Bay. The Gympie Gold Mining Museum houses a vast collection of documentation, artefacts and photographs from the discovery of gold in 1867 by James Nash to the current operations of the Gympie Eldorado Goldmine, the eighth greatest gold producing mine in Australia today.  Gympie has great shops, eateries, pubs and a cinema. Visit Gympie.

Day Trips


The heritage city of Maryborough is a 45 minutes' drive from Tin Can Bay.  Maryborough was settled in 1847 and is one of Queensland's oldest provincial cities, it is also the birthplace of Mary Poppins author, Pamela Travers.  You can follow the Magical Mary Discovery Trail to learn all about Maryborough, which nearly became the capital of Queensland.

Visit Maryborough.



Noosa is located 1 hour and 20 minutes' south from Tin Can Bay. Noosa is surrounded by stunning beaches, lakes, national parks and the lush hinterland of Noosa National Park. If you are looking for adventure, there’s plenty to do. Learn to surf or try stand-up paddleboarding; sail the beautiful waters of Laguna Bay; kayak in the Noosa Everglades; join a sunset cruise aboard a ferry or go swimming with humpback whales. 

Visit Noosa.

Local Events 

  • Markets -3rd Saturday each month

  • Seafood Festival - Sept

  • Dragon Boat Regatta -July

  • Warbirds -May

  • Bay to Bay yacht race -May

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