Here in Tin Can Bay, we’re really not out to make a great impression – that just happens naturally!
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About Tin Can Bay . . .
If the world was seeking another “Great Wonder”, Tin Can Bay would surely be somewhere up there with the top contenders. Of course, you might think it is just a biased opinion; and yes, you are probably right too; but although there is not much to offer extreme sports enthusiast or those wishing to get into the rocking and rollicking nightlife, our little town has much more to offer for your average day-tripper, weekend wanderer, extended holidaymaker, grey nomad or even retiree. Yes, there is something for almost every visitor.
Tin Can Bay is not always just your average, quiet little seaside boating and fishing hamlet; as much as most locals would like to think so; well, for the boaties, we have a huge boat ramp at Norman Point, which actually has the capacity for 4 boat launchings at the one time. But there are even those times when patience needs to be the order of the day. So just chill out and enjoy the scenery while you wait your turn or alternatively, there is another quieter, single-lane boat ramp just down Toolara Road at Crab Creek.
Throughout these still, quiet, and sheltered waters of Tin Can Inlet and North along the Great Sandy Straits, jet skiing is always a very popular pastime, but if it’s more of a peaceful ride you are into, without all that jollity and frivolity, it is a veritable haven for kayakers or canoeists alike, with extensive but peaceful waterways and tributaries to bring out the explorer in you; whilst the still shallow waters along the shoreline are ideal and safe for the kids to have a paddle or a dip.
For the serious Yachtie, the safe haven of Tin Can Bay is well renowned for its magnificent Marina facilities, fully equipped slipway, and Ships Chandlery. You can hire watercraft of all sorts, from a small dingy to big family-sized houseboats and all the while you are out on the water our local Tin Can Bay Coast Guard (QF17) will be there for you if ever the need arises.
So, whether you simply come for a weekend or a year, there is definitely something here for you. Especially if you just want to chill out and get away from those everyday hassles and stresses associated with work and all those other daily commitments.
For the Naturalist or camera buff, it's a veritable feast of scenery from moody landscapes to the local flora that blooms seasonally throughout the area. You'll find there is also a plethora of land or shorebirds here; some migratory and others that stay all year round; but then, who could blame them? And you can view it all, at a steady pace of course, from the continuous safe walking tracks that meander through and around the town.
Our biggest drawcard of course, and one that really puts Tin Can Bay out there, along with the great attractions of Paris, New York, or Rome; and of course, an absolute delight for a once-in-a-lifetime family experience; to have that interaction with genuine wild dolphins. They come in each morning to say hello and be given a delicious fishy snack treat for their trouble. This gives visitors a great opportunity, not only to hand feed them, but also to get some unique photos that will surely provide everlasting memories of your Tin Can Bay dolphin experience.
Tin Can Bay is also well catered for in the way of services to its visitors and locals alike; all that one would expect from a much larger township, but without the hassles of peak hour traffic jams or road rage, etc.
The local services also include a medical centre and prompt ambulance service; tennis courts for hire and a well-stocked town Library or when the grandkids come and visit there is an Olympic standard public pool and also a well-received, competition-style skate park and playground area.
There are many cafes and restaurants in the town and you can even get in a round or two of golf or tennis, if that’s your racket (pardon the pun) or if you're into lawn bowls, you will also be well catered for there.
If you feel you want a change of scenery, our clubs will also put on the usual entertainment for you, just to break the monotony of your laid-back day.
There is a well-equipped service station and your special or everyday shopping needs are also well catered for with two popular, large grocery stores and associated small stores.
There are also three motels, a TAB-equipped hotel with Backpackers accommodation as well as three Caravanning/Camping Parks and a huge choice of fully equipped short-term holiday homes and rental units.
The town is also noted for certain events that occur throughout the year, apart from the markets every third Saturday of the month, held on the grounds next to the RSL Hall, our major events include The Bay-to-Bay (Tin Can Bay to Hervey Bay) Yacht Race, Dragon Boat Regattas, annual Flower & Craft Show with photography competition or the Foreshore Family Christmas/New Year Carnival; as well as many other fun and interesting events that local organisations provide throughout the year for both visitors and locals alike.
Yes, Tin Can Bay may not be everyone's cup of tea; but then, we don't really expect it to be; however, if it is a quiet and relaxing stay you are after, then I promise you, you will be well catered for, and we'll even treat you like family and welcome you with open arms. Come see us soon and find out for yourself, why whoever comes here for the first time simply falls head over heels in love with the place!
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