If you love boating and fishing in pristine surroundings - not to mention prawning, crabbing and surfing - Tin Can Bay is your gateway to heaven.
Just 30 minutes or so by car south-east of Gympie, the town of Tin Can Bay fronts the beautiful, tranquil bay of the same name, where dolphins lie in wait to catch the bow waves of passing cruisers and yachts. If you are boatless, you can join the sailors plying the uncrowded waterways by hiring a houseboat at the local marina which offers visiting craft fully sheltered, serviced berths.
Nearby is Inskip Point, where you can take a vehicular ferry across the bay to Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world. It’s not far to Rainbow Beach either, a great surfing spot and the northern entry point to expansive Cooloola National Park which is a serious, 4-wheel driver’s playground.
Whichever legend you favour, the unusual name of Tin Can Bay stems from the local Aboriginal terms for a native mangrove species (tinchin or tidhin), for dugong or plenty of tucker (tuncun) or for a large-leafed vine which once grew prolifically on the beaches (tinken).