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Tin Can Bay is an ideal destination for family holidays. Children can swim safely in the warm waters protected by Fraser Island. Enjoy barbeques, playgrounds and amenities along the foreshore. Walk or cycle along the four-kilometre foreshore pathway.

Explore the sand flats at low tides to see thousands of Soldier Crabs or pump for yabbies. Fish off the jetties, cast a net in the shallow waters or hire a dingy and fish in the estuaries. Located half an hours drive East of Gympie on the Cooloola Coast. Tin Can Bay is built on a peninsula along the Great Sandy Strait, close to the Southern tip of Fraser Island. Marina, houseboat and yacht charter facilities reflect the predominance of water-based activities for visitors wishing to explore the Great sandy Strait.

Tin Can Bay has two public boat ramps, with a large car park, café and Coast Guard situated at Norman Point. You’ll find all your bait, tackle and other fishing needs in the township. Rare Indo Pacific humpback dolphins inhabit the waters surrounding Tin Can Bay. Head to the boat ramp at Norman Point each morning and interact with these beautiful animals. Feeding of the dolphins is regulated for the safety of the dolphins with fish available for purchase on site

Tin can Bay is a relaxed holiday destination, which offers a great range of accommodation and dining choices. Kick back and enjoy your holiday playing lawn bowls or golf and cool off afterwards with a swim at the local public pool. The coastal township of Cooloola Cove is situated between Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach, at the southern tip of the Great Sandy Strait. For those who like the quiet seaside lifestyle, Cooloola Cove boasts affordable housing with large allotments. The cove has a new shopping complex and modern residential estate.

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Adventure can be found everywhere, from beneath the water, on the water, on land or in the air.  With Mary Valley Country being acknowledged as the last natural playground in South East Queensland, it adds to the rich choices of adventure found on the Cooloola Coast.

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A number of world-class events occur throughout the year from the coast, city to the country. A diverse selection of events celebrate the environment, food, wine, music, art and culture.

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Restored buildings from the gold rush era add character and charm to Gympie. Take a heritage walk or drive past traditional shop fronts and historic buildings to view glorious examples of 19th century architecture. The region has a strong cultural and artistic community which is supported by a stunning Regional Art Gallery in the city centre, events and festivals celebrating the region's diverse heritage.

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With the diverstiy of landscape that makes up the Gympie Cooloola region visitors have many options from coast to country, beach to bush, mountains to mudflats.

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A variety of markets occur throughout the region including growers markets which provide the buyer with fresh local food.

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