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Tin Can Bay

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Things to do: wildlife areas, theme parks
Tin Can Bay is a town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region in Queensland, Australia. The seaside town is located on a deep but narrow sheltered inlet in the Gympie local government area, 218km north of the state capital, Brisbane. At the, Tin Can Bay had a population of 1,994.It is suggested that the town's name derives from the indigenous word, "Tuncanbar", thought to refer to the dugongs that frequent the inlet. European settlement began in the 1870s as the point where logs would be floated to the timber mills at Maryborough. Tin Can Bay later became, and still remains, an important fishing port, with a focus on prawns as well as recreational fishing. There is an excellent public boat ramp into Snapper Creek with boat-washing facilities and ample trailer parking.Tin Can Bay is the nearest town to the Australian Army's Wide Bay Training Area and a vehicular ferry operates at nearby Inskip Point providing access to Fraser Island.The seaside town is a popular holiday destination and launch pad to the aquatic playground of the Great Sandy Strait – a pristine waterway protected by World Heritage listed Fraser Island. The area is a Ramsar Convention Wetland of International Importance. Other recreational facilities include hotels, holiday units and caravan parks, with houseboats and yachts for hire and a marina. Active sports facilities include an 18-hole golf course, two bowls clubs, tennis courts and an outdoor swimming pool. The Tin Can Bay Country Club is the main recreational focus for residents and visitors serving Tin Can Bay, Cooloola Cove and Rainbow Beach areas of Cooloola Shire, Queensland, Australia.
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