Brisbane to Tin Can Bay

Brisbane to Tin Can Bay

Welcome to Tin Can Bay

Tin Can Bay is a small coastal town in Queensland, Australia, about 160 km north of Brisbane and just south of the Great Sandy Strait. The town is known for its relaxed coastal lifestyle and popular holiday destination for locals and tourists.

One of the main attractions in Tin Can Bay is the opportunity to hand-feed wild Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins that visit the town’s shoreline daily. This unique experience is offered by Barnacles Dolphin Centre, which works to protect and conserve the local dolphin population.

Tin Can Bay is also a popular destination for fishing, boating and water sports, with plenty of opportunities to explore the nearby waterways and islands. The town has several accommodation options, including holiday parks, hotels, and apartments.

Nearby attractions include the Great Sandy National Park, which features diverse ecosystems such as rainforests, heathlands, and dunes, and Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island, located just a short distance offshore.

Overall, Tin Can Bay is a charming coastal town that offers visitors the chance to experience the natural beauty and relaxing lifestyle of the Queensland coast.

Driving Route

A road journey from Brisbane to Tin Can Bay, non-stop, takes approximately 3 hours.
We took a scenic drive starting from Brisbane on the M1 onto Steve Irwin Way towards Maleny, Montville-Mapleton Road. Later driving onto State Route 51 towards Tin Can Bay finally making our way to Rainbow Beach, driving through the gorgeous Toolara State Forest.

Glass House Mountains

The Glass House Mountains is a heritage-listed national park and a distinctive landmark which displays a cluster of thirteen hills that rise from the coastal plain on the Sunshine Coast. These mountains are intrusive plugs—remnants of volcanic activity that occurred approximately 25–27 million years ago. Molten rock-filled small vents or intruded as bodies beneath the surface and solidified into hard rocks—trachyte and rhyolite. The Glass House Mountains continue to be of spiritual significance to the Aboriginal people of the region.

Kondalilla Falls

In the scenic Blackall Range, behind the Sunshine Coast is the Kondalilla National Park. The park named after the spectacular Kondalilla Falls, where Skene Creek drops 90m into a rainforest valley. Kondalilla, an Aboriginal word meaning ‘rushing waters’, which describes this park’s waterfall during the summer wet season.

Lake Baroon

Lake Baroon is a reservoir that provides water to Queensland residents and locates between Maleny and Montville in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. The Baroon Pocket Dam was built across Obi Obi Creek and completed in 1989.


Maleny is a quaint town located in the Sunshine Coast hinterland and the Blackall Range with many rainforests, arts and craft galleries surrounding it. The area is known for its environment and numerous scenic spots.

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

The Mary Cairncross Reserve is known as a conservation park comprising of 55 hectares of subtropical rainforest overlooking the Glass House Mountains National Landscape. Great for forest walks in amongst beautiful serene nature of approximately 1.7km.

Fig Tree Walk

The Fig Tree Walk is a thriving riverine rainforest, 6.5km south of Kenilworth and part of Little Yabba Creek Park across from the Bill Waldon Bridge. This walk is only 1100m long, a mere 45-minute circuit.

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