I woke to a blaze of color…then the rain came.
Tin Can Bay is located just off the Tin Can Bay Road in southeast Queensland a distance of about 170km north from Brisbane (show me). Tin Can Bay has a population of around 2,000 and is one of the smaller towns in Australia. Tin Can Bay is at an altitude of about 5m above sea level.
Bonzle users have said that the facilities at Tin Can Bay include a campground, cycle paths, fire & rescue service, fire station, library, marina, medical centre, playing fields, primary school, service station and swimming pool.
Before European settlers, Tin Can Bay was known by the aboriginals as Tuncunba, or Tun Cun Ba (big fish place). Needless to say, the Great Sandy Strait is still known for its spectacular sea life (e.g. Dolphin feeding, bird watching and Turtle spotting) and excellent boating and fishing.
In the 1930’s, Tin Can Bay had less than 40 permanent residents. Although still considered a small community, Tin Can Bay and its surrounding area has grown to almost 6,000 residents.
Tin Can Bay was once called tun-kin (aboriginal word for dugong), other names include; Tin-Kin (big fish) and Tindhin (mangroves), Tuncunba – “ba” meaning “place of” and “Tuncun” meaning “Dugong” or “plenty of tucker”.
- The township was known as Wallu and changed to Tin Can Bay in 1937 (also known as Toolara).
- Dugong processing was the first industry in Tin Can Bay (1850s).
- Next came the Timber industry; Sim and Pettigrew laid the Kaloolah railway to transport timber to Maryborough.
- By the turn of the century, Tin Can Bay still had no permanent settlement.
- The township started with the sale of 25 blocks in 1922, for a sum of 40 pounds each. However, by 1929 Tin Can Bay was still a backwater with only three permanent residents.
- The first shop in Tin Can Bay was built in 1932 by Viv Mason. At this time the town had 35 permanent residents.
- Tin Can Bay school was built in 1935.
- The Qld Fishboard Tin Can Bay market opened in 1945.
- Tin Can Bay was a holiday spot and port until 1957 when it boomed due to the discovery of banana prawns, by Fred Langford, in the Sandy Straits (worth up to 2 shillings each