Great Sandy Strait

Great Sandy Strait

Located between the mainland and Fraser Island, the Great Sandy Strait is a diverse mix of marine and coastal wetlands, crystal clear turquoise water, white sandy beaches, native woodlands and dense fainforest.  Nestled on the water's edge are the charming fishing villages of Tin Can Bay, Poona, BoonoorooRainbow Beach, Tuan and Tinnanbar. 

The Great Sandy Strait rivals the Whitsundays with its ideal sailing conditions and stunning scenery, while its sheltered bays, sand flats, beaches and mangrove-lined creeks are perfect for fishing.  See rare shorebirds as they use the strait as their summer breeding ground.  Watch dolphins play off the shore and dugong graze on sea beds in this declared sanctuary. 

Explore this fantastic region by following the Great Sandy Discovery Trail.

Boonooroo

Boonooroo

Located along the banks of the Great Sandy Strait, a quiet waterway running between Fraser Island and the mainland. The villages of Boonooroo and Tuan are now close to one and have maintained their 'old fishing village' character. Boonooroo itself has a range of general services and facilities for the visitor and is a wonderful place to while away a week of fishing and relaxation!
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Maaroom

Maaroom

The tiny inlet of Maaroom, part of the Great Sandy Strait, offers a tranquil hideaway for the visitor only 20 minutes south of Maryborough, with a caravan park and general store facilities.

On the water's edge, you will find a nice picnic spot with sheltered gazebo and children's play equipment. There is an all weather boat ramp with tidal access for fishing.

Poona

Poona

Nestled along the Great Sandy Strait, between Boonooroo and Tinnanbar, and adjacent to Fraser Island, the hideaway township of Poona has retained its charm and relaxed lifestyle. Poona is popular with holiday-makers who enjoy the quiet life, quiet water and good fishing.
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Tuan

Rainbow Beach

For lovers of nature and adventure, Rainbow Beach is a hive of activity all year round. The coloured sands, ancient sand dunes, surf, fishing, camping and many other activities can be enjoyed by families alike.
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Tin Can Bay

Tin Can Bay

Let the pace ease back a few notches at the seaside village of Tin Can Bay where you can hand feed the dolphins. Located in the southern area of the Fraser Coast bewteen Maryborough and Rainbow Beach, Tin Can Bay is a perfect place to unwind and relax.

Originally known by the aborigines as Tuncanbar, this peaceful bayside town is well known for its recreational fishing and boating pleasures with an excellent public boat ramp.
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Tinnanbar

Tinnanbar

One of the most beautiful beaches in Queensland is found at Tinnanbar, boasting white sand, crystal clear turquoise water and views to Fraser Island. The safe, unpolluted waters are populated with sea turtles and dugong.

Tinnanbar is located off the Cooloola Coast Road which can be accessed through Maryborough or Gympie. There is also a short cut through Bauple using the forestry roads. A permit is required from National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Tuan

Tuan

The village of Tuan is close to Boonooroo and has maintained its 'old fishing village' character. Tuan is a relaxing holiday destination for people who love boating and fishing in the adjacent creeks and the Great Sandy Strait.

Enjoy the wildflower display in late winter and spring, or go birdwatching in the nearby Great Sandy Conservation Park, including the Tuan State Forest, along Tinnanbar Road.

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