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Barnacles Dolphin Centre and Cafe

Tin Can Bay, Gympie Area

Overlooking the beautiful Snapper Creek inlet in Tin Can Bay, Barnacles Cafe provides an idyllic setting for you to enjoy breakfast while you are there to feed the Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins. Enjoy the amazing and unique experience at Barnacles Cafe which is open every day from 7.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. and offers an all day breakfast, lunch and brunch menu, coffee, tea and refreshments as well as a takeaway menu.

Sit back and enjoy the delightful scenery in the relaxing outdoor eating area. Barnacles also caters for the fishing and boating enthusiasts by providing marine fuel, tackle, bait and ice and tinny hire.

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1 Esplanade
Norman Bay
Tin Can Bay, Gympie Area
Queensland
Australia

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Wolf Rock Dive Centre

Multiple Locations
From AU$175 - 230
Wolf Rock Dive provides guided scuba diving tours for certified divers to see the amazing underwater world at Wolf Rock, one of Australia's premier dive spots. Coming up out of a depth of around 35 metres the main formation is made up of four volcanic pinnacles and is located just off Double Island Point near Rainbow Beach. As Wolf Rock is a protected area the marine life that can be found there will astound you. The pinnacles and surrounding underwater terrain provide a home to the critically endangered grey nurse shark which can be found there all year round along with other big critters such as giant Queensland gropers, squadrons of eagle rays, bull rays, leopard sharks, green sea turtles, loggerhead turtles and manta rays. Then you have the large schools of pelagic such as trevally, kingfish, barracuda and much much more. Hard and soft corals provide shelter to a wide variety of sub-tropical fish, moray eels and nudibranchs. In winter be entertained by the humpback whales on their annual migration and listen to their whale song while diving. All tours are guided by experienced professionals with only small groups of up to six divers.

Surf and Sand Safaris

Rainbow Beach, Gympie Area
From AU$75 - 75
The Great Beach Drive is a world class four wheel drive beach driving experience between Noosa Heads and Rainbow Beach. They visit the famous coloured sands, they drive you to the top of Double Island Point Lighthouse and have a two course picnic lunch at tables under shaded trees in the National Park. Their air conditioned four wheel drive vehicles are all forward facing seats for your maximised comfort. They drive to the scenic Honeymoon Bay that boasts the longest surfing wave in Australia.

Cooloola Eco Tours

Multiple Locations
  • Free WiFi
Their authentic regional Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tours allows you to explore and enjoy Rainbow Beach in an environmentally conscious way. They want to create experiences which will be remembered! Do you have an adventurous appetite for good food? Coffee and cake, regional fresh fruit, tasty local beef, stellar seafood, local brew and Queensland wine? Then immerse yourself and discover the fresh local produce from the Gympie Region! Presenting this deliciously mouth-watering walking tour through the heart of Rainbow Beach and immerse yourself to discover the fresh local produce! This tour will introduce and share Rainbow Beach's unique cafes and restaurants. Join them for three and a half hours fun-filled guided walking tour while exploring food, beverage, and dessert tastings at five local eateries. Cooloola Eco Tours aim to provide a natural, sustainable and cultural recreational experience with visitors with an emphasis on fun, education, appreciation and traveller responsibility.

Rainbow Beach Horse Rides

Multiple Locations
From AU$120 - 800
Rainbow Beach Horse Rides have the only permit in existence to ride a horse along Rainbow Beach, which was rated in the top five most incredible beaches in the world, the third most colourful beach in the world and featured on the front cover of a publication "101 Best Beaches of Australia". All rides include riding instruction prior to the ride. Photos are taken by the trail guides during each ride and provided free of charge to all guests. All levels of riding experience are catered for. No riding experience necessary. Rainbow Beach Horse Rides offer a vast array of riding options including beach riding, country day rides, full moon rides and more. Full details of which are available on their website. Come and experience for yourself why Rainbow Beach Horse Rides is rated on Trip Advisor as the number one outdoor activity to do in Rainbow Beach and has earned a five star rating on Facebook.

Rainbow Beach Tourist Centre

Rainbow Beach, Gympie Area
Free Entry
Rainbow Beach Tourist Information Centre is located right in the centre of town next to the Chemist and opened 7 days a week. This accredited visitor information centre offers a one stop shop for information including maps and brochures. Owned by knowledgeable locals that have been in the business for 26 years, the Rainbow Beach Information Centre can provide advice on the things to see, things to do, where to eat and where to stay. Talk to the friendly staff about your travel plans or to make a booking including half day tours to Cooloola National Park and Coloured Sands and to book your one, two or three day tours to Fraser Island. They are also agents for National Parks so you can purchase your permits in store. Tide times and local beach driving information is friendly and free. Incorporating the 7th Wave Surf Shop it has shopping for all your holidays needs from thongs, hats, sunglasses, towels, sunscreen and insect repellent to swimsuits and surf wear for all the family.

Tin Can Bay Wildflower Walk

Tin Can Bay, Gympie Area
Free Entry
Tin Can Bay is blessed with a unique collection of spectacular wildflower species. Many natural areas throughout the Bay come alive with brilliant colour in the Spring months, although wildflowers can be seen year round. Their indigenous wildflowers, like other local native flora species, have adapted to living in soils largely deficient in nutrients. Take a close look at their wonderful wildflowers in their natural environment.

Wolf Rock Dive Site

Rainbow Beach, Gympie Area
Free Entry
Wolf Rock, north of Double Island Point and just off the coast of Rainbow Beach near Gympie, is a behemoth of granite. With five interconnecting pinnacles rising from 35 metres deep, all are of varying heights - with two breaking the water's surface. Divers love to explore the peaks of the pinnacles, with one sitting at 11 metres deep, one at 16 metres, and one at 19 metres, while others enjoy exploring the sheer drops for close encounters with resident grey nurse sharks and spotted eagle rays. Black coral trees, spiky soft corals, hard corals, gorgonians and spiral sea whips decorate the granite. The gutters running along the shallow rocks are home to moray eels, nudibranchs, gobies, scorpionfish, sea stars, shrimps and coral crabs. Other common visitors include turtles, gropers, batfish, trevally and angelfish.

Bird Watching - Tin Can Bay

Tin Can Bay, Gympie Area
Free Entry
The Cooloola Coast is part of the Great Sandy Strait, which is an internationally important wetland. It is an area of tidal swamps and intertidal sand and mud flats. The vegetation includes beds of seagrass, mangrove forests and saltmarsh wetlands. The Great Sandy Strait supports 38 species of shorebirds including 18 migratory species. The area is also used by other threatened species such as turtles and dugongs. The Cooloola Coast is a perfect place for shorebirds. At low tide there are extensive sand banks where the birds can search for food and at high tide there are secluded places where they can roost and rest without disturbance.

Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area

Rainbow Beach, Gympie Area
Free Entry
The Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area separates open ocean surf from the sheltered estuary waters of Tin Can Bay and the Great Sandy Strait. This is a wetland of international importance. The sand spit is clad in casuarina, cypress pine and other coastal vegetation, providing a great habitat for birds. The beaches and mudflats are roosts for waders and thousands of resident and migratory shorebirds. Bring your own drinking water and camp in one of four shady camping areas. Enjoy wide ocean beaches. Watch sunsets over quiet bay waters. Dogs are permitted in the recreation area, but must be kept on a leash and under control at all times. Bring your binoculars to view birds in the early morning or late afternoon. Look for button-quail on the sandy tracks and shorebirds (in summer). Watch for dugong, turtles and dolphins in the bay. You must bring your own firewood for campfires, but best to bring a fuel or gas stove and reduce your use of campfires.
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