Golf Course

Tin Can Bay Country Golf Club has a very friendly atmosphere with a course that suits golfers of all standards. The course has a reasonable country layout, with 5 par 3s and 5 par 5s. Some fairways are straight up and down and a few that demand an accurate tee shot to reach the green in regulation. All fairways are lined by tall gum trees which can get in the way even after a decent tee shot. There is a bit of water about to keep you focused, and is in play on 7 holes. Bunkers are present, however are not imposing. All greens are great to putt on and hold approach shots well. Tee boxes look very professional and on feature holes like 1 and 10 they are lined by hedges which creates a prestige feel for a standard country course. It is a fairly flat course and is easily walked.

The Members are very friendly and the club runs a number of competitions catering for vets, men and women each week.

The club house is a great place to relax after a round and you can enjoy a cold drink or a sumptuous meal at the Bay Bistro. Choose to dine inside the air conditioned restaurant or outside on the verandah overlooking the scenic golf course.

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The Cooloola Coast Bowls Club (three kilometres) and the Tin Can Bay Country Club (five kilometres) are both located in close proximity. The Cooloola Coast Bowls club provides one bowling green and Tin Can Bay Country Club has two bowling greens. Both clubs have great clubhouse bar, bistro and gaming amenities for after game entertainment.


The Cooloola Tennis club is situated at 8 Whiting Street, Tin Can Bay (eight kilometres from Cooloola Sands), and forms part of Tom Steele Oval complex. The club has two excellent synthetic grass courts that are available for day time hire. Membership fees range between $15.50 for a junior and $36 for an adult. Visitors are welcome to join in for social tennis on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings; Saturday afternoons; or Tuesday nights under lights with non-member fees $2.50 for a junior and $4.00 for an adult. New LED lighting has been installed as well as further upgrades to the court net posts.

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Swimming is a popular activity amongst all ages in the region, with the Gympie Regional Council operating two 25 metre pools in the immediate area.

The Esplanade, Tin Can Bay (9 kilometres or 10 minutes drive) The closest pool is located in Tin Can Bay. The pool is solar heated and provides six lanes. It is home to the Cooloola Crocs Swimming club which facilitates learn to swim classes, coaching, aqua fitness classes, adult stroke correction classes and caters for mums and bubs on request. The facilities include a shop, playground and BBQ area which is great for families with kids.

Rainbow Beach Road, Rainbow Beach (25 kilometres or 20 minutes drive) The Rainbow Beach Sports, Recreation and Memorial Club Association operate the second pool. This facility includes a 10 lane 25m heated pool and gym. The facility offers a number of water activities all year round, including learn to swim classes, aqua aerobics and squad training sessions. The newly developed gym and fitness facility offers a number of opportunities to achieve personal fitness and health goals. Details of opening hours and fees are provided on the Association’s website –


There are an endless number of creeks, rivers and estuaries to explore in your sea kayak or canoe. Launch your kayak from your back yard into Mullen Creek which traverses the Cooloola Sands Estate and explore the inlets and creeks the immediate area has to offer. You could paddle up to Tin Can Bay or take a few days to explore the upper reaches of the Noosa River or the pristine Teewah Creek. The beauty, tranquillity and relative isolation of this venue make it probably the best known canoe camping destination in south east Queensland.

Canoeing on Lake Cootharaba


The Cooloola region is home to a vast array of wildlife. Whilst the region is probably best known for its world renowned whale watching or daily visits from friendly dolphins in Tin Can Bay, the area is home to over 300 species of birds at varying stages of the year.

Adventurers’ can chance a whale sighting paddling in the Sandy Straits, off Rainbow Beach, where migratory whales are often spotted. The less adventurous can board whale watching vessels from Tin Can Bay or Hervey Bay further north.

Tin Can Bay has a Foreshore Bird Walk that stretches four kilometers to view some of 130 species of coastal birds that have been identified along the foreshore. Other popular spots include the Amamoor State Forest where more than 120 bird species live in the Riverine rainforests and hoop and bunya pine plantations. There is also a Bellbird habitat on the Brooloo-Imbil Road in the Mary Valley.


The Cooloola region’s waterways provide a combination of sandbanks, beaches, rocks, estuaries and reefs to cater for every angler, with double the amount of fish species that can be found anywhere else in Australia.

With warm northern and cool southern currents meeting at Fraser Island, the Straits provide a one-stop location for an incredible variety of top angling fish, including coral trout, snapper, red emperor, kingfish, mackerel, giant trevally, bream, whiting, flathead, tailor, mangrove jack, and barramundi along with sand and mud crabs.

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Tin Can Bay has a large marina, a yacht club, a volunteer coast guard and a number of public boat ramps.

The marina contains 172 berths ranging in size between 9 metres to over 20 metres and a boat ramp. It has diesel and ULP points and a 30 tonne travel lift which is largely utilised by the thriving marine industry sector.

The Tin Can Bay Yacht Club was established in 1981 and now provides the amenity of a Bistro together with the “Wide Bay Bar”. The Yacht Club organises round-the-buoys races regularly throughout the summer season from September to May and in the winter season from June to August and hosts two regattas each year: the Intercity Spring Regatta in October and the Cooloola Cup in June. The Club adjoins a large public boat ramp with a large car and trailer parking area.

Walks and Trails

The “Great Sandy National Park” comprises an approximate area of 56,000 hectares situated between the coastal towns of Noosa Heads and Rainbow Beach.  Access to the outer extremities of the National Park is possible in a conventional two-wheel drive vehicle with a wide range of walking tracks accessible and ranging from short circuits to long hikes.

Cooloola has the largest remaining area of coastal vegetation on the southern Queensland’s mainland, having been shaped by sand, wind and water over many years.  Walking trails provide a diverse landscape including large coloured sand dunes, sandblows, endless beaches, freshwater lakes, tall forests, paperbark swamps and wildflower heath.

The 102 kilometres long Cooloola Great Walk showcases the very best of the recreation area’s outstanding natural attractions.  The extensive walking track system winds through rainforest, tall eucalypt forest, dry coastal woodland and heath plains.

A comprehensive list of walking track in the region can be found here and a detailed map here.

Four-Wheel Driving

Exploring the “Great Sandy National Park” can also be undertaken in a four-wheel drive.  There is an abundant number of inland tracks and miles and miles of beach to explore.  Check out the Great Beach Drive video here.



Four school busses pick up and drop off to the following

Tin Can Bay State School – 6 km’s/6 minutes or School Bus

Rainbow Beach State School – 25 km’s / 20 minutes

Kia Ora State School – 30 km’s / 22 minutes

Gympie State High School – 50 km’s/ 30 minutes


C&K Tin Can Bay Community Kindergarten

Kiddly Winks Learn and Play


Woolworths and a number of specialty shops within walking distance of the Cooloola Sands estate.


Public Transport

Gympie Regional Council provides twice daily bus services into Gympie, Rainbow Beach and Tin Can Bay.

Some of the other popular attractions are:

  • Shooting Range
  • Model Aero Club
  • Craft and Quilting Groups
  • Gardening Club
  • RSL Club
  • Restaurants and Hotel
  • Waterside cycling and walking circuits
  • Horse riding tracks
  • Skate park and Playgrounds
  • Public BBQ and picnic facilities

Interaction With Surrounding Bushlands

Cooloola Sands is designed not only for housing, but also for community interaction with the surrounding bushlands. Each precinct area is designed to take the fullest advantage of the natural bushland surroundings, with streets, home blocks and house designs offering bushland views and immediate access to the extensive pathways and bike paths that wind through the bushland areas.