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Boyne Island

Take a short drive south from Gladstone to the picturesque coastal communities of Boyne Island and Tannum Sands and you will experience a relaxed coastal lifestyle centred on attractive beaches, riverside walkways, parklands and recreational activities.

With a population of close to 8000, these ‘twin’ communities are linked by a bridge across the beautiful Boyne River.

Boyne Island – the island you can drive to – offers a quality mix of residential, business, shopping, industry and environment where foreshore parks overlook boats, outrigger crews and fishing on the calm river waters.

The island is also home to Australia’s largest aluminium smelter – the State’s largest user of electricity. It employs 1200 people to produce 490,000 tonnes of metal a year. You are welcome to learn more about this fascinating facility at the Smelter Visitor Centre.

Recently awarded ‘Queensland’s Friendliest Beach’ and ‘Central Queensland’s Tidiest Beach’, Tannum Sands is just nine kilometres from the Bruce Highway, and has long white sandy beaches perfect for swimming, sailboarding and surfskiing. The main beach has beautifully-landscaped parklands ideal for picnics and barbecues. Queensland Lifesavers patrol the main beach each weekend and all summer holidays, adding to the safe and relaxed holiday atmosphere.

With only a small variation in seasonal water temperatures, the waters of Tannum Sands and Boyne Island are perfect for year-round swimming. The area is a popular stopover for the winter ‘migration’ from the south!

Boyne and Tannum have more than 15 kilometres of walks known as The Turtle Way, winding beside the river through bushland, dunes and parks such as the Canoe Point picnic area and environmental park botanic walks.

At southern end of the Tannum main beach is Wild Cattle Island – an untouched, National Park sand island separated from the mainland by Wild Cattle Creek.

Activites and Experiences at Boyne Island

  • Accommodation There is a broad range of accommodation facilities within the Boyne Island Tannum Sands area, including Motels, Bed and Breakfasts and Caravan Parks.
  • Ambulance There is an Ambulance Station located at Boyne Island.
  • Automatic Teller Machine There are Automatic Teller Machines for most Banks located at Boyne Island.
  • Banking Facilities There are several banks with branches located at Boyne Island.
  • Beach Tannum Sands was recently awarded Queenslands Friendliest Beach and Central Queenslands Tidiest Beach and boasts long white sandy beaches perfect for swimming, sailboarding and surfskiing. Boyne Island also has spectacular beaches.
  • Boat Ramp Several boat ramps are located in both Boyne Island and Tannum Sands.
  • Chemist There are chemists located in both Boyne Island and Tannum Sands.
  • Licensed Club
  • Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale
  • Fuel Several fuel distributers are located at Boyne Island.
  • Golf A nine hole golf course is located at Boyne Island with coaching, equipment hire and sales available.
  • Public Bar
  • Newsagent
  • Police There is a Police Station located at Tannum Sands.
  • Post Office
  • Public Telephone
  • Restaurant
  • Sporting Facilities There are some sporting facilities in the Boyne Island, Tannum Sands area.
  • Supermarket
  • Swimming Pool There is a swimming pool located at Tannum Sands.
  • Tennis Court There are tennis courts located at both Boyne Island and Tannum Sands.
  • Visitor Centres At Tannum Sands there is a Visitor Information Centre where the friendly staff will be more than happy to help you enjoy your holiday experience.
  • Beach Tannum Sands was recently awarded Queenslands Friendliest Beach and Central Queenslands Tidiest Beach and boasts long white sandy beaches perfect for swimming, sailboarding and surfskiing. Boyne Island also has spectacular beaches.
  • Caravan and Camping There are Caravan Parks at both Boyne Island and Tannum Sands with tent sites.
  • Fishing Local waterways and beaches provide ample opportunity for the angler to wet a line.
  • National Park At the southern end of Tannum Sands main beach is Wild Cattle Island – an untouched, National Park sand island seperated from the mainland by Wild Cattle Creek. Please do not attempt to swim across this tidal inlet as the currents are very strong.
  • RTN, QH and National Distributors (TQ)

Nearest Airport: Gladstone Airport

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