Esplanade Boardwalk from Barnacles, Tin Can Bay

Esplanade Boardwalk from Barnacles, Tin Can Bay

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Posted 2024-05-08 by T. A. Rosefollow
Boardwalk, near the fish co-op, building on the right


For part of Tin Can Bay 's shoreline walk, is a boardwalk from Norman Point to the Snack Shack . The esplanade's path then becomes a bit more open and accessible, and there are more grassy parklands. Starting at Barnacles , where early morning dolphin feeding is a daily activity, I have shown some noticeable points in the boardwalk in a gallery below.

Tin Can Bay was once called Wallu, but is now known as Tin Can Bay. I don't think the reference to tin can is related to the shape of the bay, the answer to the legend lies most likely at the Tin Can Bay library and in local Gympie historical associations (that link is an extensive website about Gympie history, with a search that has results for Tin Can Bay). The most likely answer is a First Nations' local tribe word that sounded like the English word Tin Can. Interestingly, tin can purely as an English compound noun (an adjective if used to describe a bay) was invented in the 19th century so when the Gympie gold rush occurred a few decades after tin cans became popular, (clearly ideal for sailors) it is at least plausible that historically, Tin Can Bay could be named the way it was named. The name Wallu is still referred to in connection to Tin Can Bay, because the name Tin Can Bay has only been official for the town since the mid-1930s.

I walked the boardwalk near the esplanade, where my walk started at the dolphin feeding. I foreshadowed this one, they had a bumper turnout both for a count of dolphins and many spectators. The guides are very brave to dip in the water and explain all the amazing facts about the history of this spectacle - what it is, and the unique facts related to the dolphins that are swimming in at that moment. Hence there is a blend of year-in-year-out deliverable information plus new ideas so it's one of those tours that isn't as repetitive as it seems, and attending twice I genuinely thought I was fortunate to see the spectacle that it is a second time.

Below is the boat where the dolphins swim in to spend some time with their human friends. I said foreshadow, so I just left a photo of the fins. The guides have the sense to wear a wetsuit whilst standing in that water, Tin Can Bay is tropical but in winter at that time of day it is quite cold and to stand in such waters means the lack of movement would easily require the use of a wetsuit. Even so, very good job all round by the folks at the Barnacles Centre and it looks like quite a fantastic occupation despite the cold water and early starts. The dolphin viewings are way beyond expectations in that you can stand so close to approximately ten wild dolphins.



Above at Norman Point, just before a path that quickly ends at the point itself is a sign about the area, it's one of the few major signs, however, the boardwalk starts after, it's right beside the town pool and car parks. Note that the marina is further down, shielded by Snapper Creek seen in the dolphin feeding photo - the second photo from the top of this article. As you go down the esplanade boardwalk, you will be going past the main part of the Tin Can Bay. Norman Point is significant, but more geographically, and not to my knowledge is any famous event in history associated with it. Despite being in the vicinity, Barnacles Dolphin Centre is a bit away from Norman Point, which at least to me is where Tin Can Bay starts proper on the township side.



As seen below, there are all these little exit points on the boardwalk, to get a swim, the bay is so shallow, that I saw it when the tide was fully out, which is often around midday. It's like looking at a desert in fact, just flat and sandy. There must be a deeper bit for the boats, but most of it is a lagoon, a giant seawater mass and thus is so swimmable, I mean swimmable as in wadable and safely wadable. On the morning of my esplanade walk, I wasn't brave in the crisp cold air like the dolphin tour guides, nor did I have a wetsuit packed with me, hence I didn't go swimming, but to my knowledge is a really safe sea swimming place, because it is just a totally sheltered bay.



Hence, such exit points assist one to photograph - if you really want to live it up, just bring some fold up chairs for a few hours and enjoy the bay!





Images by author 2024, and an ending with a photo of the boardwalk around the middle of the walk's duration.


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