You are going to love this weekend getaway which is only 2.5 hours from Brisbane, but a million miles from care. I have never been to the Seychelles, but I know that they are lovely tropical islands. However, I have been to Seychelle in Tin Can Bay. With its white-wash walls and cobalt blue trim, it evokes Mediterranean holidays. This was my first time in Tin Can Bay and I was in holiday mode and loving the coastal vibe. Although Tin Can Bay is on a peninsula, it feels like an island and I really enjoyed the Mediterranean style. I kept thinking of Seychelle as "Sea-shell" which is apt for these boutique seaside apartments.
The apartments are located only 50 metres from the calm waters of the Bay. You can relax in style in a fully self-contained split-level unit. The lovely front patio with table and chairs and coastal art was a very appealing first impression. The first thing that struck me when I entered was the cleanliness of the apartment. Although the apartments aren't super modern, they are well maintained and spotless.
Apartment 1 Patio (May Cross)
Each spacious apartment has a fully equipped kitchen with appliances such as fridge, stove, microwave, jug, toaster and everything else you are likely to need. The tastefully decorated bedroom has a queen size bed, with bedside tables and ample hanging space. The essence of the Med flows through the apartment with lemon and blue interior décor.
Queen Bedroom (May Cross)
The living room has air-con and free Wifi (but you may wish to switch off your phones and iPad to truly catch some R&R). There is a small, perfectly sweet dining room adjoining the kitchen. There is also undercover parking, laundry and clothesline (perfect for wet beach towels). And the best feature? The doors opened onto tranquillity. Each apartment enjoys its own private courtyard with an outdoor setting in a lush tropical garden.
Private Courtyard (May Cross)
Owner Mel was warm and welcoming and a font of information about the Cooloola Coast. She told me that she had holidayed in the area and loved it so much that she moved there with her family to "live the dream". They also want you to have the lifestyle and provide guests with free use of bikes, fishing rods, boogie boards and even a canoe; thoughtful touches like these made me feel at home,
Bikes for Guest Use (May Cross)
What to do in Tin Can Bay Here are the highlights of my trip – but there is much more to do than I have room to list here.
Norman Point Fishing Boats (May Cross)
1. Dolphin Feeding The famous wild dolphins are the reason that I went to Tin Can Bay. They usually arrive between 7.00 am and 8.00 am at Norman Point next to the boat ramp. We got there early to ensure that we didn't miss out. There is plenty of free parking available for visitors. You need to purchase your feeding token, which are limited in numbers each day. Fish for feeding are available from Barnacles, as is a discounted breakfast while you wait. I was delighted that the young dolphin "Luna" came in that day. Other activities at Norman Point which you might like are fishing from the pontoon or beach fishing in channels; a public swimming pool; and the Yacht Club which is open to the public.
Foreshore at Low Tide (May Cross)
2. Tin Can Bay Town Circuit and Foreshore.
There is a terrific Bicycle- Walkway which circles the town and is well signposted. You can enjoy playgrounds, BBQs or a shaded stroll along the foreshore. I explored the sand flats at low tide and took heaps of photos. It is a great place to bird watch and apparently, over 137 species of birds have been identified in the area. I also swam in the warm shallow water which is very safe, even for children. There is also a Wildflower Walk in season.
Wildlife Abounds on the Foreshore (May Cross)
3. Tin Can Bay Country Club Although I didn't play a game of golf, at the well-kept 18-hole course, I did visit the Country Club. I sipped cocktail sun-downers with the locals and holiday-makers, at reasonable Happy Hour prices and even won a raffle prize. Good fun.
Inskip Beach and Barge to Fraser Island (May Cross)
4. Inskip Point
I took a scenic drive to nearby Inskip Point through bustling Rainbow Beach. Inskip is well known to many as the closest access point to Fraser Island, which is World Heritage listed and is the largest sand island in the world. Inskip is popular with campers as it has a golden sandy beach and shallow lagoons past the point. Enjoy leisurely beach walks, swim, fish or just watch the barge crossing to and from Fraser Island. Be warned that at the point the water is deep near the barge, and a large sinkhole recently opened up at Inskip.
Old Wooden Bridge over Searys Creek (May Cross)
5. Searys Creek
This was one of my coolest finds. There are lovely freshwater swimming holes next to Searys Creek Bridge. It was built in 1956 to transport logs by truck to Poverty Point to be sent to Hynes Mill in Maryborough. The water is so crystal clear you can spot Moray eels and fish in the creek.
Bag a Bargain at the Local Op Shop (May Cross)
6. Church Op Shop
I chanced upon a quaint little Op Shop housed in an old local Church in Buchanan Avenue. It is open Monday through Friday from 9.00 am to 12 noon. It is a pity that the weekenders will miss out. All money raised supports the local church community. I bought some beautiful glass candle holders and some hand-made Christmas decorations (getting in early this year). I hope you too find some interesting second-hand bargains or a retro piece or two.