The seaside communities of Boyne Island and Tannum Sands offer a relaxed coastal lifestyle centred on the outdoors and maritime pursuits.
The award winning foreshore of Millennium Esplanade at Tannum Sands Beach is found just nine kilometres off the Bruce Highway. Its golden sands make it the perfect spot for a leisurely beach holiday.
The innovative and eco-friendly design of Millennium Esplanade makes it an ideal place for picnics, barbeques and of course swimming. The waters are patrolled by lifesavers during Spring and Summer, providing a safe way to cool off. With only a small variation in water temperature during the year, you can take a dip virtually all year round.
Just south of Millennium Esplanade is Wild Cattle Island, an untouched national park separated by Wild Cattle Creek. Visitors can access the island by boat across the creek. A boat ramp is located adjacent to the creek. It is a great destination for a day trip or obtain a permit and camp the night.
Boyne Island is surrounded by the Boyne River, a popular fishing and skiing location. The calm estuarine river winds its way through the township along Turtle Way, 15 kilometres of river front walking tracks. From Turtle Way head to Canoe Point and take a walk along the cliff top boardwalk and enjoy the magnificent sights. Investigate the botanic walk behind the sand dunes.
The foreshore parklands along the Boyne River are the perfect vantage point to observe boats, outrigging crews and water skiers which epitomises the coastal community’s love for the outdoors.
Bray Park has plenty of facilities for adults and kids alike. A well equipped skate park is available for thrill seekers. A boat ramp and pontoon area is provided to launch your boat and take to the ocean or river for some serious fishing. Alternatively, throughout the Gladstone Region there are a number of boat ramps and spots where you are sure to bag a few fish.
Those looking for an activity away from the water will not be disappointed. The area’s sporting facilities include a 14-hole golf course, which will be further developed into an 18-hole championship course with associated hotel/resort facility in the near future; indoor sports centre with rock climbing walls; lawn bowls green and rugby league, soccer, touch football and netball grounds.
The fishing enthusiast will no doubt want to time their trip to the district around the June long weekend to enjoy the area’s most popular fishing event, the Boyne-Tannum Hook-up. Situated on the banks of the Boyne River, this event is one of the most popular fishing competitions on the calendar, jam-packed with entertainment, giveaways and competitions.
Boyne Island and Tannum Sands are well serviced. The area is complemented by three shopping centres which include major chain outlets and speciality stores.
The local cafes, pubs, sports clubs and casual restaurants will soothe any hunger pains. From snacks to substantial meals, the eateries in Boyne Island and Tannum Sands won’t disappoint.
The area boasts a wide range of accommodation options. From beachfront or riverside hotels and caravan parks, to fully self-contained apartments and motels, lodgings are available to suit all tastes and budgets.
Located nearby is Lake Awoonga which is open for fishing all year round, with a limit only applying in the closed season from December to January. Along with fishing, many activities can be enjoyed on or around Lake Awoonga. The calm waters of the lake are an ideal place to swim, sail, canoe or ski. The lake is surrounded by stunning, naturally sculpted landscapes teeming with a wondrous array of plants, animals and birds; making it a great place for bushwalking, bird watching and photography.