Tannum Sands

Tannum Sands is a coastal town on the Central East Coast of Queensland, Australia. At the 2006 census, Tannum Sands had a population of 4,139.[1] The population of Tannum Sands and neighbouring twin town Boyne Island is approaching 10,000. The two localities are separated only by the Boyne River.

Tannum Sands is primarily a tourist and residential town. It has a patrolled beach and is well known as a fishing venue with access to the Great Barrier Reef, the Boyne River and Lake Awoonga. It is a major residential area for the nearby Boyne Island Aluminium Smelter and Gladstone-based industries.

Boyne Island and Tannum Sands is also home to the Boyne Tannum Hookup, Australia's Largest Family fishing event held on the Queens Birthday long weekend. The event is held at Bray Park. This event is very popular with more than 3,000 entrants entering into it.

Kiteboarding is a rapidly growing sport in the region, with Tannum Sands becoming a nationally renowned location. The sport is promoted annually with the Coconet Classic, which was formerly the National Kiteboarding Titles, but is now an open event held during the Easter long weekend.

Wild Cattle Island

Located to the south of Tannum Sands and the City of Gladstone, Wild Cattle Island National Park comprises two low vegetated sand islands separated by mangroves and intertidal creeks and flats. The 580 ha park is part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and is important habitat for endangered migratory birds and nesting sea turtles.

Wild Cattle Creek separates the park from the mainland on the parks western side. At low tide the creek dries and visitors can walk 600 m across the creek to the park from Wild Cattle Creek boat ramp or the southern creek access path of Millenium Esplanade. Visitors will need to time their arrival and departure to coincide with low tides.

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Visitors can enjoy a quiet camp behind the dunes, a picnic on the wide sweeping beach on the parks eastern boundary or explore the estuaries and creeks for a spot of fishing.

There are no formed walking tracks on the island. Visitors are welcome to explore the vine scrub, woodlands and foreshore but must be self sufficient and well prepared.


The area south of the Boyne River was originally known as Wild Cattle and had been a popular fishing and picnic location for the people of Boyne Island, but remained unsettled due to its inaccessibility. Closer settlement began in the late 1930s when 12 beach front lots were auctioned. The Town received its name when a group of children returned from a Sunday School picnic to the beach quite sunburnt. The comment was made "we can really tan 'um over there." One of the people present worked for the Queensland Land Department thought it would be a good name for the area and registered the name. Closer settlement began in the late 1930s when 12 beach front lots were auctioned.

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