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Boyne Island and Tannum Sands

Boyne Island and Tannum Sands Queensland

Unique twin towns located near the mouth of a wonderful river with a relaxed atmosphere.


At a Glance

Boyne Island is actually an estuary, an island on a river as opposed to the ocean whereas Tannum Sands, its twin town, is located on the mainland. These twin communities share a very interesting dynamic and history, often hosting joint events such as the Boyne-Tannum Hook-up fishing competition. The area also houses a substantial length of walkways through the bushlands and sand dunes in the region.


Boyne Island and Tannum Sands
 
 


 

Where is Boyne Island and Tannum Sands?

 

Boyne Island is just a short drive south from Gladstone. It is located on the westbank of the Boyne River. You can experience a relaxed coastal lifestyle with water temperatures perfect for year-round swimming. There are also riverside walks and heritage-listed sites including William Wyndham’s gravesite and Sayre Crescent: St Luke’s Anglican Church to visit. The island is also home to Australia’s largest Aluminium Smelter. The best way to reach Boyne Island from Brisbane is by driving.


 

Things to see in Boyne Island and Tannum Sands

 

Wild Cattle Island National Park

Wild Cattle Island National Park is easily accessible from the mainland and offers a relaxed and remote island experience. It’s low vegetated islands, long sandy beach and rich estuaries are a quiet escape where visitors can enjoy picnicking, boating, fishing and wildlife watching.

 

Boyne Island

Wild Cattle Island National Park is easily accessible from the mainland and offers a relaxed and remote island experience. It’s low vegetated islands, long sandy beach and rich estuaries are a quiet escape where visitors can enjoy picnicking, boating, fishing and wildlife watching.

Boyne Island

Image Courtesy Tourism And Events Queensland/Katrina Elliott

 

Tannum Sands Beach

Tannum Sands is the surfing beach for the city of Gladstone. Originally it was established as a holiday settlement, mainly occupied by typical holiday 'shacks'. The beach was then known as Wild Cattle Beach and the Tannum Sands Surf Life Saving Club was established in 1936. The surf lifesaving club is located right at the apex of the bar and shoals, resulting in a wide surf zone at high tide south of the club house.

Tannum Sands Beach

Image Courtesy Tourism And Events Queensland/Katrina Elliott

 

Boyne-Tannum Hook-Up

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-Tannum Hook-Up

Image Courtesy Tourism And Events Queensland/Katrina Elliott

 

 
 

What's the weather like?

 

Boyne Island and Tannum Sands have a warm and temperate climate, experiencing hot summer and warm winters. Rainfall is common during the summer. In Summer (December to February), the average maximum temperature is 31°C with an average minimum of 22°C. In Winter (June to August), the average maximum temperature is 23°C with an average minimum of 12°C.

 

Get to know Boyne Island and Tannum Sands's history

 

The Boyne Island was opened for settlement in the 1850s when the government granted the first pastoral lease there. It was named after a nearby river on the mainland. The island consisted of small farming communities and grew to become a holiday destination over time. Across the strait lies Tannum Sands, a popular fishing and picnic spot for the islanders, it was named when a group of children returned home from the beach with a ‘tan’.

Today, these twin towns are well known for fishing activities, being in reach of the diverse and rich Great Barrier Reef region, with annual fishing events being held here.