Tin Can Bay is about a 3 hour drive north of Brisbane. Take the Bruce Highway and on reaching Gympie, turn right onto Tin Can Bay road. The turnoff is well signposted a kilometre or so following entry into the 80kph speed limit zone.
For those with a bit less time try Whales By Air. Call them on 0420 922 698.
Follow Tin Can Bay Road all the way to Norman Point. The Barnacles Dolphin Centre and Cafe is located to the left of the boat launching ramp at Norman Point. There is a "Special Car Parking Area for Dolphin Feeding" at the rear of the swimming pool, and then it is just a short walk over to the Dolphin Feeding Centre.
Head west on Rainbow Beach Road for 34km and turn right at Tin Can Bay Road.
Turn left from the Bruce Highway at Channon Street (Gympie Connection Road) and follow the signs to Tin Can Bay.
The human history of Tin Can Bay dates back to the 19th century when timber and fishing were the primary industries. Development of the township took off in the 1930s and the township now has a population of 2000 as at the 2006 census.
While there are differing versions of how the name Tin Can Bay came about, it is widely believed that it originated from the indigenous word Tuncunbar, the place of the Dugong, which was once widespread throughout the Sandy Straits.