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Dolphin Waters
40-41 The Esplanade, Tin Can Bay, Queensland 4580, Australia   |  
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Tin Can Bay
Thornton, Fife, Scotland
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“short break”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

We stayed for 3 nights in October in unit 12. We were a little sceptical about the description of the apartments amenities, so were pleasantly surprised to find everything as described. I have never stayed in a self catering apartment which had as many amenities as this one. Check in was painless and the staff were friendly and helpful.Great view from the balcony and handily placed for the Marina and dolphin feeding, which was nice. As we are from the UK we are unlikely to visit Tin Can Bay again but I would highly recommend Dolphin Waters.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Brisbane, Australia
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

I was expecting the usual self contained apartment with minimal additions and extras. I was pleasantly surprised to see all the soaps, shampoo etc like a hotel, no bed bugs, comfy beds, and clean as a whistle. More crockery and cutlery than was needed. I didn't even have to get out my own sharp knife out as they already had one that worked. Plenty of equipment to cook with, plenty of room, austar with more channels than expected. Good pressure in the shower too.

Room Tip: We were in room 11 upstairs, great view over the ocean. Right above the pool. Very noisy if you don...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for three nights so we could feed the dolphins. Hotel is about a ten minute walk to where the dolphins come in and overlooks the sea. Our apartment was two doomed and had a nice large balcony which overlooked the pool.
We didn't use the pool because if rained the whole time we were there. Managed to see the dolphins two mornings running but had been advised they didn't cone the previous morning. The locals tho k this is due to the high levels of freseh water in the sea due to the local floods.
There isn't much going on in tin can bay but the hotel is a 5mi Ute walk from the boat club where we had dinner one night (we were only people in there)
The hotel was nice and clean and had an amenities pack ready for when we arrived which was a nice gesture. The washing machine a d dryer came in very handy a d would stat here again.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in apartment 12 which was on 1st floor and at front of property which was great. Very clean, close to everything including where dolphins come in for a feed, and handy to everything. Staff very helpful.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2012

First time stayed here in 2007 when travelling to Australia to visit my sister. After a 26 hour flight from the UK she suggested stopping on the way from the airport to hers and said why not go see the dolphins. We literally fell across the place and i loved it, after the last day and a half i found the apartment clean comfortable and very good value. Although the pool is small i stayed a good hour just watching the sun go down. After a good night sleep we walked the 400m to see the aquatic mammals, great.
Fast foward to 2010 and i came over with my wife to visit Sis, just had to stay there again, this time I booked online and made sure i had 2 full days in the area, one to see Rainbow beach (amazing) and one for tin can bay. Clare also fell in love with the place and its simple charm, I was still smitten but could not believe the videos for loan were still the same!!!! ( joke, but true). Also found a wonderful restaurant Snappers on the water, we were the only couple there at 8.15pm and treated like we were the only couple in the world the food was great and sitting outside in such an ideal location made it even better. After a great ights stay it was off to see the dolphins, unfortunately 'misty' accidently got chased off by the local police launch and we didn't get to see and feed them. Never mind its a good excuse to stay on our next visit especially with our new daughter who would love the beach at Rainbow, the Dolphins, food, and the apartment. reccomended.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Surfers Paradise, Australia
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

This is where I always stay when taking the kids up to Tin Can Bay. It has modern facilities, a small pool and family rooms with bunk beds.

It's nice and close to where the dolphins come in to feed and on the main road, across from the park and inlet.

God value and convenient.

Room Tip: All rooms are good and spacious
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2011

Stayed here in February, have booked it for January but couldn't make it due to the floods, so they were happy for us to use this room at a later stage. Tin Can Bay is really small so I guess every location will be good, saying that, it was absolutely lovely. It was a beautiful very sunny weekend and we had a great time, spent a day at the beach, just across the road, went to have dinner to an amazing restaurant, sorry can't remember the name, I think it was black something (a bird). Food was amazing. Anyway, room was for four people, it was only two of us, and there was a very nice balcony, kitchen and washing facilities, we stayed one night and probably didn't need all that, but it's great if you're staying longer. Room was pleasant, quite happy room. Clean too and you could pick up some DVDs from the reception. Overall, very happy and would go there again. Price was good too we thought, bearing in mind Australia is expensive in general.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 40-41 The Esplanade, Tin Can Bay, Queensland 4580, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Fraser Coast > Gympie Region > Tin Can Bay
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Tin Can Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The perfect place for a kick-back, get-away-from-it-all break where you can feed the wild dolphins, stroll along the waterfront or just relax on your balcony or patio! ... more   less 
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