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Tannum Sands
Beach at Tannum Sands, 2014.JPG
Beach at Tannum Sands, 2014
Population 5,254 (2011 census)
Postcode(s) 4680
LGA(s) Gladstone Regional Council
State electorate(s) Gladstone
Federal Division(s) Flynn

Tannum Sands is a coastal town and locality on the central east coast of Queensland, Australia within the Gladstone Region. At the 2011 census, Tannum Sands had a population of 5,254. 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.


The area south of the Boyne River was originally known as Wild Cattle Creek (being the name of the creek that flows through the area) 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 original name Tannum 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.

On 12 April 1951, the town was renamed Tannum Sands.


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 are 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.

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