Barnacles Dolphin Centre offers its visitors a rare opportunity to interact with wild Indo-Pacific Humpback dolphins.

Our dolphin visitors

Mystique is an 23 year old male dolphin who has been interacting with the locals and visitors his entire life. Mystique learned this behaviour from his mother Scarry who herself was a regular visitor. Scarry has not been seen since 2004.

Following the disappearance of his mother Mystique took a break from the dolphin centre but returned after a couple of months accompanied by a female member of his pod Patch. More recently a juvenile from his pod, Harmony, has also been accompanying Mystique on his daily journey.

Mystique, Patch and Harmony together

Caring for the dolphins

There are some rules and regulations we ask our visitors to abide by to ensure our dolphins stay healthy and remain wild:

The dolphin feeding is regulated by the Queensland Government with a group of volunteers on site to ensure it is an enjoyable experience for both humans and dolphins.

What to expect

The dolphins generally arrive early so plan to be here some time between 7.00 and 8.00am. On arrival visitors are welcome to join the volunteers in the water and get to know these beautiful mammals.

Feeding commences at 8.00am with a small group of people in the water at one time. Fish for the feeding is available on site. As a volunteer group we request $5.00 per person entry fee plus $5.00 to cover the cost of each fish purchased and our other costs. Dolphin feeding does mean getting wet, at least up to your knees...so come prepared!

Once the dolphins are fed they generally return straight to the wild to get on with their day so be sure to be there before 8.00am to give yourself the best chance of enjoying this wonderful experience.

Of course, these animals are wild so we cannot guarantee their arrival time or even that there will be dolphins on a given day. However, patience is often rewarded when they are late so order some refreshments from the cafe, sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. It is rare for no dolphins to visit but as with all wildlife experiences it can happen.

Most of all enjoy yourselves and don’t forget to tell your friends and family about our beautiful dolphins and the spectacular Cooloola region.

Early morning dolphin Watching the dolphins in Tin Can Bay. Read more about the dolphins here.

Barnacles Cafe

Situated at Norman Point overlooking Snapper Creek, Barnacles Cafe provides a delightful setting for you to enjoy cafe style meals and refreshments while you are here to visit the dolphins or just taking in the beautiful scenery.

Barnacles Cafe is open from 7am to 5pm every day.

News Update

The cost to feed the dolphins includes a $5.00 per person entry fee plus $5.00 for each fish.

Barnacles in Top 10

Barnacles Dolphin feeding ranks as no 2 in top 10 Brisbane activities. Read the review at Weekendnotes.com