of 1770 & Agnes Water
Water and Town of 1770
are two gorgeous little towns in the State of
Queensland, just 384 Km North of Brisbane. They
are a "must to visit" and spend at least
3 days (1 week is the ideal). I call the area unique in terms of
tourist attraction in Australia, because, where else
from the same place could you do things
such as snorkel or dive at the Great Barrier Reef, sunbake in
one of the many pristine beaches, surf very nice
the untouched nature of 2 National Parks just
around town, go fishing and crabbing in one of the
best estuaries in Australia, or take an unforgettable
tour to a far away lighthouse aboard an amphibious
vehicle LARC which rides all the way by the beach
crossing rivers and creeks?
Town of 1770
and Agnes Water are less than 6 Km apart. In
reality, they are so close one from another, that
there is not the sensation of changing towns. The
Town of 1770 is historic, because it was there
that on 24 of May 1770 Captain Cook first landed
in Queensland, searching for fresh food and water,
while Joseph Banks, the botanist on board, was
entertained classifying and drawing unknown
species of plants (there is a cairn with a
plate at the location Captain Cook came ashore). 1770
( Seventeen Seventy) as the Australians call
the town, is much smaller and pristine than Agnes.
It is squeezed between a beautiful green hill and
the estuary that shows during low tide fantastic
shapes and forms of its many sandbanks. It is not
a town properly, but a single street with houses
up on the hill, some of them doubling as accommodation.
In 1770 there are only 3 places with facilities to buy
food which are the Marina, the restaurant/bar, and
a small shop with a few items at the Caravan Park.
The double boat ramp is located just beside the
marina (from where the LARC and Lady Musgrave
Tour departures to Barrier Reef). The Sunset from the town of
1770 are simply breathtaking and the vibration and
beauty of the place are unforgettable .
Water is a more
built up place than the town of 1770. There is where most of the
infra structure can be
found, such as supermarkets, variety shops,
police, petrol station, pharmacy, takeaway, real estate,
bakery, tourist information, liquor shop, pub, etc. On the
highway just before
Agnes, more facilities such as car
mechanic, tyre shop, and hardware store are
available to locals and visitors as well. Agnes
Water have an open ocean surf beach which
is patrolled (life savers) during weekends,
holidays and peak season. When the conditions are favourable, the point break as well as many
peaks along the beach produces excellent surf (and
it is the
last surf place if you travelling North to catch decent
waves). Most of the restaurants and accommodation
are also located in Agnes or along the road to
should I visit The Town of 1770 and Agnes Water?
1770 and Agnes Water have plenty of spectacular activities
that cater for all ages but in special for
families, backpackers, naturalists, adventurers,
anglers, divers and surfers. Even the most expensive tour
is a good value for money and many attractions are completely
free or cost almost nothing. See below some of the
most interesting things to do, and please, click on
the active links for more information.
Head - LARC
An incredible day trip to the Bustard Head
Lighthouse riding all the way on the beach
aboard an amphibious vehicle. The tour
crosses 4 creeks and climbs a steep hill
only possible to be done by the LARC. Very
fun tour to a historic place. Also, Sunset
tours departing from 1770.
You don't need to travel up North to see,
snorkel, or dive the Great Barrier
Reef, because the Southern end is right
here in front of 1770 and Agnes Water. A
great daytour to one of the most scenic
islands of the Great Barrier Reef.
- From the 1770 estuary, just passing the
Marina, you can explore the estuary and sand
banks in a guided tour. Turtles, Dolphins,
and marine birds are frequent spotted.
or Body board
- Two points and endless peaks at the beach
break right in front of Agnes Water produce
good waves, or, if you have a car go to
Spring Beach 5 Km to the right of Agnes
(free). If you want to learn, there is
Surfing School at Agnes that will teach you
how to surf in a flash.
The predominant East-Southeast wind some
times blows really strong creating the
perfect environment for the sport on open
sea or at the estuary (free). There is a
Kite surf school for you to learn this
Fishing and Boating
the Marina in 1770 you can rent a boat to
have great moments fishing or crabbing the
calm waters of the Estuary or, for a more serious
offshore and reef fishing the MV James Cook
have day fishing trips and multi-days
charters. Hooked Adventures tours also does
open see and reef fishing.
- Visit the small but great local museum
which reveals all the rich history of the
arrival of Captain James Cook plus the work
done by the botanist Joseph Banks. Also see
historic photos and read about the ghostly
facts behind the Bustard Heads lighthouse.
(small entrance fee)
is a easy and nice 30 min. walk on the top
of the cliffs looking at breathtaking ocean
views, including secluded and pristine
beaches which you can access, if you wish.
The track begins at the Museum, 500 metres
to the right of Agnes, almost in front of
the police station (free).
- Have a trilling motorcycle ride tour which
driven by yourself together with a group of
other backpackers. The tour visits the main
places of interest in 1770 and Agnes, and
also passes by many places full of wild
Water Golf Course
- 6km before Agnes on the highway. The place
offers a 18 holes course, and all the equipment
including clubs and buggy can be hired there
at very reasonable prices.
Cook Landing Place
- Visit the exactly place where James Cook
first landed in Queensland. The cairn and commemorative
plate is located just beside the road after
the Caravan Park in 1770 (free).
Headland and Lookout
- Located at the very end of the road to
1770, at the tip of the Cape. There is a
easy walkway to the lookout which offers
great views to the estuary (photo) and also
to the sea. It takes about 20 minutes round
trip. Great place to watch the sunset
on the Beach
- A book, sun protector, water or
refreshments are all you need to enjoy one of
our fantastic beaches. The estuary beach in
1770 is as calm as a lake, and it is great
for kids and families (free).
There are two national parks very close to 1770
and Agnes, both encompassing a large part of
pristine-desert beach front. Also, both are free
for day trips and the overnight or camping are
charged at a small fee.
- Just follow Spring Road to the right of
Agnes Water for about 7 Km, and you'll see at
the entrance of the park. The road inside the
park is mostly soft sand which will require a
4x4 (not for conventional vehicles). The
beaches and places such as the flat rock are
really beautiful, and you can keep going down
until Baffle Creek (Rules Beach) and come back
by the main road (Bundaberg-Agnes).
from the author: 2 Km before the entrance of
the park on the left (beach side) is the access to
Spring Beach (Gorgeous beach with good surf and
the place to see turtles). At the end of the beach
begins the track to Red Rock which is a nice walk.
One need to be fit for the hills, and don't forget
to bring plenty of water and sun screen.
- The boundary of this park begins at the opposite
margin of 1770 estuary and goes up till
Bustard point with a small interruption
between. There are two camping grounds: A place called Middle
Creek and another called Bustard Beach
Campground. To reach the park take a gravel road from the
main highway about 10 Km from Agnes. It is only 25 Km to
the creek, but the road is very slow which
takes about 45 minutes. It is ok for
conventional vehicles, unless you get rain
there is 1 shallow creek to cross (4x4 is
place is Breathtaking and there are toilets
facilities and a camping ground). Excellent if
taking a boat because the main activity there
is fishing. If staying overnight, you must
reserve and pay in advance on the website of Queensland
National Parks. The amphibious LARC
has a trip that passes by this entire park.
in Town of 1770 and Agnes Water
- There are plenty of accommodation from camping
to 5 stars and everything between, such as caravan
Parks, bed and breakfast, backpacker hostels,
hotels, motels, and a huge number of holiday
houses to let.
& Caravan Parks -
Besides the camping areas in the National Parks,
there is a camping area right on the top of Workman’s Beach.
It is only 200 metres down to the beach and the
place can get quite busy during the end of the
year holidays and Easter. We do recommend book in
advance if you plan to camp there during these periods. There
are 4 Caravan Parks to choose from.
In 1770 the beach front "1770 Camping
Ground" and Caravan Park is located in a gorgeous
little bay, and it is spectacular for boat owner
because you can anchor your boat right in front of
the caravan park in a protected beach. It can get
very crowded with families during the festive
season and pre-book is a must specially if you
have a big rig. On the road to Agnes Water, still nearby
1770 the "Captain Cook Holiday Village"
is another good option. In Agnes there is a new
beachfront Caravan park called "Agnes Water
First Point", and 6 Km before Agnes, is
where the Discovery Coast Caravan Park is located
(the less dearer of all).
First Point Caravan Park in Agnes Water
Backpackers - Cool
Tree Motel - Sandcastles
Motel & Resort.
Getaway Holiday Retreat - Agnes
Water Bush Retreat - Southern
Cross Tourist Retreat - Town
of 1770 Beach Shacks - Bustard
Bay Lodge - Sunbird
Gardens - Seachange
Agnes Water Beach Club - Agnes
Palms Beachside Apartments.
& Resorts: Edge
on Beach - Mantra
Pavillions Mirage - 1770 Sovereign
State Agents: (They
have Holiday houses and Apartments to let) - Ray
White Agnes Water - Beaches
of 1770 Realty - 1770
Beach Accommodation - PRD
Nationwide Agnes Water.
Restaurants and eateries in Agnes
and 1770 are not plenty, but good enough to keep
you happy, healthy and fit for the activities day
after day. The best restaurants are resort based
and booking is essential. Anyway, there are Cafes
and take away, fish and Chips, pizza delivery, and
also the pub which has on certain days of the week
(specially Sundays) a self-service which costs
about A$ 15 for all you can eat. The 2 supermarkets
in town, plus the butcher and the bakery are good
enough to keep you well fed without spending too
much. Town of 1770 has only a cafe located at the
Marina, and a Cafe/Restaurant with sea view near
the Caravan Park. Roast Chicken is available from
many places including the supermarket, the petrol
station, and the liquor shop.
to get to Town of 1770 and Agnes Water
the Bruce Highway between the cities of Gladstone
and Bundaberg there is a small town called Miriam
Vale. From there, the road to 1770 and Agnes
is an easy 52 Km. Also, if coming from South, you
can enter Bundaberg, cross the bridge, and take
the road to 1770 (more of less 125 Km from Bundy).
Both roads are good bitumen, and suitable for big
caravans or motorhome (not many steep hills).
Australia (The big red intercity bus) offer
services to Agnes and 1770 from all tourist towns
and bigger cities of Queensland.
to Bundaberg or Gladstone and hire a car or take
the bus to get to 1770 or Agnes.
the Tilt Train to Miriam Vale and connect
with a transfer to the town of Town of 1770 and
Water Beach - 6 Km of wonder
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