Tropical Coast of Queensland

Agnes Water

Agnes Water is the most northerly surfing beach in Queensland. The beaches around here range from small secluded coves and inlets to the broad expanse of Bustard Bay and Agnes Beach itself, all with clean white sand interspersed by rocky headlands.

Where is it?: Agnes Water is 60 kms north of Bundaberg.

Agnes Water, and its close neighbour - the town of 1770 - are surrounded by National Parks and hinterland beauty, they enjoy unspoilt serenity, pristine coral reefs and magnificent panoramic views up and down kilometres of beautiful beach fronting onto the Coral Sea. Besides being sited in an absolutely fabulous location, tucked in behind Bustard Head alongside a huge saltwater lagoon, 1770 has access to just about every kind of outdoor activity a traveller comes to Queensland seeking to do. Here you can play golf, fish, swim, snorkel, beach comb, take a joyflight of the area; you can even go surfing.

For many years, this little corner of paradise has been Queensland's best kept secret. The people who live there, along with those who visit there religiously every holiday season, would love to keep it that way. The absence of floods of tourists has played a big part in giving this place and its neighbour, Agnes Water, the feel of a quiet forgotten backwater in an idyllic tropical setting.

Surrounding area

Town of 1770

For many years, a little corner of paradise called 1770 has been Queensland's best kept secret. The people who live there, along with those who visit there religiously every holiday season, would love to keep it that way. 1770 Headland has the distinction of being one of the few places on the East Coast of Australia, or indeed, in the whole of Australia, where you can see the sun rise and set over water in the same location.

Eurimbula National Park

Deepwater National Park and Eurimbula National Park are characterised by rainforests, native shrubs, open heathland, swamplands, coastal vegetation, waterholes, plenty of native animals and birdlife including emus. There are some lovely secluded beaches which afford excellent opportunities for swimming and both beach and rock-fishing.

You can obtain a camping permit, pay your fees and gain further information from the Seventeen Seventy National Parks office, tel: (07) 4974 9350. If you arrive at a park without a permit obtain one from the self-registration stand, complete it and place it in the self-registration box with money enclosed before setting up camp. No domestic animals, no generators and no open fires are permitted in the parks. Please use a gas or fuel stove for cooking. To get to Eurimbula National Park from Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy, head towards the Bruce Highway and Miriam Vale. On the way, ook out for the Eurimbula National Park sign. Turn onto the unsealed road and travel 4km to the park entrance. If you plan on travelling along the park's many tracks, high clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles with low range capacity are recommended.

Deepwater National Park

The park's diverse vegetation of coastal scrubs, eucalypt woodlands, wet heaths and sedgelands surround Deepwater Creek and its tributaries. Tannins and other substances leached from surrounding heath plants stain the creek water brown. The creek is fringed by tall forests of swamp mahogany, paperbark and cabbage palms, and is broken in places by shallow sections of reed bed and paperbark forest. In these areas water only flows during the wet season. Deepwater supports diverse birdlife such as emus, red-tailed black-cockatoos, honeyeaters, brahminy kites and waterbirds. Nesting turtles frequent Deepwater Beach from October to April, turtle hatchlings emerge from the nests from January, usually at night.

Be aware that swimming is not recommended in the coastal waters in this area there are strong currents and rips, sharks and marine stingers. The beach is not patrolled and help can be hours away. You can take a beach walk or rest and enjoy the beach environment beneath shady she-oaks. The beach is a vehicle-free zone.

From Agnes Water, travel along Springs Road for 4km, follow the unsealed, sand track to the park's northern boundary. Middle Rock camping area is 14km south of Agnes Water. Wreck Rock camping area is 17km south of Agnes Water.

Lady Musgrave Island

A 14 hectares coral cay, and the second island in the Great Barrier Reef chain of islands (with the first being Lady Elliot Island). Lady Musgrave Island is the most intensively used of the camping islands within the Capricorn Bunker group, due to its protected anchorage within a semi-enclosed lagoon and a regular ferry service. Tour operators also offer fully guided tours of the reef and give you the opportunity to slip into the warm tropical waters - perfect any time of the year for diving, swimming and snorkelling.