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

1770 is a departure point for reef cruises and fishing charters to the most southerly islands of the outer Great Barrier Reef. Day tours and wilderness camping transfers operate to nearby Lady Musgrave Island. Day tours also operate to Fitzroy Reef, Pancake Creek and the historic Bustard Heads lighthouse. For the camping enthusiast, four National Parks including Deepwater, Eurimbula, Mount Colosseum and Round Hill offer wilderness camping and hiking – all best accessed with a four wheel drive vehicle or guided tour. It is also from 1770 that pink Larc amphibious vehicles take tourists over part-water part-land for an adventure ride along the coastline of Eurimbula National Park.

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.

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.

1770 Liquid Adventures

Take in the natural beauty from a completely different perspective – from a kayak. See the amazing marine life that inhabits the area, spot dolphins, turtles, stingrays, marine birds and more. Marvel at the natural beauty this area is famous for. Captain Cook discovered it, now you can see it from his perspective too. Paddle past ‘Monument Point’, cruise along mangroves, explore sandbars and beaches. You can hire a kayak and go exploring by yourself, or join a fully guided adventure tour. You can cruise at a relaxed pace, discover new places, surf a wave on your kayak, and spot dolphins as you follow in Captain Cook’s footsteps.

Larc Tours

he town of 1770 is home to a fleet of novel but very practical amphibious vehicles that are used to take guests on full day part-land, part-sea coastal adventures. The tour begins at 9am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays (more tours are scheduled during school holidays) from the Marina at 1770 where the bright pink ex-army Larc vehicles are boarded. The Larc then travels along the coastline of Eurimbula National Park, crossing four tidal creeks, before four wheel driving up the steep climb to the historic Bustard Head Lightstation. Well versed guides provide an informative commentary on the area’s abundant wildlife and the history of Bustard Bay. The adventurous can participate in sand-boarding down the towering dunes of Middle Island.  

Dining Out

The Tree Bar and Restaurant, 1770: Located on the beachfront at the Queensland town of 1770, with great sights and a nice open eating area, amazing views of the water and surrounds along with friendly staff. With the acquisition of a full hotel licence and a state-of-the-art kitchen they are now providing patrons with the best wine and beer selection in the area as well as the most enjoyable dining experience. Using fresh local seafood and locally grown produce, their chefs have only the finest ingredients to work with. So welcome to the friendliest spot in 1770, enjoy the finest coffee on the coast or visit them for breakfast, lunch or dinner or just drinks on the deck and witness the magnificent view.

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Brief history of 1770:

This tiny picturesque township, nestled on the western side of a peninsula over looking one of the most magnificent views of Bustard Bay and Round Hill Creek, began to take shape around the turn of the 20th century as a collection of fishing shacks. In 1936, the village adopted its unusual name, which recalls the visit of British navigator Lieut. James Cook in the year 1770. By 1973, the first shop opened and it slowly developed from that to what it is today.
But 1770s’s story really began in the year after which the town was named, when, on Wednesday 24th May 1770, British explorer Lt. James Cook went ashore near Round Hill Head with a party of men in order to examine the country, accompanied by Joseph Banks and Dr. Solander. Cook’s ship, the barque HMS Endeavour, anchored about 3 km off shore.
This was Cook’s second landing in Australia and his first in Queensland, hence the Town of 1770 being referred to as the birthplace of Queensland. Cook and his party landed within the south point of the bay where they found a channel leading into a large lagoon. ‘’In this place there is a room for a few ships to lie in great security, and a small stream of fresh water.’’ Cook wrote. Many large birds were seen, namely pelicans.
Upon the shore they saw a species of bustard, one of which was shot. Somewhat like a large turkey, it was the best bird they had eaten since leaving England, and in honour of it they called the inlet Bustard Bay. Cook’s party did not see any natives during their shore visit, but they did find campsites, fires and artefacts. From the ship, however, members of the Endeavour’s crew observed about 20 members of the Meerooni tribe on the beach. At 4.30am on Thursday 25th May 1770, Cook sailed out of the bay.
In 1802 Matthew Flinders sailed into Bustard Bay in HMS Investigator on 2nd August, following Cook’s charts and charting the name Round Hill. In 1868, the Bustard Head lighthouse was commissioned, with Thomas Rooksby the first light keeper.

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