Sunset over Bustard Bay, one of the few places on the east coast of Australia where the sun sets over the water.
Greetings from the birthplace of Queensland, the ‘Town of 1770’ and adjoining town of Agnes Water. If you’ve never heard of either place, we’re halfway between Bundaberg and Gladstone, abeam the southern part of the Great Barrier Reef.
It was here at 1770 that Captain James Cook walked on Austalian soil for the second time, the first being Botany Bay, thus the ‘birthplace of Queensland’ claim to fame. Mind you the original inhabitants of this area, the Meerooni people, had already been living in and enjoying this paradise for thousands of years.
The Town of 1770 has a pub, a couple of shops/cafes, marina and some very beautiful walks along the town’s boardwalk and in the adjoining national parks. One of its main attractions is that it is relatively unspoilt. It’s the perfect place to visit if you want to relax, go fishing, swim, surf or just lay back, sunbake and do nothing.
The jetty at 1770. With over 300 days of sunshine per year, residents say it’s “never too hot and never too cold”.
The town of Agnes Water is a stone’s throw away. We enjoyed three nights at The Reef Caravan Park – dog friendly, grass (as opposed to sand) and large sites – only a short drive to beaches & 1770. There are many parks in the area to choose from. Some are next to the water. There’s a ‘free’ camp ($9.20 p/p per night). It was very busy and quite cramped with no grass however it’s next to the beach if that’s your priority.
Agnes Water boasts Queensland’s most northern surfing beach…and there’s no crocs or stingers!
There is an abundance of sea life in the area if fishing is your thing. Just up the road from the van park is a fresh seafood outlet, Discovery Coast Seafood (97 Rocky Crossing Road, Round Hill) and last night we ate delicious, caught-this-morning prawns.
The coastline is stunning and there are plenty of bushwalks of varying lengths to enjoy. (List of walks – see below) Joseph Banks Regional Park is a beautiful walk to the south of 1770. Deepwater National Park and Eurimbula National Park are also popular areas to explore and see local vegetation and wildlife. It was easy to fill in a few days here.
Wave lookout at Round Head
Finally, if you’re thinking of exploring the area, sunset over Bustard Bay is a must. (Named after the bustard bird caught and eaten by Cook and Co back on that Wednesday, 24 May 1770). Sit on the outside deck of the Tree Hotel, refreshment of choice in hand, and watch the sun set over the bay and boats. The orange glow finale is worth the wait.
Catch up in Yeppoon.
Walks in the area from www.gladstoneregion.info
1770 Headland & Lookout
From the Parking Area at 1770 Headland, approximately 30 minutes return walk to the Lookout and back.
Travel to the Museum located on Springs Road. Park directly behind. The walking trail begins there, & will take approximately 45 minutes roundtrip. Agnes Water Beach & Workmans Beach can be viewed from this Lookout.
Agnes Water Beach
Agnes Water Beach is approx. 6 km long. Easiest to walk on outgoing tide, which also enables you to walk over the Headland at 1770.
Red Rock Walking Trail
Red Rock Walking Trail is located South of Agnes Water, ‘intermediate’ amount of fitness is required as there are steep inclines, boardwalks and stone steps. Travel along Springs Road until you see a sign on your right “Reedy Creek Reserve”, turn left, directly opposite onto a gravel track for 800 mtrs. There is a sign marking the start of Red Rock Walking Trail. Wear good shoes, take a hat, sunscreen, water and maybe a little snack/lunch. 2-2.5 hrs return.
1770 Butterfly Walk
The walk is a very beautiful and easy 40 minute walk from the Captain Cook Monument in the Town of 1770. It is best from March-April every year during their migration to see the Blue Tiger Butterflies.
Paperbark Forest Board Walk
From the town of Agnes Water follow Springs Rd to the south for a little over 3km. Look for the large Reedy Creek Reserve sign near a gravel car park on the right hand side of Springs Rd. Bollards and a trail icon mark the start of the Paperbark Forest Boardwalk.