Almost 250 years on from its discovery, the little coastal village of Seventeen Seventy (also known as 1770) remains one of Queensland’s best tourist spots.
Words: Jas Rawlinson
With it’s incredible coastline, it’s no surprise that Captain Cook was tempted from his ship on May 24th 1770; anchoring and pulling ashore for a closer look. Struck by the beauty of the peninsula, Cook and his men named the coastal town after the Round Hill Headland, however many years later it was renamed Seventeen Seventy, in honour of its history.
Located around six hours north of Brisbane, Seventeen Seventy may look like a sleepy little town but is in fact a huge tourist destination. Whether you’re an avid adventurer or a laid-back tourist, the options are endless when it comes to getting out and experiencing the array of national parks, hidden beach caves and magical ocean lagoons. To see some of the best sights, take off on foot, boat, horseback, bicycle or 4WD–the options really are limitless!
TOP FIVE OF 1770!
With the Great Barrier Reef only a short 75 minute boat ride away, it’s easy to explore everything that this unique wonderland has to offer. Head out to Lady Musgrave Island to explore, camp, dive, fish or snorkel until your heart’s content! Tip: Make sure you take some motion sickness tablets with you, as the ocean ride can get quite rough. W: lmcruises.com.au P: 07 4974 9077
Wax up your board and learn to surf with a half-day session from Lazy Lizard Surf School! On a quiet and tropical beginner-friendly beach, Lazy Lizard’s surfing instructors will teach you all you need to know to have you standing up in no time. With a strong focus on small groups, one-on-one training, and free pickup and drop off for tourists, Lazy Lizard are a cut above the rest! W: lazylizardsurfschool.com.au
If you prefer the feeling of being on dry land, you can saddle up and experience Agnes Waters with a two hour horse riding adventure! With small group rides of only two-three people at a time and horses to cater all levels of experience, you’ll really feel at one with nature. To make a booking with 1770 Horseback adventures, phone 07 4974 7204
What would a visit to Seventeen Seventy be without a historic tour of the Bustard Head Lighthouse? Built in 1868 and manned for 118 years, the lighthouse was frequently at the centre of many tragedies – including suspicious deaths, suicides and abductions. After a period of abandonment, the lighthouse underwent restoration in 2002, with the Head Lightkeeper’s cottage turned into a museum. These days you can still climb the original staircase to stand atop the balcony and gaze all the way to Gladstone in the North. Contact LARC Tours for your own personal experience at 1770larctours.com.au
Hiking & Nature…
If you love hiking or four-wheel driving, head eight kilometers south of Agnes Water to Deepwater National Park. Featuring unspoiled beauty, glistening horse-shoe bays and secluded camping grounds accessible only by four wheel drive, you can really getaway. Tip: If you head there between November and February, you might even witness the Loggerhead Turtles laying their eggs along the beach.
TOP FOOD PICKS!
1770 Marina Cafe
One of 1770’s best cafe’s, with gorgeous views and great service. Located on Captain Cook Drive, you can drop in for breakfast, lunch or a light snack.
Beachcombers Family Bistro 1770
Known for its fantastic view and friendly staff, this little Bistro is one to be experienced! With loads of Aussie flavour on the menu (think chicken schnitzel, pork, lamb, steak and fish) there’s something for everyone. Bring along a bottle of red, then sit back and watch the colours fade across the sky. It’s also conveniently located on Captain Cook Drive next to the 1770 Camping Grounds, and open six days per week (closed Tuesdays).
Don’t want to compromise your diet while on holidays? No problem! With a range of healthy options including veggie rice paper rolls, bliss balls, super smoothies and raw desserts that taste wicked but are delightfully diet-friendly, Sol Foods (Agnes Waters) have you covered! Tip: If you’re after an extra kick, travellers recommend adding a double shot to your banana smoothie!
TOP ACCOMMODATION SPOTS!
When you’re all tuckered out from a day of exploring Seventeen Seventy, refresh your aching muscles and salty skin at one of the following spots:
Imagine yourself sitting on a beautiful timber deck surrounded by greenery and lush trees; the sapphire water glittering before you…This is the visual delight waiting to greet guests at the 1770 Beach Shack, conveniently located on Captain Cook Drive. With warm timber hues, open ceilings and the most stunning four post beds, this little shack will have you believing you’ve been transported to a far away exotic island. W: 1770beachshacks.com
Agnes Water Beach Club
Looking for great value, but don’t want to skimp on luxury or location? With great rates under $200p/n, a stylish swimming pool, in-room kitchenettes and even a hot tub, The Agnes Water Beach Club is perfect for all travellers! Just a 10 minute stroll from the Agnes Water Museum and a short drive from Eurimbula National Park, the apartments are perfect for those looking to stay a little longer. W:agneswaterbeachclub.com.au
If you long for a true nature getaway on a budget, the 1770 Camping Grounds are the perfect choice. Located in a secluded bay in Round Hill, the campsite is perfect for relaxation, fishing and simple living. Rates start at $35 per night for unpowered sites and $39 for powered. Tip: If you don’t need a lot of room, book one of the beachfront campsites for a truly magnificent view, and the serenity of falling asleep to the gentle sound of the ocean. W: 1770campingground.com.au