Why You Should Visit: 1770 and Agnes Waters

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Not many people have heard of Agnes Waters or the town of 1770 and it’s no surprise. They are both extremely remote, Agnes waters has less than 3,000 residents and 1770 has less than 100, how crazy is that? The reasons above are exactly why you should visit. Tropical north Queensland is home to warm winters and lovely hot summers with little rain. With stunning beaches, nearby islands and of course the Great Barrier Reef.


Between Brisbane and Cairns, you’ll find the very underrated towns of 1770 and Agnes Waters. Roughly a 5 hour drive from the Sunshine Coast located in the Gladstone region of Queensland, the nearest airport being Bundaberg, a 1,5 hour drive. The town of 1770 stole our hearts. Quiet, sleepy and undeveloped it’s only one of the three places on Australia’s east coast that you can see the sunset over the water.

The town of Agnes Waters and town of 1770 are untouched slices of paradise that have recently been dubbed the next hotspot for Australian tourism.


Things to do in the area.

  • Visit the 1770 distillery.
  • Paperbark forest boardwalk
  • Agnes waters beach
  • Day trip to Lady Musgrave Island
  • Snorkel the Southern Great Barrier Reef
  • Soak up the sunshine on chainman’s beach.
  • Learn your history aboard the LARC.
  • Watch whales breach and blow.
  • Get educated at the Agnes Waters Museum.










1770 Distillery

If you’re looking for a fun and unique way to spend an afternoon, why not head to the local distillery! It’s open from Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm and is located on bicentennial drive. You can tour the facility, learn about the distilling process, and taste some of their different liquors. Everything is made with locally grown produce. So what are you waiting for?


Paperbark Forest Boardwalk

Tick of an Instagram worthy photo stop and get back to nature. This whimsical forest takes only 10 minutes to walk around. A stunning forest setting filled with beautiful paperbark trees, a boardwalk, and some stepping bollards.


Agnes Waters Beach

There’s something particularly magical about watching the sunrise over the water. The colours come alive as the sky lightens up. If you’re lucky enough to catch a sunrise at the beach, you’ll understand why so many people say it’s one of the most loved places in Australia. If you can’t get up early enough for sunrise, be sure to get sunset in 1770 at Katrina’s Bar. Beware you may need insect repellent, the mozzies are rampant.


Daytrip to Lady Musgrave Island

Lady Musgrave Island tours leave early in the morning for day trips. The day consists of some of the best snorkelling sites in Queensland. It’s definitely worth it to experience the southern area of the Great Barrier Reef and to get a chance to swim with the resident turtles.











Soak up the sun on Chinamans Beach

Chinamans beach is a spot not to be missed. Be careful, it is not patrolled. It’s quiet and off the beaten track making it the perfect spot to relax.


Hop on board the LARC

Are you up for a little fun? If so, this is the tour for you, the LARC tour in 1770 (Lighter Amphitious Resupply Cargo) which can explore both on land and sea while you sit back and enjoy the 1 hour ride through the 1770 bay area, up and over the sand dunes and learn all about the region.











Whale Watching

The best spot to go for whale watching in Agnes Waters/1770 is Sir Raphael Cilento Drive. This lookout point gives you the perfect view of the ocean, you’ll have no problem spotting migrating whales through the region from July to October. Not visiting during whale season? You’ll be sure to spot dolphins and turtles.


Agnes Waters Museum

Dedicating to preserving the history of the town and it’s surroundings the museum shares the story of the region’s aboriginal culture and its pioneering past and maritime history. It’s open daily (except Tuesday) from 10am to 2pm and entry is free for all visitors.


Catch a Wave

Take a surf lesson. Agnes waters is the perfect place to learn how to surf. The lazy lizard surf school offers lessons for beginners and kids. They take you to a secluded beach where the waves are small, making it the perfect place to learn. They provide all the equipment, all you have to do is turn up!


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The town of Agnes Waters and town of 1770 are untouched slices of paradise that have recently been dubbed the next hotspot for Australian tourism.
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