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QLD Weekender Part-1

Posted (25-Jul-2017)

Birthplace of Queensland Town of 1770

Posted (24-Feb-2017)

The town of 1770 was the site of the second time Captain Cook stepped foot on Australia. Pic Tourism Queensland.

ROWENA RYANnews.com.au

IT COULD be Australia’s best kept secret, or Queensland’s anyway.

Sitting on the tip of a peninsula on Queensland’s coastline lies the strangely named town of Seventeen Seventy (1770).

A tiny town surrounded on three sides by the Coral Sea and Bustard Bay, it was the second landing site of James Cook and the crew of the Endeavour in May 1770 — a huge part of Australian history and an explanation for its strange name.

Originally known as Round Hill, after the creek it sits on, the name was changed in 1970 to commemorate the bicentennial of Cook’s visit and has become a historic landmark on the Australian map.

1770 is surrounded by estuaries and national parks.Source:Supplied

You can scuba dive shipwrecks just off its coast.Source:News Limited

The story goes that Cook went ashore near Round Hill Head with his botanist Joseph Banks and assistant Daniel Solander. It was only the second time he had set foot on Australian soil. Cook noted in his book many pelicans were there as well as a species of bustard which they shot and ate. The crew considered it the best bird they had eaten since leaving England and in its honour called the inlet Bustard Bay.

Today 1770 is an area with incredible wildlife, estuaries, coastal rainforests and national parks. It is famous for its spectacular sunsets, and is one of the few places in QLD where you can watch the sun set over the water.

Popular for surfing, fishing and boating away from the crowds, it is also a departure point to the Great Barrier Reef.

The famous Bustard Heads Lighthouse named after Captain Cook’s discovery of Bustard Bay.Source:News Corp Australia

Secluded beaches, no crowds and great fishing. It’s Australia’s best kept secret.Source:Supplied

Other hidden gems include Round Hill Headland where you can see the anchor from the ‘MV Countess Russell’ that became wrecked in 1873. As well as secluded beaches in the nearby Deepwater National Park and Eurimbula National Park. Between November and January you can watch turtles come ashore and lay their eggs or snorkel among brilliantly coloured tropical fish.

Sitting 120km north of Bundaberg it can now be reached by a completely sealed road.

Known as “The Birthplace of Queensland”, a proud Captain Cook Monument sits on the aptly named Captain Cook Drive and it could be Australia’s best hidden gem.

The town sign celebrates its importance as the birthplace of QLD.Source:News Limited

Why You Should Visit the Town of 1770 and Agnes Water

Posted (24-Feb-2017)

Why You Should Visit the Town of 1770 and Agnes Water

By CazMonday, July 28th, 201424 Comments


It’s the perfect combination of north and south.

The tropical climate of the north of Australia – warm winters and hot summers- but with a rain level more on par with south.

It has stunning beaches, nearby islands and reefs like Far North Queensland, but it has surf – the last place on the Queensland coast to have it.

The Town of 1770 and Agnes Water are a little diversion from the main highway between Brisbane and Cairns so it doesn’t see the high volume of traffic and tourists.

It’s sleepy and quiet and undeveloped. Only a few houses sit on the side of the hills with magnificent views of Round Hill Creek and the well-known stunning sunsets.

It’s one of only three places on the east coast where you can see the sun set over the water.

The Town of 1770 is a protected area so all future building has ceased.

It’s almost in the pristine condition it was in 1770 when Captain Cook first sailed past Round Hill Headland to rest his ship the Endeavour.

The discovery of Australia by Cook is obviously one I know well. But, it’s a hard one to connect to as the shores of Botany Bay are now covered with high rises, large highways and planes flying overhead.

The same with Sydney Harbour. I try to imagine what it must have looked like when the First Fleet arrived to start the penal colony in 1788. Its a murky visualization as there is far too much concrete now covering the view.

Except when you get to the Town of 1770 and you explore the nearby beaches and creeks and headlands that Cook and his crew sailed past. It’s natural state has been unchanged for thousands of years.

I could imagine the wonder they felt meeting furry animals hopping along the beach guided by their tails, sting rays gliding along the sandy floor of the river, and dolphins guiding the nose of the Endeavour into a safe anchorage.

I could imagine Joseph Banks’ confusion and awe as he came across hundreds of species of plants he’d never seen before: pandanus palms, banksias, Eucalypts, hibiscus flowers, and small forested valleys filled with beautiful blue butterflies.

This is the Town of 1770 and Agnes Water.

The longer I stayed the longer I wanted to stay. There’s a beauty and rawness here that gets under your skin.

It has everything a traveller will need, yet not many venture here.

Now we don’t want to send you there in droves, but we can’t keep this a secret from you. We think you should definitely be pinning it to your Australian Bucket List.

We first heard of it years ago from friends who visited and stayed awhile. They say it’s their favourite place in Australia.

Then after that, we heard about it several times from more travellers who stumbled upon it and were amazed at how beautiful and magnetic it was.

What’s the difference between the Town of 1770 and Agnes Water?

I’m glad we weren’t the only ones confused!

Agnes Water is about 8km south of the Town of 1770. Agnes is the ocean town where you’ll find the surf and a fantastic beach. It also has most of the cafes and shops and room for development.

They each have their unique points, but I think we slightly preferred to stay in Agnes Waters near the beach and drive into 1770.

Things to Do in the Town of 1770 and Agnes Water

Kayaking with Liquid Adventures

1770 Liquid Adventures is owned by a German and Aussie couple, Janina and Simon, who are adventure travellers who met diving in the Caribbean.

They totally understood our vibe and what travellers are really looking for in an experience, especially with kids. We chose the best day to kayak on Round Hill Creek – barely a ripple, crystal clear and the sun was shining down.

We joined Janina for a guided family kayaking adventure paddling up the creek to Butterfly Beach where we stopped for morning tea, a play with the butterflies and a good old bubble busting fun on the beach.

I loved how Janina catered for the kids with games and with an awesome animal spotting chart tied to the kayak.

Kalyra loved identifying the birds we met along the way like the Oyster Catcher and black headed tern.

Both the girls loved paddling and were disappointed when the tour ended.

We’re really keen to return one day to experience their sunset tour – a paddle up the creek followed by a glass of wine on the beach with a magnificent sunset. The time of the day where you’re most likely to kayak alongside of dolphins. Magic!

The LARC Tour

Easily a highlight of this area was our LARC Paradise Tour.

We saw and experienced so many amazing things on the water and the land.

It was a lot of fun and Kalyra now has a new hobby – sand boarding!

This tour is noted down as one of my favourites of our Australia road trip so far.

Lady Musgrave Island

It was a rough 75-minute boat ride out there and back, but Lady Musgrave Island was worth it.

The Town of 1770 is on the doorstep of the Southern Great Barrier Reef, and Lady Musgrave Island is your own piece of paradise.

We moored up at the floating pontoon and enjoyed a glass bottom boat tour and snorkeling in the protected Lagoon. We went ashore for a guided island walk and never wanted to leave!

Sunset in the Town of 1770

Come early with your chair, a drink and some cheese and dips, and join the crowds. Sunset in 1770 is the place to be. It’s truly spectacular, so serene and really not too crowded.

Sunset at Agnes Water

If you want something a little different, Agnes Water has a beautiful sunset from the beach. You won’t get it setting over the water, but dropping behind the small hill is equally as beautiful and the colours in the sky light up Agnes’ prettiness.

Surfing Lesson

Surfing lessons here are some of the cheapest you’ll find in the country.

The waves on Agnes Water Beach look pretty good to learn on. They were clean and small when we were there and there were a few learners nailing the standing up technique.

We didn’t have the chance to take up a lesson here, but we heard they’re cheap and a lot of fun.

There are two operators:

Reef 2 Surf – $17 for 3 hours

Lazy Lizard Surf School

Paperbark Forest Walk

We were alerted to this by a fan on our Facebook Page. It’s only newly opened about 3kms south of Agnes opposite Springs Beach.

It’s an easy 400m walk through the Paperbark forest but is mystical and magical.

The girls loved pretending they were witches riding on their broomsticks down the wooden board-walk and hopping along the stepping pylons above the swamp.

1770 to Round Hill Head walk

There’s a beautiful 2km walk from the 1770 camp ground along the headland through the forest to the Round Hill Head.

There’s one section of the forest that’s filled with beautiful blue butterflies (just above Butterfly Beach).

The views along the way across Eurimbula National Part to Bustard Head way are pretty special.

Places to Eat

Agnes Beach Cafe

We had a couple of breakfasts here. We could have sat in this beach front cafe all day. It’s one of our favourite cafes in Australia so far.

The views are just incredible, it has a really laid back vibe and the coffee is sensational! It’s perfect for families as the kids can play on the beach in front of you while you relax.

The Tree

The Tree Restaurant is a little on the expensive side, but the food is good and the views are amazing. Catch the sunset first and have a drink in the Tree Bar before moving into the restaurant.

Getaway Garden Cafe

The Getaway Garden Cafe is in a beautiful little spot tucked away behind the town of Agnes.

There’s a large grassed area which is perfect for the kids to play while you sit back and enjoy a delicious rosella tea and peach tart. Yum!

Where to Stay

We stayed at the Agnes Water Beach Caravan Park in a Treetops Chalet. They were really cute and if you can get one right on the beach you will be in for a good stay.

They are a little small though, so if you have a large family or need a lot of space, you might want to look at a cabin or camp site. We had to keep most of our luggage in our car.

Our fave cafe, Agnes Beach Cafe is located within the campground. The position of the campground is unbeatable, right on Agnes Water Beach.

We preferred the location of this site to the campground at 1770, which is more basic and quite popular for being right on the bay and front row seats for the sunset.

The Details

Location – The Town of 1770 and Agnes Water is in the Southern Great Barrier Reef region of Queensland, a 6 hour drive north of Brisbane:


Liquid Adventures Kayaking

Lady Musgrave Island

LARC Paradise Tour

Tasty twist on reef and beef

Posted (10-Dec-2015)

THE best words to describe the food culture of the Southern Great Barrier Reef region are raw, prolific and remarkable. If you look West they have the grains and the beef. If you step East it’s the ocean, and right smack bang in the middle of this, is this amazing area that feeds the rest of the nation.

Waterline Restaurant

According to award-winning chef Matt Smith if you put the best of the Southern Great Barrier Reef on a plate, you’ll nearly always end up with “reef and beef”.

He laughs out loud as he says it prompting his partner and wife Kylie to jump in and explain the philosophy behind their Waterline Restaurant at the Keppel Bay Marina in Rosslyn Bay.

“We want to stay away from the cliche of that,’’ she says.

“Our restaurant on the waterfront is right at the point where the reef meets the beef and while we don’t have ‘surf and turf’ on the menu, we do have a great representation of local seafood and produce from the sea as well as great local beef.’

This year, Matt picked up the Beef Australia 2015 Restaurants Award for the best beef signature dish for his Banana Station Beef Tataki with miso, black garlic salsa and ponzu.

It’s even more meaningful for the couple with Kylie’s family producing beef at Banana Station for more than six generations.

“This region is really good with grass-fed beef, it not only delivers on flavour, but it’s a healthier option to eat. And the way it is produced, processed and put on the plate is really the key to delivering the perfect experience in terms of eating beef.’’

Banana Station Beef is produced for the export market, but by special arrangement, it is processed locally and made available exclusively to The Waterline Restaurant.

Matt, who has lived in the region for the past 10 years, says that the local environmental conditions contribute to the high quality of the food produced here.

“We have quite rich volcanic soil so there’s really good local produce coming from the land, as well as cattle on the pastures, plus some really good quality seafood,’’ he said.

Matt’s also become a strong advocate for what else the region has to offer.

“It’s a lifestyle choice being here,’’ he said.

“There are heaps of islands that aren’t far off the shore. It’s a pristine environment. You can go and find your own slice of paradise on your day off. You can have an island almost to yourself within 10 minutes of leaving the marina.

And to get a taste of the best the region has to offer Kylie says don’t miss out on a trip to the local markets.

“Every Saturday morning the local farmers market, held at the showground, is a showcase of what is in season. Browsing through the stalls and market suppliers you are sure to discover some special local produce.’’

Arrive early, about 6.30am, to snap up the best of the locally grown seasonal vegetables, fruits and flowers at this lively, friendly market. Make sure you taste the mouth- watering local honeycomb and homemade jams and preserves.

Indulge Café

Raw, prolific and remarkable.

These are the words that Amanda Hinds uses to describe the produce of the Southern Great Barrier Reef region.

Amanda, who owns Indulge Cafe in Bundaberg with her husband Larry, is constantly changing her menu to take advantage of what’s coming in fresh from the local farms.

“We usually change the menu based around what’s happening in the fields – what’s finishing and what’s starting,’’ Amanda said.

“We try and move with the farmer. We are very interactive and do a lot of talking with farmers at the back door of the kitchen.’’

Both Amanda and Larry are locals. And proud of it. Amanda grew up in Bundaberg while Larry is from the cattle and peanut growing area of Ban Ban Springs, about an hour’s drive away. You can hear the pride in her voice when she talks about how the Southern Great Barrier Reef region is feeding Australia.

“If you were to pick up an eggplant in Melbourne, the chances are that it could be coming from Bundaberg. If you were to grab beetroots at say the Brisbane markets this week, the likelihood is that they’re coming out of Bundaberg. If you were to grab a sweet potato anywhere in Australia, it’s more than likely coming from Bundaberg,’’ she said.

“We grow gingers, chillies and all those Asian-style vegetables and herbs. Through the winter the best peas and beans come from here; citrus fruits come from Childers, Mundubbera, Eidsvold and Gayndah.”

Amanda Hinds of Indulge in Bundaberg. Photo Paul Beutel

Amanda struggles to define exactly what the quintessential Southern Great Barrier Reef meal is because there’s so much to choose from.

“It’s such a prolific area. If you look West we have the grains and the beef. If you step East it’s the ocean, and right smack bang in the middle of this, is this amazing area that feeds the rest of the nation.

“If we were to talk about seafood, people rate Bundaberg scallops as being some of the best in the world. If you go right out to the Southern Great Barrier Reef heartland, which is the North Burnett, then its beef, sheep, pecans, blueberries, pork, ginger and chilli. There’s not much that we don’t produce.’’

Amanda says that the region is working hard to promote itself as a food destination with companies like Bundaberg Rum, Bundaberg Brewed drinks and Bundaberg Sugar leading the way.

“But it’s also the local butchers who are smoking their own beautiful bacon with ‘none of this imported pork’. They are using Queensland Monto North Burnett pork so there is a lovely feel-good attachment to it as well,’’ she said.

Apart from dining at Indulge Cafe, Amanda says anyone wanting to taste “Bundaberg seafood at it’s absolute best” should dine at Grunske’s by the River. “Local seafood holds absolute pride of place. You will see a lot of fish there that you have never seen before – you know, a one-off catch. I’ve seen quite a few things on the menu that I’ve never seen before.

“Bagara Brewing is just about to open up too. They are new brewers in town and worth a visit.”