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Welcome to the Southern Great Barrier Reef - From the GM

Posted (10-Dec-2015)

Welcome to the Southern Great Barrier Reef -Simon Della Santa 

Following in the footsteps of Captain James Cook who arrived onto these pristine shores in 1770, we trust that your experience in this wonderful destination will be as significant as Cook’s first landing in the state of Queensland.

There are some fantastic out of room experiences within the area from Lady Musgrave Reef Cruises to the majestic Southern Great Barrier Reef where you can choose to either dive or snorkel the magnificent reef ecosystems. Head down to Anges beach or further afield to catch that perfect, most northern breaking wave on the eastern seaboard. Take a LARC tour to the Lighthouse at Bustard Head and experience sand boarding, wetting a line or just soaking up the views in this untouched pristine wilderness. Head out onto the open water and try your luck at targeting some of the best table fish the Pacific Ocean has to offer such as Coral Trout & Red Emperor to Pelagic line burners such as Spanish Mackerel and Yellowfin Tuna.

The Southern Great Barrier Reef offers it all, no need to head north to experience the Great Barrier Reef or south to hit the waves, Seventeen Seventy and Agnes Water provides everything your adventurous heart could desire.

Lagoons 1770 Resort and Spa is a 4.5 star resort located in the southern Great Barrier Reef destination of Seventeen Seventy. Featuring 112 exquisitely furnished Executive Studio Rooms, One Bedroom Apartments and Two Bedroom dual key apartments. Lagoons 1770 Resort and Spa is a complete full service resort experience with a comfortable, quiet and relaxing atmosphere.

Plantation Bar and Restaurant at Lagoons 1770 Resort and Spa is most fortunate to be located on the Southern Great Barrier Reef, perfect for the production of the freshest fruit and vegetables. We use locally sourced seafood and grass fed meats wherever possible to bring you an innovative, modern Australian dining experience overlooking the lagoon pool. Multi award winning Chef Ross Howell develops menus which are product driven and handcrafted. Only the freshest seasonal produce of the highest quality is used within Plantation Bar & Restaurant.

Relax and unwind with Anjea Day Spa’s signature luxurious treatments. Guests can choose from our selection of massage, facial, Vichy and specialty treatments. Using the highest quality products, let our experienced staff pamper you to escape the stresses of daily life and restore your natural energy. Couples packages are also available.

Lagoons 1770 Resort and Spa's conferencing facilities and function areas are the perfect venue for wedding receptions, business meetings, destination conferences & parties. Enquire about our wedding and conferencing packages directly.

Regions unite to boost Southern Great Barrier Reef profile

Posted (04-Dec-2015)

THE Southern Great Barrier Reef brand is set for another boost as three Central Queensland tourism organisations formally join forces.

Bundaberg, Gladstone and Rockhampton have been working together to raise the profile of their areas but this week they signed a memorandum of understanding to see if they can get better results working as a team.

Collaborative activities could include shared exhibition space at trade and travel shows, co-operative marketing campaigns, joint media familiarisation programs as well as product and experience development for the Southern Great Barrier Reef destination.

Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey said there had been great results since the Southern Great Barrier Reef brand was launched in 2013.

"Awareness among Queenslanders of the Southern Great Barrier Reef as a tourist destination has risen to 81%, compared to 2012 when awareness ranged from 66 to 72% for the individual regions," she said.

Tourism and Events Queensland chief Leanne Coddington, who also signed the MoU, said she hoped the formalised partnership could deliver on the destinations' tourism priorities.

"Queensland's destinations are at the heart of everything we do and it is partnerships such as this which ensure a unified approach toward achieving positive tourism outcomes for the Southern Great Barrier Reef destination," she said.

Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism general manager Rick Matkowski said he hoped the agreement would "fully maximise tourism opportunities" for the region.

Capricorn Enterprise chief Mary Carroll said formalising the partnership would be a positive move forward.

"It is with great excitement we continue to build on this momentum to grow a strong and prosperous tourism industry for the Capricorn region," she said.

Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Ltd chief Glenn Churchill said he believed the partnership would build the strength of the Southern Great Barrier Reef brand.

"This exciting opportunity is welcomed by GAPDL and we look forward to enhancing the Southern Great Barrier Reef as a premier tourism destination, through the promotional activity of the Gladstone Region and Banana Shire," he said.

Ms Stuckey said this agreement aligned with the government's 20-year tourism plan, Destination Success, which encouraged strong partnerships to grow tourism across the state.

Southern Great Barrier Reef by Sheridan Rhodes

Posted (04-Dec-2015)

It's early morning as we meander along the bush trail to the pristine Workman's Beach at Agnes Water, Queensland's most northerly surfing beach. The wind is blowing a gale on the other side of the peninsula, and the sand is cool beneath our bare feet. Here, however, it's protected from the biting wind. We unroll our yoga mats and sit for a moment, eyes closed, feeling the fresh air and the warmth of the sun on our faces. As I open my eyes, a huge fish leaps exuberantly from the Coral Sea as waves crash on the shore.

I'm doing a beach yoga class with Mel Thomson from Vitality Fitness, who swapped city life for the laid-back lifestyle of Seventeen Seventy in Queensland after her father had a health scare. She loves the raw beauty of her hometown, six hours' drive north of Brisbane.

While Agnes Water is still relatively undiscovered by southerners, international backpackers have long known of its charm through word of mouth. They come here to learn to ride on the gentle surfing waves; access the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef; and see migrating humpback whales, pods of dolphins, the resident dugong colony and sea turtles. It takes a little getting to, being 60 kilometres off the Bruce Highway, yet it's well worth the detour.

For some time, Agnes Water has been touted as the new Noosa, or an early Byron Bay. Yet for all the hype, Agnes Water remains a sleepy beachside town and one of Queensland's best-kept secrets. Locals will tell you they've never seen a crowd, and if you stand at the southern end you can see a spectacular sunset due to the beach's curve, which is rare on the east coast. One of the best places to catch the famed sunset is from the Tree Bar at the 1770 Beach Hotel – the first store to open in the town, in 1973.

I arrive just as the sun is slipping into Bustard Bay, enjoying a sundowner with the locals. Just down the road is the marina where Cook's ship, the Endeavour, anchored in May of 1770. . It's there I head the following day for a tour aboard the LARC (Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo), which takes visitors to Bustard Light Station, crossing waterways and 27 kilometres of pristine coastline normally only accessible by boat. We see schools of fish jumping in the shallows, and stop to collect bright pink pipi and bonnet shells.

Back at the newly opened Lagoons 1770 Resort and Spa, I dine at its excellent onsite Plantation Restaurant, led by Ross Howell and wife Helen Johnson, who formerly ran eateries in Brisbane, including Pippin Took, Grand Orbit, and Dish Bar and Bistro. The menu is seasonally driven; dishes such as the corned lamb rump with fondant potatoes, pea puree and sugar snaps reveal Ross' classic French training.

It's Heron Island I head to next, its reputation for wildlife, snorkelling and diving preceding it. I arrive in the best possible way, via seaplane. As I step ashore the small coral cay, my feet sink into the clear, warm water. Heron may be best known for turtles, given it's a significant breeding ground for both the green and loggerhead turtles, but by the time I arrive the hatchlings have long since departed.

Right now, birds rule the island, thousands of them, and they're quite comical. There are herons, black noddy terns, buff-banded rails, silver gulls and wedge-tailed shearwaters (mutton birds), to name just a few. The mutton birds, which come out at night, are like drunks trying to find their way home after a night on the tiles. They stumble into walls, huddle in corners and even stagger into the bar sideways.

As fascinating as the birdlife is, I'm keen to see what lies beneath. Fiona Butler, a Brit who runs Heron Island's dive shop, says while the Southern Great Barrier Reef is not as colourful as the northern reef, it's far less crowded, the water is clearer, and there's always something to see. "Whether it's sharks, turtles, or manta rays, every time you enter the water you see something incredible." Remarkably, more than 70 per cent of the Great Barrier Reef's coral species and about 60 per cent of the 1500 varieties of fish can be found off Heron's shores.

Sure enough, the diving and snorkelling doesn't disappoint. I spot my first gigantic manta ray as we make our descent to Heron Bommie, which the late Jacques Cousteau listed as one of his top 10 dive sites. It's a dive with everything – a second majestic manta ray cruises by, we see a huge green turtle, a black tip reef shark and even an octopus.

That night, another blistering sunset sets the sky on fire. I walk the entire island, the dusty pink and silver sky making it appear as if the horizon and sea are one. At the jetty, Nevin, a contract chef from the Cook Islands, strums a ukulele as students from the Heron Island Research Station snorkel the wreck just offshore. "Whenever I sing, the shark appears," Nevin says, pointing to a large black tip reef shark circling below. I don't want to burst his bubble, but a shark appears every time I walk out on to the jetty as well, so I nod and tell him they must like his music. "It's a special place," he says, a huge smile on his face. He's right on that count. Every Australian should see the Southern Great Barrier Reef at least once in their lifetime.

TRIP NOTES

MORE INFORMATION

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GETTING THERE

QantasLink and Virgin Australia operate flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Gladstone and Bundaberg via Brisbane. See qantas.com.au; virginaustralia.com. Bundaberg is just over four hours' drive north of Brisbane. Heron Island is connected by ferry ($60 an adult one way), or seaplane (from $338 an adult one way, subject to minimum numbers) from Gladstone.

STAYING THERE

Studio rooms at Lagoons 1770 Resort and Spa start at $230 a night, including breakfast, see lagoons1770.com.au. Rooms at Heron Island Resort start at $320 a night, twin share, including buffet breakfast. Phone 1300 863 248; see heronisland.com .

SEE + DO

Tours on the LARC start from $38 for an afternoon sunset cruise; $155 for a full day tour to Bustard Head Light Station including lunch, billy tea, sandboarding and more, see 1770larctours.com.au. A private beach yoga session with Mel from Vitality Fitness costs from $80 for one hour, see vitalityfitness1770.com.au.

The writer was a guest of Southern Great Barrier Reef Tourism.

FIVE OTHER THINGS TO DO IN THE SOUTHERN GREAT BARRIER REEF

LI'TYA SAPPHIRE SEA WRAP Be cocooned in a warm vitamin packed pearl and kelp body mud wrap, while you enjoy an Aboriginal inspired Li'tya Paudi scalp massage, followed by a soothing 30 minute Kodo massage, at Heron Island's Aqua Sol Spa. $185. See www.heronisland.com/Spa.aspx

REEF WALK ON HERON ISLAND Fascinating marine creatures are exposed at low tide, including sea cucumbers, sea stars, clams, crabs, shrimp, Christmas tree worms and more. Reef walks are tide dependent and run between 8.30am and 4.30pm from Heron Island's Information Centre. See www.heronisland.com .

RED ROCK WALK Located south of Agnes Water, this takes you along half a dozen beautiful beaches, and across a boardwalk and stepping stones. The six-kilometre walk will take at least an hour or more if you stop, take in the scenery and treat yourself to a swim. You may even spot turtles and dolphins. See www.discover1770.com.au/walking-tracks.

4WD ADVENTURE Hire a 4WD and explore the magical Deepwater National Park, an eight-kilometre drive south from Agnes Water, where turtles come to lay their eggs on the long, secluded beaches between November to February. Hatchlings make their way back into the ocean from January through till April.

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Lagoons 1770 Resort and Spa review, Seventeen Seventy, Queensland: Weekend Away

Posted (08-Sep-2015)

THE PLACE

Lagoons 1770 Resort and Spa, Seventeen Seventy, QLD

THE LOCATION

Seventeen Seventy is a small, laid-back town six hours drive north of Brisbane, in the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Its pristine beaches and relaxed vibe are reminiscent of Byron Bay, minus the crowds.

While still relatively undiscovered by southerners, international backpackers have long known of its charm through word of mouth and come here to learn to ride on the gentle surfing waves, access the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef and see migrating Humpback Whales, pods of dolphins, the resident Dugong colony and sea turtles.

THE SPACE

Set in 9000 square-metres of lush landscaped gardens, a sparkling lagoon pool and tropical island forms the heart of the property, which feels reminiscent of the chic tropical resorts you'd find in Noosa or Palm Cove. At night the pool and surrounds are lit by lantern light, while an eye-catching blue Kombi, branded with the hotel logo sits parked out front. Onsite is the excellent French-inspired Plantation Bar and Restaurant, with its retro palm wallpaper feature wall and bi-fold windows looking out over the pool. Chef Ross Howell heads up Plantation, while his affable wife Helen Johnson is in charge of food and beverage. There's also a day spa using Li'tya products. Lagoons offers the only full service, 4.5 star self-contained holiday accommodation in the sleepy township. It adjuncts the Sir Joseph Banks Conservation Park and, while you can't actually see it, a secluded surf beach is a short stroll (or barefoot jog for surfers) away.

THE ROOM

The spacious airy studios and (one and two bedroom) apartments are decked out in smart tropical decor with a white backdrop and bright turquoise and yellow hues. My one-bedroom spa apartment features a king size bed, fully equipped kitchenette, laundry, spacious lounge area and Biology toiletries. An outdoor terrace with spa bath overlooks the lagoon pool (others have courtyard gardens) and is a terrific spot to soak up some sunshine and the resort's casual vibe. In cooler months the apartments with spa baths are the pick but, in summer, be sure to opt for a swim out apartment, with direct access to the fantastic lagoon pool.

THE FOOD

The onsite Plantation Restaurant led by Ross Howell and wife Helen Johnson, who formerly ran eateries in Brisbane including Pippin Took, Grand Orbit and Dish Bar and Bistro, is so good you'll be reluctant to go elsewhere. The menu is seasonally driven and dishes like the corned lamb rump with fondant potatoes, pea puree and sugar snaps reveal Ross' classic French training. Don't miss Ross' thin apple tart with vanilla bean ice cream and calvados anglaise for dessert.

STEPPING OUT

Catch the town's famed sunset from the Tree Bar at the 1770 Beach Hotel – the first store to open in the town, in 1973, join a fun LARC tour to the Lighthouse at Bustard Head and experience sand boarding or join Mel Thomson from Vitality Fitness for yoga on the beach. The best coffee can be found at the super friendly Getaway Garden Cafe at Agnes Water.

HIGHLIGHT

Chef Ross Howell's fabulous French-inspired Plantation Restaurant.

LOWLIGHT

The unheated pool means it's way too cold to take a dip in winter.

THE VERDICT

Lagoons is a stylish addition to Seventeen Seventy. The staff are super friendly and attentive, the food is excellent and it's a terrific base for exploring the Southern Great Barrier Reef and experiencing some of the best long board waves north of Byron. I'd return in a heartbeat.

ESSENTIALS

Studio rooms at Lagoons 1770 Resort and Spa start at $230 a night, including breakfast. Phone (07) 4902 1600, see lagoons1770.com.au.

The writer was a guest of Southern Great Barrier Reef Tourism.

Original Article: Traveller.com.au