The town of Seventeen Seventy (or 1770, as the locals will tell you) sits atop a peninsula between the Coral Sea and Bustard Bay. Just 6 km north of twin town Agnes Water, this is the location of Captain Cook’s second landfall in Australia in May 1770. Thanks to this, Seventeen Seventy lays claim as the birthplace of Queensland and the Discovery Coast.
With an outer surf and inner still water beach, Seventeen Seventy is an ideal beach holiday location. Life is laid back; if you’re looking for a place to de-stress, this is it! Get back to basics, explore the national parks and forests, enjoy water sports, and slow down to watch the world go by. If you’re keen to wind things up, head to the Southern Great Barrier Reef or nearby Lady Musgrave Island, or take the adventurous LARC experience.
Take advantage of discounted low season fares and make tracks for Longreach on the Spirit of the Outback, an historic rail journey like no other. Then delve deep into outback life visiting The Stockman's Hall of Fame, Qantas Founders Museum, Camden Park Station and a trip to the Age of Dinosaurs exhibit in Winton. We then depart the Outback and make our way to the Town of 1770 where we spend 2 nights. Take in the highlights of Agnes Water by land and sea onboard a unique LARC amphibious vehicle.
Get back to nature and discover some iconic Queensland destinations. Take a guided nature walk discovering the flora and fauna of beautiful Carnarvon Gorge before getting up close with the turtles and even volunteer at the Rehab centre on Quoin Island. Enjoy bird watching tours and eco reef walks on a coral cay whilst staying on secluded Heron Island. Then venture out on a full Paradise tour to Bustard Head on the iconic LARC whilst staying in Agnes Waters.
If you’d like to discover Cook’s Landing Place, head to the twin towns of Seventeen Seventy and Agnes Water on the Discovery Coast. Just a stone’s throw apart, both towns are an easy 5.5-hour drive north of Brisbane. Unfortunately, Seventeen Seventy has no airport of its own, so your best bet is Bundaberg or Gladstone. Both towns are about 90 minutes away by road.
There are plenty of Seventeen Seventy attractions. Visit historic Bustard Head Lighthouse. Drop into the 1770 Distillery to sample the local brew. Join a Bushtucker Chef Tour and learn about Indigenous history and foods in the region. Or take a scenic helicopter flight over Lady Elliot Island.
4WD enthusiasts can delve into nearby Deepwater or Eurimbula National Parks. And closer to town, those on foot can discover the protected area of Joseph Banks (Round Hill Head) Conservation Park and the Paperbark Forest Walk.
Ultimately, Seventeen Seventy is meant for relaxing, so don’t feel guilty if you’re just happy to catch a wave at the beach. Hire a bike or kayak and spend your days enjoying a good old-fashioned beach holiday.
Seventeen Seventy is located at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. The reef is best seen here at Lady Musgrave Island. Lady Musgrave Cruises depart daily from the Seventeen Seventy marina to this pristine coral cay which can be explored by diving, snorkelling or glass-bottom boat.
There are numerous accommodation options in Seventeen Seventy. Resorts and hotels sit side by side with the Town of 1770 Caravan Park and other campsites and holiday home rentals. And with plenty of cafes, restaurants, beachfront takeaways, and a couple of fine-dining options, this region caters to all holiday budgets.
Other Seventeen Seventy tours include whale watching (from July to October) and the iconic pink LARC amphibious tour. This is the best way to see everything the coast offers in a unique vehicle that takes you sand 4WDing, climbing headlands, and traversing tidal creeks no matter your fitness level. The LARC is a firm Fun Over Fifty favourite and is included on all of our Seventeen Seventy tours.
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