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Plan to stay a while in Seventeen Seventy

A traditional beach holiday on the Discovery Coast

What’s in a name?

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.

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Physical rating:
2 - Moderate
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Tour duration:
8
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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.

Discover the town of 1770's attractions

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.

A traditional beach holiday on the Discovery Coast
A traditional beach holiday on the Discovery Coast

Drive, walk, or relax

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.

Frequently asked questions

Where is Seventeen Seventy located?

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.

Where can I find the best Seventeen Seventy accommodation?

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.

What other tours are available in Seventeen Seventy?

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.

What can I do at Seventeen Seventy?

Seventeen Seventy holds a unique place in Australia’s colonial history, making it an important site for lovers of history to tick off their bucket lists. 

We have two all-inclusive tours that travel through Seventeen Seventy. They’ll allow you to see the best that the town and surrounding area have to offer.

  1. Our Spirit of the Outback tour will take you via rail, cruise and coach through an extraordinary historical tour of Queensland.
  2. For those keen to spend more time by the sea, our Helping Hand Holiday tour will take you through Seventeen Seventy and its twin town of Agnes Water, along with a host of other stunning locales.

If an all-inclusive historical tour is your idea of a good time (it’s certainly ours) then explore our complete list of Queensland tours.

Why is it called Seventeen Seventy?

The town of Seventeen Seventy is named after the year that Captain Cook made his second landing in the country we know and love today as Australia.

How long does it take to go to Seventeen Seventy?

If you’re travelling up from Brisbane by car, you can reach Seventeen Seventy in 5-6 hours. If you’d prefer to fly, you’ll have to land at the larger cities of Gladstone or Bundaberg and then drive down.

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