Agnes Water and 1770 are becoming more known among holidaymakers as a must-do destination. Why? Well, if you’re a Queenslander it’s probably pretty easy for you to pack up the car and drive there. It’s a great spot for families, couples and friends. The beaches cater to little kids and big kids alike, surfers, fishermen and those who like to lay out sunbathing.
Located along Queensland’s stunning coastline, there’s not much Agnes Water and 1770 don’t have to offer. Despite being two very small towns, there’s still loads to do… as long as you know, where and when. After spending a week there over Christmas, I’m putting together this guide to help you decide what to do when you visit Agnes Water and 1770.
Discovery Coast Markets
These great local markets are held on the second and fourth Sunday of each month at the SES Grounds, located between 1770 and Agnes Water. If you drive from Agnes to 1770, you won’t be able to miss them. The markets buzz with people and I recommend getting there early so you can get a good park and beat the heat. Browse the many little stalls selling second-hand books and bric-a-brac, plants, natural soaps and other beauty products. Take a ride on a camel, buy breezy beach clothes and hand-knitted gifts for friends then grab a bite to eat or stock up on fresh fruit and veggies.
Stepping onto Agnes Beach is like stepping onto a beach straight out of a guidebook. The main beach is around 5km long and pretty straight until you reach Round Hill, north of Agnes. During peak season the beach is pretty packed with families, backpackers and other holiday-makers. It’s a patrolled beach, which is great for those with kids, but you may find between the flags is the main spot where the seaweed likes to gather. The beach is dog-friendly to the north as long as you keep your pooch on a leash.
There are only a few parking spots in the official parking lot so either get there early, walk from your accommodation or grab the first park you see. It’s a beautiful place in the afternoons and first thing in the morning, but as always it’s important to be sun-safe during the hottest part of the day cos that Queensland sun will scorch you. No joke. Say goodbye to your epidermis, guys.
I kinda don’t want to tell you about this lovely little spot because it’s a bit of a secret, less crowded haven compared to Agnes Beach. It’s a short drive south of Agnes Water town, past the Police Station and Library. You’ll find the access road to the beach on the left-hand side of Springs Road, if you’re driving south, just past the desalination plant. The winding road opens up to spectacular views of the ocean and it’ll make you feel desperate to jump in the water.
The beach itself has rocks to the left, perfect for on-shore fishing, while to the right there’s a long stretch of beach where only a handful of people can be seen. The gate opens at 6am, so I recommend waking up super early to catch the sunrise and have a dip before anybody else gets there. I found the beach a lot more peaceful and enjoyable than Agnes Beach, though it isn’t patrolled so you must be a proficient swimmer and it may not be suitable for kids. The beach is dog-friendly as long as you keep them on-leash.
Paperbark Forest Boardwalk
The newly opened Paperbark Forest Boardwalk is located a few kilometres from Agnes Water town, along the right-hand side of Springs Road, if you’re driving south, at Reedy Creek Reserve. This beautiful spot is a 400m long trail of stepping-stones and wooden walkways winding through magical scenery of towering paperbark tea trees. Like an enchanted forest straight out of a storybook you can spot butterflies, native birds and other local wildlife.
Little kids will love this spot as well as nature lovers and keen photographers. It’s absolutely essential you pack very strong bug spray as the midgies, mosquitos and sandflies are no joke… they’ll take you hostage and eat you alive. The best times to visit are early in the day or afternoon, around sunset.
Spot Local Wildlife
Take a drive from Agnes Water town to the other end of Spring’s Road early in the morning or at dusk to spot kangaroos and whip-tailed wallabies, also known as pretty faced wallabies based on the beautiful markings across their cheeks and their big, round ears. These beautiful little animals are something you have to see, they graze and nibble quietly next to the side of the road and, depending on when you visit, you may spot a baby peeking out of mum’s pouch. If you approach quietly in your car you may be able to get a few photos of them before they hop off, but as always it’s really important to be respectful of them and not scare them.
Eat Healthy Treats
One of the best spots to grab a healthy, quick bite to eat and a delicious coffee is SOL Foods. This sweet little space is nestled in the small shops on Round Hill Road, between Foodworks and the Caltex Service Station. You can buy organic, vegan, raw, dairy-free, gluten-free treats including cakes, slices, salad and snacks. The shop also sells fantastic and delicious smoothies, shakes and juices as well as a really great iced coffee! Yum!
Grab a Great Aussie Pie
While you’re in the area, pop next door to the local bakery and join the queue for the best pies in town! There’s always a line up to get inside and its’ no wonder why, these guys sell delicious pies and other baked treats and sweets including delicious fresh bread. Located next door to SOL Foods on Round Hill Road, it’s the perfect place to duck in and grab something yummy for lunch.
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Eat Cake and Be Merry
Take a Tour on the LARC at 1770
Day Cruise to Lady Musgrave Island
Visit Cook’s Monument and See Butterflies
Visit 1770 and Headlands Lookout
Watch the sunset at 1770
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