Agnes Water and 1770

I’m almost loathe to tell you about this place – in case you come and visit…but then again, I can’t not tell you about it – it truly is an absolute gem. Imagine the coastal town of your childhood: quiet streets, friendly locals, holiday homes, beachfront van park, fabulous beach… Imagine that and you have Agnes Water.

Taking its name from a pastoral holding which had, in turn, been named after the coastal schooner Agnes, which was lost at sea in the area, the town of Agnes Water is relatively new.

The Mango Tree Motel was, in 1982, the first commercial building in town. There were six rooms and a shop and the owner had to travel twice a week (down a mostly dirt road) to Bundaberg to pick up supplies. According the the Discovery Trail spiel he also had to bring back tonnes of ice as the town didn’t have power connected until 1987.

Until the telephones were connected in 1986 guests wanting to make a booking at the motel would need to ring the post office in 1770 and have the message relayed. True story.

In any case, it wasn’t until the 1990’s when the roads were sealed that the town took off. Even now, being about 80kms off the Bruce Highway, it’s still a bit off the beaten track – and that’s part of it’s charm.

The Beach

We walked the beach each morning and on both occasions had it almost to ourselves – aside, that is, from the occasional dog walker and kangaroo.


The beach stretches about 6kms, all the way to the headland at 1770, and I think I read somewhere that this beach is the last surf beach before the Great Barrier Reef – not that the surf was up while we were there – which would make it the most northerly beach on the East Coast.

The dunes are worth a look, and apparently during turtle nesting season you have to keep an eye out for nesting mothers.

Seventeen Seventy

Where Agnes Water is quite young, 1770, or the Town of 1770, or Seventeen Seventy, was the second place in Australia that Captain Cook set foot on back in, you guessed it, 1770. There’s even a monument to mark the spot.

There’s also a fabulous walk around the headland track with views that made me stop constantly for photos.

Just check out the colour of the water #nofilters.

You can, if you want, drive to the Headland where there are another couple of short walks that are worth doing.

There is a hotel and cafe at 1770 and day tours leave from here for Lady Musgrave Island on the Great Barrier Reef. Given that we only had a short time in the area, though, we chose to give that a miss…this time…and spent our time wandering. Next time…

Where we stayed

One of the “luxury” beach bungalows

Agnes Water Beach Holidays.

While this is a caravan park it also has beach-side cabins, luxury beach cabins, and clamping tents. And it’s all beachfront.

We stayed in a Treetops Safari Tent and with a queen-bed, ensuite bathroom, deck and some basic cooking facilities (a hotplate and a mini-barbecue) it was super comfortable – and we could see the ocean.

We could also hear the ocean which, surprisingly, was all we did hear at night.

There’s a cafe on-site that’s open for breakfast and lunch (7am-4pm)

and the beach itself (patrolled) is just a few steps away.

Where we ate

Agnes Water has a number of cafes and restaurants (just check out Trip Advisor) but we ate a few minutes walk away at Codie’s Place. It’s got a great beach-side coast-town vibe to it – and the food is pretty good too.


Agnes Water is located about 400 kms north of where we are on the Sunshine Coast, so approximately 5 hours north of Brisbane, 120km north of Bundaberg and 175km south of Gladstone. The town of 1770 is just a few kms north of Agnes Water.

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Author: Jo

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12 thoughts

  1. I’ve wanted to visit Agnes Water for a long time – ever since I sat next to a fairly young bloke on a long haul flight back to Australia from England who said his family owned the hotel there. He waxed lyrical about the place and made it sound idyllic. Your photos and your descriptions have confirmed all he said – and I want to visit even more! #MLSTL and Shared on SM

  2. I’ve never heard of it before Jo – the name had me thinking of Pearl Bay (Sea Change!) for some reason and it looks absolutely delightful. It’s actually a bit like Rottnest with the different styles of accommodation, food, beach and ambiance. I bet you’ll be back there before long – the photos make me want to fly over again!
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 🙂

  3. Wow! Just wow! I love they got phone before power – how nuts!! (I mean the governments priorities….). Looks amazing and I love the history! Great share…#Lovinglifelinky

  4. How beautiful are both those places?! My kind of getaway for sure! We stayed at Bargara back in 2012 (with the kids and one of them had a friend staying with us too) and had planned on visiting both while there but never actually got there. Your post has made me determined to get there, and soon! I love where you stayed at 1770 – looks idyllic! I’d love to do the trip over to Lady Musgrave Island. That’s one island I’ve never been to! #TeamLovinLife

  5. I’m ashamed I’ve never been when it’s so close but it looks lovely and the ‘glamping’ looks like a nice compromise between ‘simple’ and… well, camping! It’s the sort of place it’d be nice to have a beach shack!

  6. What a place! Your words are so true, we visited there as a family last year it was so quiet and relaxed. We also took the pink LARC tour from 1770 to Bustard Head, which gave it even more of an untouched feel.

  7. Oh it looks so lovely and that “tent” looks so fancy, even I could camp in it. You had me at en suite bathroom! It looks like you had a wonderful weekend getaway! I will add it to my itinerary if I ever make it that far north!

  8. What a gorgeous place Jo, your photographs capture it beautifully the one of the sea is just stunning. Kangaroos are just so Australia, I love them.

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