Town of 1770
The Town of 1770 was named in honour of Captain Cook's landing at the location in 1770. It was his second landing on the Australian continent, after his first landing in Botany Bay in present day Sydney. Today it is a small town facing Bustard Bay and Captain Cook's landing spot. There is an extensive camping area on the site, set on a waveless beach. It is used for mainly for boating and fishing, and there is a small swimming area. There is a coffee shop and a pub with views across the bay.
The town of Agnes Water is around 8km away, with a beautiful ocean beach. The town is a little more upmarket than 1770, with many new apartment and accommodation developments close to the town and the water. Somewhat curiously, much of the accommodation actually in Agnes Water advertises itself as being 1770, despite the fact that you will pay a premium to stay in Agnes Water. The facilities are also more developed, with a shopping precinct and a few restaurants. The beach is patrolled.
The wharf where the Reef cruises leave from is at 1770 itself, in the bay.
The local tourism and commerce group has created a website listing the natural attractions and all things to do while visiting the region. View it here.
There is an airstrip, but no scheduled commercial flights. Commercial flights into Bundaberg to the south, and Gladstone to the north, but if looking for a cheap airfare, the Fraser Coast airport at Hervey Bay, around 90 minutes drive to the south, may be an option.
If you are staying at Agnes Water, you can walk to the shops and the beach. If you are going out to the reef, you can arrange to be picked up in Agnes Water to get to 1770.
Taxis are available, but there is no other local public transport.
There are two sets of shops at Agnes Water. Two supermarkets, souvenirs, and a collection of locally made products.
There are pubs in 1770 and in Agnes. In 1770 you get a view over the bay. There is a pizza restaurant linked.
Stingers (box jellyfish) are found as far south as 1770 during the stinger season. Warning signs are in the bay at 1770. Agnes Water is a patrolled beach and usually free of stingers. Seek advice from the lifeguards before entering the water.