Towns in Australia

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Town of 1770 QLD

Town of 1770

Postcode: 4677

The historic Town of 1770 and Agnes Water share an idyllic stretch of coastline made famous as the first landing point of Captain James Cook in his discovery of Australia. With an unexpected introduction to the Great Barrier Reef, Captain Cook and his men came ashore for much needed repairs and to restock supplies.

Something of a national secret, its hard to believe Town of 1770 and Agnes Water are just over an hours drive from Bundaberg and Gladstone airports. For those in camper and caravan mode, Town of 1770 and Agnes Water are a half day drive north of Brisbane, and also cater to honeymooners or those in search of a secluded holiday retreat with its luxury beachfront villas and Bed and Breakfast charm. Equally hospitable to family retreats and with the added benefit of a bus service running 365 days a year, Agnes Water and Town of 1770 are an ideal destination with a seemingly limitless appeal.

1770 is a village in Queensland, Australia, built on the site of the second landing by James Cook and the crew of HM Bark Endeavour in May 1770 (Cook’s first landing in the state of Queensland). Originally known as Round Hill – after the creek it sits on – the name was changed in 1970 to commemorate the bicentennial of Cook’s visit. The community of 1770 hold the re-enactment of this historic landing each year as part of the 1770 Festival held in May.

The village is a tourist destinatin on the Queensland Discovery Coast, in the Joseph Banks Environmental Park; it is on a peninsula, with the Coral Sea and Bustard Bay on three sides. Agnes Water is eight kilometres (5 miles) to the south. The village itself contains holiday accommodation, restaurants, a general store, and a small marina.