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Agnes Water and its twin 1770 are about five miles apart. These beautiful beach towns on the Capricornia coastal region in Queensland are fantastic places to explore Queensland from. Agnes Water is where you’ll find the east coast’s most northerly surf beach, but it’s also great for stand up paddles and kayaking. All along this ‘Discovery Coast’ where Captain Cook first landed in Queensland there’s great boating and fishing. Relax on the patrolled beach and enjoy the upmarket charm of this picturesque little town. There’s a good choice of cafes, restaurants and hotels where you hang out with the friendly locals and even get some inside information on the best places to visit nearby.
The Great Barrier Reef - One of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef lies just off the coast and is begging to be explored, either on a boat trip or under the water on a diving adventure. Either way, you can do this from a hotel in Agnes Water.
Capricornia - Stretching from Rockhampton to Sarina, this coastal area surrounds Agnes Water and is well worth exploring more from your hotel here. It gets its name from the tropic line that runs right through it.
Gladstone - One of Queensland’s biggest cities with waterways for boating, swimming and fishing. Book yourself a Gladstone hotel today.
1770 - Named after the year Captain Cook first landed on the Queensland Coast, this little village consists of little more than a marina, but comes with a laid back vibe. Chill out with a hotel in 1770.
Check out the Captain Cook Monument, the man who literally put this place on the map. It commemorates the year that the great explorer first came ashore here. Take a boat trip out to get closer to the incredible Great Barrier Reef, a huge living mass of tiny islands, coral reefs and tropical marine life. There are boat trips to and from Lady Musgrave Island leaving from 1770. Head along the coast to Gladstone, one of the state’s biggest cities and where you’ll find plenty of amenities and facilities, including a botanical garden.
This coastline is known for its stingers, known as box jellyfish, which can be a little nasty but the patrolled beach at Agnes Water is one of the few places you can swim and not risk getting stung. Check with the lifeguard first, who will be able to give you all the information you need about the best places to cool off. You can also ask about the best surfing beaches, with Agnes Water being the most northerly in the state before the Great Barrier Reef gets in the way of the swell. Take the headland walk from the end of Captain Cook Drive to enjoy some beautiful views back across the bay and out over the ocean.