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Agnes Water - A Beachside Getaway

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by Monique Thorpe (subscribe)
Globe-trotting nomad life since April 2015.
Published March 15th 2016
Do not leave Agnes Water without doing these

Never heard to Agnes Water, where have you been? Agnes Water is a great spot for a quiet getaway. The beaches are as pristine as Noosa, but without the crowds. It's only 490 kms from Brisbane and still has that coastal, surfie small-town charm that many of the larger beaches of south Queensland have long lost. However this sleepy sea-side town is so much more than a spot to bliss out. Here is how to make the most of your time at Agnes Water.

Walk the Red Rocks Hiking Trail

The Red Rocks Hiking Trail is more of a bush and beach walk. An easy walk for those with good mobility and fitness level, you make your way from unspoiled beach to incredible lookout. Only then to pass to a more incredible beach and a bigger lookout. The walk takes you over sand, rocks and gravel/dirt/grass paths, so good shoes are recommended. The path is approx. 3kms one way and you return via the same path.

To get here, you follow Springs Rd out of Agnes, past Workmans Beach Camping Grounds and keep going for about 2kms. You will see the Paperbark Trail on your right hand side and a red dirt road on the left. Take this dirt road (which is inconveniently without signage) to the carpark at the end and you will see the beach access path. The trail is well sign posted from here on in.

Take a surf lesson at main-beach
How does a $17 surf lesson sound on Queensland's most northern surfing beach? Pretty good hey! This low cost will get you a surfboard, rashie vest and qualified Surf Instructors for 3 hours. That is less than $6 per hour, you can't even hire a board for that price!

This popular surf class runs daily and starts at 10am. All you need to do is turn up at the Agnes Water surf shop (Reef2Beach) at 10am no need to book. A photographer also goes into the water with each class to take some happy snaps. You can purchase these for $5 after the class at the Discover 1770 store, just bring along a USB stick, hard drive or SD card to pop the photo onto.

See the sunrise/sunset at the 1770 lookout
If you drive through the town of 1770 and out the other side, you will reach the lookout point. From the carpark here you can see both the sunrise and sunset, as well as set off on a range of walks for a more immersive experience. We were lucky enough to see a blue moon rising from this vantage point. If you make it to the lookout at the right time, you can see the sun setting on one side of you and the moon rising on the other. Sounds great. It is. Super romantic (for all you lovers on the road).

Explore the paperbark trail

This short but magical trail follows the paperbark trees of the area as they weave in and out of the creek's edge. This path is great for kids, however not suitable for those with low mobility as it is not a flat trail. I wont say too much about this, as I don't want to give away the surprise of discovering it. I'll just say that it's a lovely way to spend half an hour. It is located just opposite the entry path to the Red Rock Hiking Trail so it's a good idea to couple the two for a great day out. See the Red Rock Hiking Trail for directions.

Jump in the water!
Agnes Water is a paradise in Queensland, as there are no crocodiles or marine stingers in the water! You can swim all summer long. Even in winter the water is warm and salty-delicious on your skin!

So don't let this long weekend pass you by book into Agnes Water and enjoy what Queensland beaches are really all about; seclusion and relaxation.

Suggested accommodation:

CAMPING Workmans Beach. We've stayed here twice now and LOVE it. BYO tent and camping swag for a cheap ($7 per person per night) and quiet place to stay.
HOTEL The Agnes Water Beach Club has the best position in town and is a little slice of heaven.
HOSTEL Cool Bananas is the most chilled out, blissful and clean hostel we have seen in a long time.
A LITTLE DIFFERENT - There are a few GREAT places to stay in Agnes Water listed on Air bnb. Check out the Sunbird Villa for romance or the Amongst the trees studio for something a little different.
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