The coast of Queensland is most stunning. With the white sand beaches, rocky shoreline and water the color of a thousand gems you can't help but be drawn to it. With so much to discover why not try someplace you have not yet been?
Have you heard of Seventeen Seventy, formerly 1770, an area affiliated with Agnes Waters? It is the area known for its name and as the birthplace of Queensland. Captain Cook, back in, you guessed it, 1770, stepped onto land in our fair state for the first time.
And how do we know this was the spot? Two ambitious gentlemen, Philip Elliot and Professor Cumbrae Stewart of the Queensland Historical Society took out a launch and backtracked, giving them a good idea where Cook would have touched land. This allowed them to place the cairn in 1926 to honor the captain.
The Round Hill trail in the Joseph Banks Regional Park, where the cairn sits, has stunning views, rocky cliffs and interesting formations. Walk through the coastal forest, where, if you happen to be there sometime in the last week of July or first week of August, you are liable to see the astounding migration of the Blue Tiger butterfly.
Now this place is really more of a resort. There isn't anywhere to buy groceries though you can get some items at the camp store. For anything more you must head to Agnes Waters. But if you are looking for astonishing views of the surrounding areas, an estuary that is rivaled only by the Whitsundays and one of the two places along this coast that you can actually watch the sun go down over the water, then you have come to the right place.
Come prepared and bring everything you need if you plan to stay more than a couple of days. The accommodations are plentiful and cover a large range. The Sovereign Lodge is a Balinese styled resort, with all the touches including raised ceilings, lovely grounds, garden statuary and a pool. The views from their location on the hill leave you breathless. There are also full houses with large decks to rent, and the enormous 1770 Caravan park sits at the edge of the water with lots to offer.
Boating and fishing are the main stays in the area. You can even climb aboard the LARC, an amphibious vehicle that will take you for a variety of tours through the estuary. Lady Musgrave Island sits off the coast from Seventeen Seventy and tours go there on a daily basis, worth a go to see another one of the reef's jewels.
There are few restaurants, the best one being the 1770 Fish and Chips café at the campground. It is quaint, with great seaside touches and the food is quite tasty. The other, the Cook House, recently opened, is between Seventeen Seventy and Agnes Waters, and shows great promise.
Step into the path of Captain Cook and discover more of Queensland.