The Ultimate Spring School Holidays @ Agnes Water & 1770
For the ultimate escape that all the generations in your family will love, look no further than the paradise of Agnes Water and the Town of 1770! From long, lazy beach walks to action-packed bucket list day trips, they are all offered in and around these seaside havens.
For example, have you ever been inside an operating Lighthouse tower? They are a magical place of maritime marvel, with the added bonus of incredible, elevated ocean views. Bustard Head Lighthouse, just north of the Town of 1770, it is the only place in Queensland where the public can go inside an operating tower on a guided tour. How about having that right on our doorstep?! 1770 LARC! Tours provide this experience in their iconic PINK amphibious vessels.
For over 24 years, Neil Mergard and his LARC! crew have traversed the tidal creeks, National Park beaches and rocky headland between 1770 Marina and Bustard Head Lightstation to provide guests with a memorable tour of nature, history and wildlife, with the added bonus of epic sandboarding fun! The full day LARC! Paradise Tour includes morning tea, lunch, billy tea and coffee and is offered most days in the school holidays for $160 per adult and $99 per child (5-16yo). All under 5s are free and will love the chance to go downhill on a sandboard! Bookings are essential and there are also daily 1 hour
Afternoon Cruises, regular 2-hour LARC + Lunch! tours and an Indigenous cultural tour, Goolimbil Walkabout, find out more at www.1770larctours.com.au .
If you feel like exploring on your own, Agnes Water and the Town of 1770 are surrounded by National Parks and Nature Reserves. Stroll along the Paperbark Forest Boardwalk with its stepping stones and tall, picturesque trees; or take in the vista of the 1770 Headland and walk through Sir Joseph Banks Conservation Reserve, both easy, short walks in inviting natural environments. A few kilometres outside the townships, you can 4WD through Eurimbula National Park or Deepwater National Park and find an unpopulated beach to enjoy. If you like to walk, take the Red Rock Trail and be sure to have your camera on hand – gorgeous red rocks, stunning blue ocean, palm trees and possibly even a whale on its journey south. The helpful staff at the Agnes Water Visitor Information Centre can supply you with a map to find all these treasures.
For another chance to spot whales as they frolic in the Southern Great Barrier Reef waters, join a day tour with 1770reef to Lady Musgrave Island. As the closest access point to Lady Musgrave Island, no trip to the Town of 1770 would be complete without a visit to this pristine coral cay lagoon. World class snorkelling in a haven for thousands of varieties of brilliantly coloured fish, over 350 species of both hard and soft corals, turtles and manta rays, plus glass-bottom boat viewing and a guided island nature walk are all included. Return boat transfers, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are also supplied on your day tour. For more details visit http://www.1770reef.com.au/ .
The Town of 1770 is also renowned for its spectacular sunsets over the water of the bay. If you’d like to immerse in all the glory of the sunset, book a paddle with 1770 Liquid Adventures. Get the whole family out on the water for a fully guided kayak adventure and explore the mangroves of Round Hill Creek and spot the local estuarine dolphins. The 1770 Liquid Adventures crew provide kids on tour with a bird and marine life identification slate, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled and mark off the wildlife as you spy them. The secluded sandy stop and the sunset on the tour are such highlights of visiting 1770. Contact and book via www.1770liquidadventures.com.au .
If you’re an ocean lover, you probably already know that Agnes Water is the most northerly surf beach on the east coast of Australia. Local surf schools, Lazy Lizard or Reef 2 Beach, can help you hone your skills and find out the local tips. Group or private lessons are available with qualified instructors, contact 0488 177 000 or https://lazylizardsurfschool.com.au/ or visit the Reef 2 Beach Surf shop in Agnes Water.
With so much to discover go for the day or stay for a few, there is plenty of fun for the whole family.