Almost exactly 218 years ago on the 23rd of May, Captain James Cook set foot on dry land for only the second time on the Australian continent.
With His Majesty’s Bark Endeavour anchored behind him in Bustard Bay, Captain Cook took those auspicious first steps on what was to become the Town of 1770, and ate well that evening dining on a roast bustard, caught locally.
The Captain Cook 1770 Festival is being held from tomorrow 25 May, kicking off with Cook’s Re-enactment, where local actors in bespoke and authentic costumes all the way from jolly old England will play out that historic landing at dusk, at Air and Sea rescue park.
With timing determined by the sunset and the tides, this ‘must see’ event is very atmospheric and accurate as possible.
You can take in fabulous interpretations of this year’s 1770 Festival Theme – Experiences in Paradise at the street parade which leaves 1770 Marina at 9.30 am finishing at the SES Festival Grounds at 10.30.
Kick on at the Festival Grounds (SES Grounds) on Saturday and Sunday for two full days of fun, including rides for kids, live music, workshops and a brand new street food precinct.
Also new is the Children Zone, encouraging the littlest visitors to be creative. Kids can make their own Fish Kites, which they can present at the main stage as part of the Kite Parade, accompanied by Ban Barker on didgeridoo and the Drumming Circle. Right after that, get ready to be dazzled as a spectacular Fireworks display lights up the evening from 7 pm.
Kids also get to make Captain Cook hats, and will be part of painting the Harmony Wall; you can search for treasure and native flora and fauna just like the early explorers, and there’s workshops and live entertainment throughout the weekend.
New to the festival this year is the Fun Run, with a 5.7 km course for runners and a pram-friendly 3 km stroll for the walkers all around our local piece of Paradise.
Take the trip back in time to the earliest days of 1770 this weekend. Find out more here: https://www.visitagnes1770.com.au/captain-cook-1770-festival and make your own discovery!