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Why You Should Visit the Town of 1770 and Agnes Water

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Not many people have heard of Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy, or Town of 1770 as it’s often referred to.

And it’s no surprise, Agnes Water has less than 3,000 residents, and Town of 1770, has less than 100. They are both extremely remote and wild.

But that’s exactly why you should visit. It’s the perfect combination of north and south.

The tropical North Queensland climate boasts warm winters and hot summers, but with a rain level more on par with the south.

It has stunning beaches, nearby islands, and reefs like Far North Queensland without the crowds of the Great Barrier Reef.

If you’re thinking if visiting Agnes Water and Town of 1770, but need a little more convincing, here are all the reasons why you should visit these two places.

Where are Agnes Water and Town of 1770?

The Town of 1770 and Agnes Water are a little diversion from the main highway between Brisbane and Cairns, so it doesn’t see the high volume of traffic and tourists.

Agnes Water is approximately 477.3 kilometers from Brisbane, which takes about 5.5 hours to drive. Town of 1770 is another 6 kilometers north of Agnes Water.

From the Sunshine Coast, it’s a 4.5 hours drive.

They are located in the Gladstone region of Queensland. You will find cheap flights to Bundaberg airport in the south, and from here it’s a 1.5 hour drive.


The Town of 1770 is sleepy and quiet and undeveloped. Only a few houses sit on the side of the hills with magnificent views of Round Hill Creek and the well-known stunning sunsets.

It’s one of only three places on Australia’s east coast where you can see the sunset over the water.

Sunset at the Town of 1770, Queensland

The Town of 1770 is also a protected area so all future building has ceased.

It’s almost in the pristine condition it was in 1770 when Captain Cook first sailed past Round Hill Headland to rest his ship the Endeavour.

What’s the difference between the Town of 1770 and Agnes Water?

Agnes Water - Queensland, Australia
Agnes Water

I’m glad we weren’t the only ones confused!

Agnes Water is about 6 km south of the Town of 1770. Agnes Water is the ocean town where you’ll find the surf and a fantastic beach. It also has most of the cafes and shops and room for development.

The Town of 1770 is on the Round Hill Creek and is much quieter and smaller. This is where you jump on your cruises and do your water tours and activities.

Town of 1770 - Queensland, Australia
Town of 1770

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