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Sunrise at 1770, Queensland

Thursday, May 29, 2008
Town of 1770 is a pretty seaside village surrounded on three sides by the Coral Sea and Bustard Bay. The second landing site of James Cook on the Endeavour in May 1770, it is rich in wildlife and natural beauty.

The Joseph Banks Environmental Park preserves much of the peninsula's flora and fauna. Rugged outcrops of granite, an outer surf and inner still-water beach are great attractions.

It's a great departure point for day cruises to the outer Great Barrier Reef and fishing charters. Day tours and wilderness camping transfers to Lady Musgrave Island leave from Town of 1770, as well as trips to Fitzroy Reef, Pancake Creek and the Bustard Heads lighthouse. Four national parks provide excellent choices for campers, and hiking and 4WDing is also well catered for.

Residents of 1770 and its twin-town, Agnes Water, hold an annual festival in May, commemorating their place in Australia's history.

Town of 1770 and Agnes Water have been hideaways for years, but not surprisingly, the area is developing rapidly. Dellarose and Michael Baevski bought 625 hectares of land there, and rather than develop it, set about preserving it through the creation of a unique coastal conservation residential project called Sunrise at 1770.

Sunrise at 1770 is a residential community unlike any other. The Baevskis see it as the chance to show how well-planned environmental conservation management works in close harmony, enabling people to live in virtually untouched landscape.

Ninety-eight percent of Sunrise remains untouched by development — three-quarters of the land has been dedicated as a permanent nature conservation reserve.

Sunrise at 1770 has 4km of beachfront land, and residents have access to six surfing beaches blessed with pure white sand. Two ocean-side clubs form the centre of social gatherings. There are two 25m pools, a shaded pool for children, tennis courts and outdoor dining and barbecue facilities.


Two-and-a-half hours drive from Rockhampton.


Seabreeze costs $2850 a night for the entire house. It accommodates up to six adults.

The Loft rates start at $3000 a week, and $650 a night with a minimum of three nights during peak season.

The Crows Nest is $400 a week with a minimum one-week stay.

Virgin Blue has flights to Rockhampton.

One-way fares from:

  • Brisbane $85
  • Sydney $135
  • Melbourne $200
  • Adelaide $240
  • Darwin $265
  • Perth $330

There are limited seats that may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares are one-way on the Internet. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person, per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at May 29, 2008 and are subject to change.

Prices correct at May 29, 2008.

For further information

Sunrise at 1770
Agnes Water 4677
Ph: (07) 4974 9865

Virgin Blue
Ph: 136 789

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