Wide stretches of empty beaches ... this sounds like a fishing trip in the making!
The adjoining towns of 1770 and Agnes Water are sleepy seaside retreats on the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, but they are becoming quite popular with tourists and investors.
1770 is on a headland overlooking Bustard Bay and Round Hill Creek and has historical significance as it was the second place in Australia, after Botany Bay, where Lieutenant Cook took the Endeavour. As it was the first landing place in Queensland it is often proclaimed its birthplace, and was given the name 1770 in 1936.
Agnes Water has some large-scale development in the pipeline and already has a shopping strip, real estate agents, restaurants and clothing stores as well as a small museum. It also has a 6km surf beach, the last before the Reef begins.
Six kilometres north, 1770 is much quieter, but it does have a marina, making it the place from which to launch fishing trips. 1770 Marine Services have 3.5 metre aluminium dinghies with canopies. They can be hired for a morning or a whole day, and the fishing and mudcrabbing crab pots can be hired are good. Fish include barramundi, mangrove jack, flathead, flounder, bream and whiting. Cuddles, a pet groper measuring around three metres, visits regularly and is hand-fed by staff.
The Beach Shacks are tucked into the sheltered side of 1770's headland. It is tranquil and has safewater anchorage. The three self-contained two-bedroom bungalows are spacious and have been built from local and imported timbers in tropical style. Floors are mixed hardwood and architraves and French doors are of silky oak.
Each has a barbecue and hammock, equipped kitchen, separate dining/lounge area and bathrooms with timber ceilings and corrugated iron walls. Beds have netting to keep the bugs out.
There is greenery surrounding the shacks palms, jacaranda, flame trees, hibiscus and thick black bamboo. The property has a romantic ambience, as well as beautiful views.
Captain Cook Holiday Village was designed to suit everyone. It has self-contained cabins, bungalows, powered sites and campsites scattered over two-and-a-half hectares. Cabins have full kitchen and ceiling fans and the new cabins in the garden have optional air conditioning. They all accommodate up to five and have ensuite facilities. The bungalows are similar but without ensuite facilities. Linen is not provided but may be rented. Powered sites for caravans, campervans and tents are in shady spots of native bush setting.
There is an abundance of unpowered campsites throughout the park and the whole place is a sanctuary for lorikeets, kangaroos, wild bush turkeys and possums. There is access to a private surfing beach which is free of stingers and crocodiles.
The Deck Bistro is a favourite for good food and entertainment. It is just a simple room with a bar, but the emphasis is on dining outdoors so the views can be enjoyed. It is open every day, serving fare such as burgers, nachos, sandwiches and, of course, a range of delicious seafood dishes. Their coconut macadamia prawns are a favourite of locals and visitors.