Town of 1770

What’s your favourite destination in Queensland?

It’s not the easiest question to answer, especially when the state boasts an endless list of World Heritage-listed hot spots and protected National Parks.

In an RACQ Living podcast, Road Trips, we posed this question to Matt Bron – a country man who has seen most of Australia.

Matt is the Destination Director of Outback and Country Queensland for Tourism Events Queensland, so travelling the state is a big part of the job.

To our surprise, his favourite destination is the small coastal town of 1770, nestled between Bundaberg and Gladstone near Agnes Water.

“On the coast I can’t go past the town of 1770,” Mr Bron said.

“It has a fantastic coastal village feel, and there are really great bushwalking tracks with spectacular coastline views.

“The headland has great fishing and I love to have a nice cold beer in the afternoon and watch the sun set over the water – it’s one of the few locations in Queensland where this is possible.”

Mr Bron said 1770 also has the most-northern surf beach along Australia’s east coast and is described as the state’s best-kept secret.

“The beach itself remains protected from high-rise development, so it makes you feel like you are isolated in a beach paradise,” he said.

The town is also the closest departure point for cruises to Lady Musgrave Island and fishing charters to the outer Great Barrier Reef.

Best of all it’s only 8km from Agnes Waters, a town with accommodation, shopping and restaurants.

Top five things to do in 1770

  1. Go fishing. If you don’t have any luck, you can get some local catch from the butcher.
  2. Take a tour to Bustard Headlight House.
  3. Day trip to Lady Musgrave Island.
  4. Explore the surrounding National Parks and hidden beaches.
  5. Go 4WDing through Deepwater or Eurimbula National Park.