Couples Getaway: A long weekend in Agnes Water
& the Town of 1770
For a short stay with a BIG offering, you can’t go past Agnes Water and the Town of 1770. And we’re here to help you plan the perfect couples trip, with the best things to do, what to eat, and where to stay to make the most of your long weekend.
Day 1 – Saturday
Only a short 5-hour drive from Brisbane you’ll find Agnes Water and the Town of 1770, positioned halfway between Bundaberg and Gladstone. These twin coastal communities are known for having Queensland’s most norther surf beach and being a brief landing point for Captain James Cook in the year (…you guessed it) 1770.
Arrived hungry? Head to Holidays Café for a delicious lunch served with absolute beachfront views before checking in to your accommodation.
From beachfront camping to private holiday homes, backpackers to luxury resorts… there’s a huge range of accommodation options to suit every travellers’ preferences and budget. But for the ultimate romantic getaway you can’t go past the unique treehouse-esque bungalows of 1770 Beach Shacks, the tropical private villas of 1770 Getaway or the luxury beachfront bungalows at Agnes Water Holidays.
As the sun approaches the horizon it’s time to see why the Town of 1770 is famous for its showstopping sunsets. Take full advantage of this awe-inspiring time of day by joining 1770 LARC! Tours or 1770 Liquid Adventures for some sunset exploration.
If you like to keep active, the Sunset Kayak Tour with 1770 Liquid Adventures will have you paddling the areas pristine waterways while you spot local wildlife (dolphins, turtles, birds and more!) and stop at a secluded beach to enjoy some complimentary snacks and drinks. For a unique experience, climb aboard with 1770 LARC! Tours where their iconic pink amphibious cargo vehicle will be your ride for the Afternoon Cruise.
Finish out the day with fish & chips from the Rusty Pelican at the 1770 Marina.
Day 2 – Sunday
As the gateway (and closest departure point) to Lady Musgrave Island, no visit to the Town of 1770 would be complete without ticking off this bucket-list destination. Located a short 90-minute boat trip from the mainland, Lady Musgrave Island is home to the only navigable coral lagoon on the entire Great Barrier Reef. This inner lagoon, surrounded by an eight nautical mile ring of coral protection, is a haven for over 1,200 varieties of brilliantly coloured fish and over 200 species of both hard and soft corals. It’s like swimming in a giant aquarium!
1770reef Great Barrier Reef Eco Tours operate daily tours to Lady Musgrave Island which include snorkelling, island exploration, a glass bottom boat tour and use of snorkelling equipment, as well as meals and some refreshments.
Alternatively, 1770 Creek 2 Reef Fishing Charters offer small group tours (we’re talking 4 – 8 guests) that are perfect for couples! BONUS: If you’re an avid angler, hop aboard for their ‘Fish and Snorkel Charter’ where your two ocean loving hosts, Tony and Sandy, will put their extensive fishing knowledge to good use ensuring a fun and successful day out to Lady Musgrave Island.
After your adventurous day, sit back and relax with some live music, cold bevys and delicious eats at Drift and Wood Restaurant in Sandcastles 1770 Motel & Resort. It’s a popular way to cap off the weekend, so be sure to book ahead.
Day 3 – Monday
It’s time to lace up your walking shoes and explore the region on foot. Whether you take on a serious hike or enjoy a leisurely stroll, the region will reward you with stunning natural surrounds and picturesque views. Here’s our top picks of the must-do walking trails…
Paperbark Trail (EASY – 400m) – This short but whimsical walk will have you follow a trail of stepping stones and wooden walkways, as you wind through the magical paperbark trees that tower above.
1770 Headlands (EASY – 1km) – There’s no need to huff and puff for some of the best views in 1770, this leisurely walk offers spectacular headland vistas and several lookouts along the way to stop and take it all in.
Red Rock Walking Trail (MEDIUM – 2.5km) – Other than the coconuts and wallabies, there’s a good chance that you’ll have this local favourite all to yourself. Dotted with breathtaking scenery (including secluded Honeymoon Bay), this trail requires a reasonable level of fitness as you will encounter steep inclines, boardwalks, sand and stepping stones.
Click here to discover all 6 must do walking trails in Agnes Water and the Town of 1770.
With an appetite successfully worked up, make your next stop for brunch at 1770 Getaway Café. Enter through a beautiful set of ornate Balinese doors and follow the garden path to indulge in the delicious eats and sweet treats at this hidden gem. LOCAL TIP ℹ Try a piece of their coveted vanilla slice and thank us later!
Got a little time before hitting the road? Complete your long weekend with some last-minute sun, sand and vitamin sea at Queensland’s most northern surf beach, Agnes Water Main Beach.