A Guide to Agnes Water & 1770, QLD, Australia

Agnes Water was one of our stops on our Queensland Road Trip. It is a place that I would recommend that you visit for 2 nights.

A guide to Agnes water & 1770

About Agnes Water and the History of 1770

Agnes Water & the Town of 1770 are most famous for being the first place that Lt. James Cook landed in Australia. The headland was formed by volcanic and sandstone rocks in the Triassic period (between 205-250 million years ago. Overall it is a pretty small town but perfect as a stop to break up your East Coast Driving.

Where to Stay in Agnes Water & 1770


  • Horizons Kangaroo Sanctuary
    •   This campsite was brilliant for our first camp in Queensland. There are both powered and unpowered sites.
    • An unpowered site cost $25 for a couple per night. This included use of the shared kitchen, toilets & shower facilities.
    • It is a kangaroo sanctuary so expect a visit from a few of the kangaroos as they eat the grass near your site or even come over to have a little enquire.
    • The sanctuary offers a kangaroo feeding experience for $10 per person for both guests and non-guests at 3:30-4:30pm each day.
    • Be prepared to be visited by other animals too such as brush turkeys and peacocks! It was my first time seeing a peacock in the wild and it took me by surprise just how big it was.
    • The sunset views are phenomenal.



  • Asanti Agnes Water Surfing Beach, Agnes Water
    • This is an entire apartment that sleeps up to 6 guests.
    • It is a less than 5 minute walk from the beach.
    • It has free, undercover parking.
    • It has air-conditioning with heating settings too so perfect for a trip at any time of year.


  • Backpackers at 1770
    • Dorm rooms are between $25-30 per night & private double rooms are $85.
    • They have free wifi, parking, shuttle bus to the Greyhound bus stop & more!
    • You can hire surf boards & bicycles.
  • 1770 YHA Beachside Backpacker
    • Dorm rooms are between $25-$28 per night
    • They have free wifi, shuttle bus to the Greyhound bus stop & a pool.
    • They offer surf lessons, trip to the kangaroo sanctuary, massages & more!

What To Do & Activities

  • Lt. James Cook Monument
    • There is a monument marking the exact spot that James Cook landed in Australia for the first time on 24th May 1770. It was unveiled in 1926.
  • Coastal Walks
    • The main walk is Round Hill Creek Track which a 1.2km each way trip. There is the option to extend that track to the Round Hill Headland.
    • The walk is fairly easy for those of able body. I wore trainers but there were people wearing flip-flops (thongs). There is the occasional steep hill or loose gravel surface.
    • There are lots of birds that you will have a chance to see on the walk such as ospreys and white-bellied sea-eagles.
  • Hire a bicycle
    • In 1770, there are lots of places that you can hire a bicycle and cycle the streets of 1770. Most of the area is accessible by bicycle so it is a good way to explore without the cost of a hire-car.
  • Feed a Kangaroo
    • As mentioned above, you can visit Horizons Kangaroo Sanctuary in Agnes Water to feed kangaroos for $10 pp. All money goes into looking after the kangaroos and conserving the land on which they live.

Have you visited Agnes Water and 1770? What did you think?


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