Discovery Coast Queensland
A Secret No Longer The Discovery Coast offers that unique getaway - freedom and space to explore, with all the comforts of a destination rapidly becoming recognised and well marked on the Queensland holiday trail. With the Town Of 1770 & Agnes Water offers the best of both worlds, Luxury accommodation, comfortable camping sites, restaurants and cafés, guided tours to the Great Barrier Reef and nearby wilderness areas, 4WDrive and fishing tours - all combine to offer the visitor (whether staying a week or just a day) as much or as little to do as you'd like.
Agnes Water on the oceanfront has the most northerly surfing beach in Queensland. Here you'll find some of the region's most stunning seaside homes and accommodation offering million dollar sea views - combined with the charm of "old Agnes" popular with families and the surfing set. The area's great weather, services and "get away from it all" ambience make it a perfect Queensland holiday location. The district's history and connection to Captain Cook's landing is showcased at the town's museum. The pale curve of Agnes Water beach is a magic spot and secret gems like Workman's Beach set amidst towering cliffs and rugged rock formations offer a secluded option nearby.
Just 5 kms north is the Town of 1770 (Seventeen Seventy) - so named after the visit of Lt. James Cook and the crew of the Endeavour in May, 1770. This was Cook's second landfall in Australia - the first in Queensland - so giving rise to the area's claim to be the Birthplace of Queensland. The 1770 Festival is held each year in May on the weekend around the 24th in Commemoration to the Heritage of the Birth Place Of Queensland. The 1770 Festival has seen rapid growth in past years & is now the largest event held in the Town of 1770.
Bustard Bay's golden sandy beaches, crystal clear water and natural landscape have changed little since that day over 236 years ago. Take the drive out to Round Hill Head for a magnificent panorama. Great Barrier Reef cruises to Lady Musgrave Island and Fitzroy Reef and snorkeling to nearby Pancake Creek reefs offer shorter cruise times with maximum time spent at the reef. Bright pink amphibious LARC vehicles are now an icon of 1770 and a must do on your itinerary. Eurimbula National Park cloaks the north shore of Round Hill Creek and offers a scenic 4x4 campsite and rugged trails for the keen off-road enthusiast.
Back inland, Rosedale is a small rural centre offering the classic country pub and charming historic chapel. Lowmead is another country township in the area featuring a popular hotel and swimming holes on the scenic upper reaches of the Baffle Creek.
Baffle Creek is an area high on the list of keen fishing folk - its reputation for fish surpassed only by plentiful supplies of crabs! Rules Beach provides 4x4 access to the isolated and beautiful mouth of the Baffle Creek Conservation Park and Deepwater National Park. Lowmead on the beautiful upper reaches of the Baffle and enjoy a beer at the friendly local pub!
Back to Highway 1 and past the dense slopes of Mount Colosseum National Park brings you to Miriam Vale - the administrative centre of the Shire and a well-known stopover with its charming main street and delicious crab sandwiches. Further north, Bororen straddles the main highway, or, for the more adventurous, take a drive west through the Many Peaks range and discover tiny villages nestled in the Boyne Valley amidst rugged mountain scenery.
Turkey Beach, at the northern end of our region, is geographically closer than virtually anywhere else in Queensland to the Great Barrier Reef and the protected Rodds Bay is a fisherman's paradise, laying claim to some of the best mud crab areas in the state. Rodds Harbour is now a Dugong Sanctuary and these mysterious mammals can sometimes be seen when exploring the maze of waterways by boat. A national park preserves the rugged peninsular between the bay and the coral sea.
Directory Guide to the Discovery Coasts areas to see & visit while in Central Queesland.