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Paradise found: 7 things to do in 1770 and Agnes Water

While the Southern Great Barrier Reef is sprinkled with tropical islands and rainbow-coloured reef, there’s competition back on the mainland in the coastal paradise category.

The underrated twin towns of Agnes Water and the Town of 1770 give as good as they get, serving up an au naturel playground of secluded beaches, forest fantasy lands and hiking trails that lead to breathtaking views.

Pack your swimmers and get ready for a sizzling summer on the Discovery Coast filled with good times, #instaworthy moments, and laidback beach vibes.

1.Get lost in a paperbark forest

Paperbark Forest Boardwalk, Agnes Water | 7 things to do in 1770 and Agnes Water

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This truly hidden gem near 1770 isn’t like most forest walks. You won’t find a dark, dense canopy or a wide, well-worn trail to point you in the right direction.

Instead you’ll be greeted with a light-filled forest overflowing with paperbark trees and a short 400m trail where you’ll encounter stepping stones, narrow boardwalks, and water crossings.

Head south to the Reedy Creek Reserve on the outskirts of Agnes Water (off Springs Road) to tiptoe through and completely immerse yourself in the lush undergrowth of the Paperbark Forest Boardwalk.

2.Stock up on some vitamin sea

Agnes Water 1770

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Switch things up and discover Agnes Water and the Town of 1770’s best-kept secret, Chinaman’s Beach.

You’ll find it just south of Agnes Water (off Springs Road) at the end of a winding road offering chilled vibes and views that rival the Great Barrier Reef Drive.

Chinaman’s Beach is as secluded as it gets, with large rocky escarpments framing both sides and a foliage-filled hill shielding it from the road. Although a totally #instaworthy spot for a dip, be cautious if swimming, as it’s not a patrolled beach.

If you’re after less secluded and more stretches of beach as far as the eye can see, head to Agnes Beach. With kids making sandcastles, surfers and bodyboarders amongst the waves (psssst this is the most northern surf break in Queensland), the bright red and yellow of the surf lifesaver’s uniform, and backpackers tanning on the sand, you’ll never want summer to end.

3. Go to the beach in your active-wear

Take a break from working on your tan and get active with a walk along the Red Rock Hiking Trail, south of Agnes Water. Pack a backpack with swimmers and a towel, as the stretches of beach you’ll encounter are nothing short of irresistible.

Don’t forget to take water with you on the hour-long trail (longer if you stop to swim and take in the scenery) that encompasses bushwalking, boardwalks, beach, and a well-worth-it end destination of Red Rock. Once you reach the giant rocky structures, cool down from the walk with a refreshing dip in one of the small rock pools.

If you’re visiting during November and December, be on the lookout for mother turtles nesting along the beach.

4. Get out on the water

Agnes Water and the Town of 1770

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When in Agnes Water and the Town of 1770, one must partake in water activities.

Although it’s the most northern spot to catch a wave, this surfy town offers calm inlets where SUP and kayaking are a rite of passage.

Hire a kayak for a few hours with 1770 Liquid Adventures, or book into their sunset tour, which offers the opportunity to see the area from a different perspective, a chance to spot turtles and dolphins amongst other marine life, not to mention a great vantage point to watch the sunset.

5. Glamp under the stars

Agnes water and 1770

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Staying indoors isn’t nearly as fun when you’re surrounded by natural wonders waiting to be explored.

Agnes Water Beach Holidays offers the chance to immerse yourself in nature while still being comfortable. Think a step up from camping, but not quite a hotel, with glamping by the water or in the treetops.

Not a fan of tents? Agnes Water Beach Holidays also has apartments and a caravan designated area.

6. Treat yo’self

Getaway Garden Cafe, Agnes Water | 7 things to do in 1770 and Agnes Water

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Leave the beach behind you and enter the giant, handcrafted Balinese doors to a tropical escape.

Located on site at 1770 Getaway, the Getaway Garden Café offers sweet treats, healthy sandwiches, coffee, and fresh juices. The best spot to savour them is on the outdoor deck overlooking a tranquil lily pond. Ahh, the serenity.

7. Get one last glimpse of this summer sanctuary

As the summer days slowly get shorter and the air starts to get slightly crisper, make the most of your time with a visit to the 1770 Headland and lookouts.

Park along Sir Raphael Cilento Drive and take an easy 15-minute stroll to one of the best views of the headland.

As one of only four places on the east coast of Australia where you can watch the sun rise and set over the water, it’s definitely worth it.

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Have you been to Agnes Water and the Town of 1770 before? Let us know your summer hot spots in the comments below.