The village is a tourist destination on the Queensland Discovery Coast, in the Joseph Banks Environmental Park; it is on a peninsula, with the Coral Sea and Bustard Bay on three sides. Agnes Water is eight kilometres (5 miles) to the south. The village itself contains holiday accommodation, restaurants, a general store, and a small marina.
1770 can be reached by a tarred road from Bundaberg, 120 kilometres (72 mi) to the south, and there is also a tarred road to Agnes Water. The town sustains a small permanent population; a significant holiday population makes it to the area to take advantage of fishing and other water activities.
The area's wildlife and vegetation has been preserved as far as possible, and this, together with the area's natural beauty, and an outer surf and inner still water beach, is the main tourist attraction. It also offers day cruises and flights to the outer Great Barrier Reef, to nearby Lady Musgrave Island and Lady Elliot Island, Fitzroy Reef, Pancake Creek, and the historic Bustard Head lighthouse.