1770, Queensland

1770, Queensland

1770 is a village in Queensland, Australia, built on the site of the second landing by James Cook and the crew of HM Bark Endeavour in May 1770 (Cook's first landing in what is now the state of Queensland). Originally known as Round Hill — after the creek it sits on — the name was changed in 1970 to commemorate the bicentennial of Cook's visit. The community of 1770 hold the re-enactment of this historic landing each year as part of the 1770 Festival held in May.

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.

The area also has four national parks: Deepwater, Eurimbula, Mount Colosseum, and Round Hill. These all offer wilderness camping and hiking.

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