Top 15 things to do in Agnes Water

The perfect recipe for your next coastal holiday starts with these top things to do in Agnes Water.


Top 15 things to do in Agnes Water


The world’s largest coral reef system at its doorstep.
Sunrise and sunset views.
Consistent, year-round surf.
Enchanting forests.
Charming locals.
And a generous dollop of laidback coastal vibes.

It’s a hard recipe to get right, but with plenty of things to do in Agnes Water and 1770, you’ll have all the ingredients you need to make the perfect seaside holiday. Located at the southern end of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, within the Gladstone region of Queensland, the idyllic coastal towns of Agnes Water and 1770 offer everything from picture-perfect beaches and magical forests, to vibrant music festivals and unique, on-land/off-land experiences.

The accommodation options are pretty impressive too – just check out NRMA Agnes Water Holiday Park, nestled on the shores of Agnes Water Main Beach. This dreamy holiday park boasts unobstructed views of the glistening Coral Sea, which you can glimpse from its luxury beachfront villas, glamping safari tents and caravan and camping sites. Pet-friendly, the park presents an exceptional setting for your next seaside getaway and the perfect base in which to explore these top 15 things to do in Agnes Water and 1770:

1. Glamp under the stars and by the sea

For the ultimate glamping experience, you won’t want to miss glamping at NRMA Agnes Water Holiday Park. The holiday park is home to one of the best glamping experiences this side of the equator, playing host to five seaside glamping tents located metres from Agnes Water Main Beach.

2. Explore Agnes Water and 1770 by foot

Agnes Water lends itself well to beach walks and nature hikes, thanks to its beautiful coastline, forests and creeks. For a picturesque introduction to the area, traverse the Agnes Water Beach Walk, which starts at Agnes Water Beach and leads you all the way up to the 1770 Headland and potentially past eagles, turtles, dolphins and large schools of fish. Looking for more trails? Try these intriguing walks in and around Agnes Water.

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3. Discover a magical forest full of enchanting things

Hop, skip and jump over wooden steppingstones and walk along narrow boardwalks that weave through a forest of paperbark tea trees and a lush undergrowth of ferns at the Paperbark Forest Boardwalk – a sun-dappled forest that’s truly enchanting. See if you can spot butterflies, fungi, flying foxes and frogs as you meander through this fairytale forest, and if you look close enough, you might even come across a fairy.

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4. Go on an off-road adventure in the Deepwater and Eurimbula National Parks

You’ll find Deepwater and Eurimbula National Parks a short drive from Agnes Water. These two four-wheel-driving hotspots offer plenty of adventure for the avid off-roader, who will love exploring the parks’ beaches, coastal mangroves, freshwater creeks and tropical rainforest. For a unique land-meets-water adventure, do jump on board the amphibious, bright pink LARC! vehicle, which will take you for a cruise along the region’s beaches and over the sea.

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5. Watch the sunrise AND sunset from 1770

Did you know that 1770 is one of the only places on the East Coast of Australia where you can watch both the sunrise and sunset over the ocean? Whether you’re an early riser or an afternoon thriver, you’ll love the vibrant hues you can view at one of the lookouts along 1770’s Headland.

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6. Dive into a giant living aquarium at Lady Musgrave Island

Seventy-five minutes from the shores of Agnes Water and 1770 lays Lady Musgrave Island and the Southern Great Barrier Reef – a giant living aquarium full of dazzling fish, sea animals and more than 350 species of corals. Access this marine sanctuary via one of the many boat tours that leave Agnes Water and 1770 daily.

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7. Learn how to surf

With consistent waves all year ‘round, Agnes Water is primed and ready for your next wave-chasing adventure. Novice? Try Lazy Lizard Surf School 1770 or Gnarly Tours Surf School for lessons in surfing 101.

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8. Find pristine, secluded beaches

Looking for your own pristine patch of paradise to while away the day? Then you’ll want to visit Springs Beach, located opposite the Paperbark Forest Boardwalk. This quiet and secluded stretch of coast offers a protected inlet ideal for swimming, surfing and rock fishing. Chinaman’s Beach also provides a choice spot for quiet contemplation and to cast a line. NB: these beaches aren’t patrolled so take caution if entering the water. For a family friendly, patrolled option, head to the popular Agnes Main Beach.

9. Kayak all day

They might be renowned for surfing, but Agnes Water and 1770 are also amazing destinations to discover by kayak. Join 1770 Liquid Adventures for a half or full day kayaking trip that’ll see you paddling past everything from lush mangroves to secluded sandbars. Travelling with the family? Try 1770 Liquid Adventures’s two-hour family tour.

10. Spot whales and other wildlife in the water and from the shore

Wildlife lover? From July to October catch glimpses of migrating humpback whales and their pups from Agnes Main Beach or the 1770 Headland. At Roddy’s Bay, find inquisitive dolphins and dugongs, or soar through the water alongside manta rays at Lady Musgrave Island.

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11. Enjoy tasty eats and hearty feasts at local fave, the Getaway Garden Café

This lush garden café, which exudes a distinct Bali atmosphere, is surrounded by palm trees, gated by a magnificent, giant teak doorway and overlooks a tranquil lily pond. On the menu you’ll find delicious treats for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including some scrumptious vegan eats and mouth-watering desserts for the sweet teeth.

12. Sing, dance and groove at the Agnes Blues, Roots and Rock Festival

If three days of live music, food stalls and performer-led workshops sounds like your cup of tea, then you’ll want to get tickets to the Agnes Blues, Roots and Rock Festival. Held in February every year, this festival is a great place to discover new music and enjoy the best of festival vibes.

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13. Reel in the perfect catch from the land or on a fishing charter

Home to some of the best beach and reef fishing in Australia, the Southern Great Barrier Reef is a must visit for avid anglers. Fish from the beach or head out on a fishing charter like Reef Fishing Charters 1770, which has full day, short day and private fishing charters.

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14. Travel back to 1770 during the 1770 Festival

Did you know that the town of 1770 was named after James Cook and his crew, who landed on its shores on May 24, 1770? Each year this numerically named town commemorates its history with a festival that takes locals and visitors back in time via a live reenactment of Cook’s landing. This annual event also features lots of live entertainment and a street parade, making it a must-do if you’re in the region in May.

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15. Get fruity at 1770 Distillery

For an experience that’s a little bit different, head to 1770 Distillery, which produces fruit liqueurs in traditional copper stills. Made using locally grown ingredients, the liqueurs can be tasted for free from the distillery, which is located right in the centre of town

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