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Seventeen SeventyOne of Queensland’s best kept secrets, Seventeen Seventy is an idyllic beach village that hasn’t changed much since Captain Cook landed in 1770. It retains a quaint and tropical feel with no crowds and plenty of natural beauty.
Seventeen Seventy (known as The Town of 1770) is a picturesque seaside village surrounded on three sides by the Coral Sea and Bustard Bay. Enjoy stand up paddleboarding, fishing and swimming at the calm waters adjacent to 1770 Foreshore, with extensive boardwalk, grassed picnic areas, barbecues and children's playground. Historic as the second landing site of James Cook and the crew of the Endeavour in May 1770, the area is rich in wildlife and natural beauty and offers scenic vistas in every direction. The Joseph Banks Environmental Park preserves much of the peninsula with fauna and flora indicative of the area. Rugged granite rocky outcrops, both an outer surf and inner Stillwater beach, and holiday accommodation in houses, apartments and two caravan and camping parks cater for visitors. You will find restaurants, a general store and a small marina in 1770 with the Agnes Water township and beach only a short eight kilometres south which has further eateries and amenities. Seventeen Seventy is also a departure point for reef cruises and fishing charters to the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Day tours and wilderness camping transfers operate to nearby Lady Musgrave Island. Day tours also operate to the historic Bustard Heads lighthouse. For the camping enthusiast, four National Parks including Deepwater, Eurimbula, Mount Colosseum and Round Hill offer wilderness camping and hiking.
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Go snorkelling in Fitzroy Reef Lagoon
Situated 32 nautical miles (or 90 minutes) from Seventeen Seventy is the spectacular 2,000 acre Fitzroy Reef. The only naturally formed, all tidal entrance Lagoon on the Southern Great Barrier Reef, it boasts a diverse range of spectacular corals and bommies - perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving. Marine life that calls Fitzroy Reef Lagoon home includes Manta rays, Bull rays, Eagle rays, the Lagoon ray with its iridescent blue spots and also the black blotched stingray, Dolphins (bottlenose, common and spinner), Turtles (Loggerhead, Green and Hawksbill) and up to 1,000 different species of small colourful fish. Visitors can expect to see nearly one million individual fish while snorkelling the bombies of Fitzroy! Sharks (white and blacktip reef sharks) majestically cruise through the Lagoon - totally uninterested in people. Access to Fitzroy Reef Lagoon is by private vessel.
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