On the coast 100km north of Bundaberg along the Rosedale road, the tiny settlement of Agnes Water and nearby 1770 mark the spot where Captain Cook first set foot in Queensland on May 24, 1770. It's a pretty area whose attractions include pockets of mangrove, fan palm and paperbark wetlands, and Queensland's northernmost surf beach. Greyhound Australia operates a daily bus in both directions between Bundaberg and Agnes Water, stopping opposite Cool Bananas Hostel on Spring Road.
Agnes Water consists of a service station, two shopping complexes, several large resort villages and the Agnes Water Tavern – which does excellent meals. The town is fronted by a stunning, sweeping beach backed by sand dunes, and there are some delightful coastal walks in the area, including the three-kilometre trail from Agnes Headland along the wooded ridge to Springs Beach, which is best reached from the Museum on Springs Road. Accommodation includes 1770 Getaway (Tel:07/4974 9323, Web: www.1770getaway.com.au ; Price: $101-130) on Springs Road, featuring nicely designed apartments with balconies overlooking four acres of landscaped gardens; spacious motel rooms at Sandcastles (Tel:07/4974 7200, Web: www.sandcastles1770.com.au ; Price: $76-100), off Captain Cook Drive heading towards 1770 and fronted by tropical bush just 200m from the beach; and Cool Bananas Backpackers Lodge (Tel:07/4974 7660, Web: www.coolbananas.net.au ; Price: hostel $25) on Springs Road. Street Beat (Tel:07/4974 7697), 1km before town on Round Hill Road, rents out scooters ($90 per day), cars ($65 per day) and 4WD vehicles ($120 per day).