On the coast 100km north of Bundaberg along the Rosedale road, the tiny settlements 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.

Agnes Water consists of a service station, two shopping complexes, several large resort villages, a couple of cafés 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 3km trail from Agnes Headland along the wooded ridge to Springs Beach, which is best reached from the Museum next to the Visitor Centre on Springs Road.

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