1770 (Seventeen Seventy) Queensland Australia
Sunset Seventeen Seventy
The Town of 1770
The historic town of 1770 (sometimes known as 'Seventeen Seventy'), is located in Queensland, Australia and was named when Captain Cook anchored his ship, the ‘Endeavour’ adjacent to a bay which he named ‘Bustard Bay’ after the sea birds which were prevalent in the area on 24 May 1770.
Captain Cook reported back to the home country that the birds made the most palatable poultry feast for he and his men since leaving England many months earlier. He was obviously very impressed by the quality of the meat the birds provided. Unfortunately no details remain on how the birds were captured, so we can only guess. Perhaps they were shot with the rifles that were carried on board, or perhaps they copied the local Aboriginal way of harvesting the birds.
The town is one of the most naturally beautiful on the Queensland coast and well worth the drive in off the Bruce Highway. There are a variety of caravan parks in the area along with motels, and b and b's close by.
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Caravan Parks and Free Camping at 1770
Accommodation in 1770.
There are two caravan parks in 1770, one of which is the local Council run park which is spectacularly located on the waterfront near the Eastern point, and of course is very well patronised.
The other one (Captain Cook Holiday Village) is situated on a hillside and is quite steep with dusty roads and difficult to access sites due to a huge number of trees. You will find a rough track to the beach towards the back of the park. If you set out along this track be sure to take plenty of water with you as it’s a long walk to the beach.
If you have your own camper trailer, caravan or RV, there is also a free camp available which is mainly occupied by those with ‘big rigs’ but it was also host to a couple of travellers living out of their station wagon when we were there, so there are no restrictions on who uses the area.
The free camp is easy to find. As you drive out towards the point, you will see it adjacent to the Council Works Depot on your left hand side, just past the Captain Cook Caravan Park. Amenities at the free camp include a dump point, toilets and water provided. It is a large grassy area with lots of shade and plenty of room for everyone. If you are there on a weekday, you should probably expect to be woken up by Council work trucks around 7 am. A small price to pay for a free camp!
The town of 1770 provides the tourist with some wonderful beachside boardwalks and paths to take in the scenery. There are also some great fishing opportunities off the beaches, or choose from a great range of fishing trips which leave from the very popular boat ramp and kiosk, located just along from the free camp towards the Eastern point.