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1770 (Seventeen Seventy) Queensland Australia

Updated on February 6, 2015

Sunset Seventeen Seventy

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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.

The waterfront at Seventeen Seventy
The waterfront at Seventeen Seventy
The forshore boardwalk at Seventeen Seventy
The forshore boardwalk at Seventeen Seventy
Memorial to Captain Cook
Memorial to Captain Cook
Walkway along Seventeen Seventy waterfront
Walkway along Seventeen Seventy waterfront
Fishing at 1770
Fishing at 1770

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.

Let me know you're out there - leave a comment :)

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      aboutaustralia 5 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      I'm sure you'll enjoy your visit to 1770 Ausemade, it's a great spot. Many thanks for your comment, vote, pin and fb - much appreciated! Sharon

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      Ausemade 5 years ago from Australia

      It was funny that my partner and I were only talking last week about what a fantastic name for a town. Great article, including the info about the caravan parks... definitely one of the places I must visit. voted up, pinned and facebook www.facebook.com/ausemade

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      aboutaustralia 5 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      Hi CMHypno,

      it's a shame you missed 1770 the first time round, but at least you have a great excuse to go back for another holiday on the Queensland Coast ;)

      Thanks for popping in and leaving a comment. Happy travels, Sharon

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      CMHypno 5 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      1770 is one of the few places that I didn't stop at on my trip up the Queensland coast, and looking at your photos I wish had. Thanks for the great indormation.

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      aboutaustralia 5 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      Thanks Angelo52, glad you enjoyed my hub.

      Appreciate you stopping by.

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      Angelo52 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Very pretty scenery. Photos and article mesh very well. Thanks for sharing.

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      aboutaustralia 5 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      I agree LadyLyell, I actually met a couple of travelers near Gladstone who were on their 4th circuit of Australia! They said they still hadn't seen it all ;)

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      LadyLyell 5 years ago from George, South Africa

      I enjoyed this account of 1770.

      Australia is such a big country that unless you do a slow trip right around you may never see the half.