Not so long ago the twin coastal towns of Agnes Water and Town of 1770 were tipped by property speculators as Australia's next Noosa or Gold Coast. Thankfully for visitors to this lovely outpost 70km south of Gladstone, hemmed in by national parks, hidden red rock coves and the Pacific Ocean, little has changed and the tourism boom was more like a fizz.
Agnes Water is the east coast’s most northerly surf beach, a long, glorious point break rolling into an idyllic shoreline by a friendly strip of shops. A 6km jaunt down the road is the site of Captain Cook's first landing in Queensland in, you guessed it, 1770. The short bluff walks are outstanding, and the camping site is one of the most dreamy in the state, a launching point for kayaking and paddleboarding and fishing excursions around the inlets of the ‘Discovery Coast’.