In some ways, Queensland is similar to the African plain lands. Hundreds of southerners head north and migrate to the much warmer, northern part of our state, seeking clear skies and warm winter days. Every year they do the same migration and go to the same place, and they all have a specific haven in sunny Queensland. One of those winter havens can be found at the town of 1770. The town itself is famous for being the place where Captain James Cook made his second landing on Australian soil in May 24, 1770.
As expected, every year the town of 1770 conducts the re-enactment of the landing – accompanied by several days of festivity. Not only is 1770 a historical place, it is also a hotspot for campers, anglers and hikers. Once you arrive at 1770, put your phone away and pull out your singlets, thongs, binoculars and your fishing gear, as these are the only things you will need.
I have been to 1770 on four different occasions and each time I enjoy a little more than the previous time. I always stay at the 1770 Camping Ground as it is absolute beachfront. If you walk about 50 metres during high tide, you will be in the water. The camping ground accommodates tents, caravans and camper trailers. Campfires are allowed on the beachfront sites only.
At night time, why not drive up to the Round Hill Headland where you can walk into the Sir Joseph Bank Nature Reserve to watch an unforgettable sunset. A word of warning, it is very popular and you will have to be early to get the best spot. What about the children, you may ask? The grounds also accommodate families with young children and you will find a playground at the entrance of the camping site. There are also many kilometres of beach where they can explore under the rocks, swim or just chase the seagulls.
Words and images by Jose Alonso