Sea Change

Tourism Queensland

Agnes Water's pristine environment is its great lure

Until the present wave of backpackers began to arrive, the most notable visitor to the area of Agnes Water, an idyllic village on Australia's Queensland coast, was James Cook, who sailed by 238 years ago. During his epic journey of discovery Down Under, the then Lieutenant Cook passed the headland that locals now call "the Point" and on May 24, 1770, he anchored H.M. Bark Endeavour just under two miles (3.2 km) off the coast and led a small landing party ashore. They poked around what is now the burgeoning (and quaintly named) Town of 1770, at...

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