Agnes Water is a small laid back surf town but there’s certainly no shortage of things to do, no matter what you’re into. Agnes almost feels like Byron Bay before it became trendy and popular. The town has a slow and relaxing vibe to it where the locals are friendly and everyone is out enjoying the stunning coastline. There are a bunch of awesome things to do in Agnes Water, ranging from hiking tropical coastlines, checking out local markets, learning to surf and even learning about the history and why it’s called 1770. Here’s everything you should check out when visiting Agnes Water!
Best Time To Visit Agnes Water
Agnes Water boasts great sunshine all year-round. November to April are the summer months and you’ll typically find that the days are incredibly hot. The water is warm but this is also the period where dangerous stinging jellyfish are around. April to October is when the weather is perfect. There’s still plenty of sunshine, the temperature is beautiful and the water is still great for swimming! Plus you won’t find any dangerous jellyfish during these months.
Best Things To Do In Agnes Water
Red Rock Walking Trail
An absolute gem and one of the first things you should do when visiting Agnes Water is hiking the Red Rock Trail. It’s a stunning coastal walk that will take you to pristine tropical beaches with no one else in sight. Without much effort, you’ll be able to enjoy a little slice of paradise all to yourself. The starting point of the hike can be found at the Red Rock Track Car Park, directly opposite the Paperbark Forest Boardwalk.
The full track is about 2.5kms return and will take roughly 2 hours to walk. You can do as much or as little of the hike as you like. The hike is easy to follow as you’ll come across markers every often leading you in the right direction. You’ll come across stunning remote beaches full of palm tress and crystal clear water. Our favourite spot was the second beach along the hike. It was an absolute stunner and we ended up spending most of our day under the palms at this beach.
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Springs Beach is a 10-minute drive from the centre of town which is why you’ll find that it’s less crowded than main beach. The beach has some amazing waves and golden sand that stretches as far as the eye can see. It’s a great place to escape the crowds and relax by the ocean. If you’re an early bird, definitely check out Springs Beach in the morning to catch a beautiful sunrise. Springs Beach is also where the Red Rock Walking Trail begins, so be sure to check that out for some other stunning beaches along the coast.
Visit The Local Market
The Discovery Coast Rotary Markets are on every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the Month. They are also on every Sunday during school holidays and long weekends. If you’re in Agnes Water at those times, definitely add it to your list of things to do! You can find the markets at the 1770 SES Grounds on Captain Cook Drive in Agnes Water. The market is a great place to find some local goodies. They have everything from fresh produce, arts and craft, books and also jewellery stores. We found that the prices were all very reasonable. Even if you’re not looking to purchase anything, the atmosphere and live music is still a good enough reason to check out the market. There’s plenty of parking and it’s free!
Agnes Water Main Beach
The main beach at Agnes Water is the perfect spot to spend the day soaking up the sun. It’s one of the most popular beaches in town so it sure can get busy during peak times. There are limited parking spots by the beach but there are plenty of overflow carparks a bit further back.
The beach is patrolled, making it a great and safe place for swimming. Agnes Water is also a very popular place to learn how to surf. So, if you’re looking to try something new, why not give surfing a try! There’s also a small cafe near the beach where you can grab a bite to eat before heading back out into the surf.
Paperbark forest boardwalk
The paperbark forest boardwalk is one of the most popular things to do in Agnes Water. The self guided walk will take you through a magical paperbark forest. It’s located only a few kilometres from Agnes Water Town, along Springs Road. The boardwalk is only 400m long but is filled with stepping-stones and wooden walkways that lead you through the beautiful forest. Be sure to also look up at the towering paperback trees to try spot some of various wildlife animals in the area.
Captain Cook Memorial
You can walk exactly where one of Captain Cook’s crew carved the date 1770 on a tree near where they landed. The monument is now in place of the tree and it commemorates Cook’s landing and his first venture on dry land at what is now called Queensland. There is also a walk that starts from Captain Cook’s memorial called the Butterfly Walk. You can do the walk all year round but during March – May you’ll find hundreds of Blue Tiger butterflies fluttering around. The walk takes you along the coastline, up to the 1770 Headland and various lookouts.
There is a small car park at the monument if you’re interested in doing some of the walks. There’s only a few spots though, so you’ll have be a little lucky. Additionally, you can make your way down to rocks to get a close up view of the river inlet. We also saw a few people catch some very large fish just off of the rocks.
1770 Headland and the various lookouts
The headland at the end of seventeen seventy is a great place to take in the panoramic views of the surrounding area. There are also plenty of walks from the 1770 Headland Carpark that take you to different lookouts. Bustard Bay lookout and Wave Lookout are the two most popular.
The coolest part of the headland is that the ocean is on one side and the river inlet is on the other. There are stunning scenic views no matter which direction you look! Our favourite part of the headland was the river inlet. Viewing the inlet from above is incredible as you can see the different shades of blue that the sand banks create. Sometimes there’s even people surfing right where the inlet meets the ocean which is mesmerising to watch from the lookout.
Stay at a Kangaroo Sanctuary
One of the coolest and most unique things to do in Agnes Water is staying at the Horizons Kangaroo Sanctuary & Camp Ground. It’s one of the best places to stay with your camper van or tent overnight. The property is located up on a hill with stunning views of the hinterland. There are Kangaroos hopping around everywhere and they’re super friendly. It’s $25 a night for 2 people and all of the money gets put back into the sanctuary and taking care of the Kangaroos. Horizons Kangaroo Sanctuary sure is a magical stay and one that we definitely recommend checking out!
Where to Stay in Agnes Water
Agnes Water is a small, sleepy town with a few different accommodation options to suit everyones needs. Most hotels and resorts are located centrally in the main area of town. There are also plenty of shops and restaurants that are all in walking distance in town. Agnes Water has accommodation options ranging from luxury apartments, beachside villas and bungalows, resorts as well as budget backpacker hostels.
Sandcastles 1770 Motel & Resort – Luxury: Sandcastles 1770 Resort is a top pick in Agnes Water. With plenty of different rooms and accommodation types, theres something here for everyone. The resort is centrally located within a 5 minute walk from the centre of town and it also has direct beach access to the main beach. There are 2 resort pools, a BBQ and an outdoor setting for relaxing. This is the ultimate place to unwind after a full day of exploring the Great Barrier Reef, surf lessons or many of the other tours available.
1770 Lagoons Central Apartment Resort – Midrange: 1770 Lagoons is a full resort experience with lagoon style swimming pools, a large jacuzzi, day spa, delicious restaurant and bar. There’s also a beach within 3 minutes walking distance. The beds, rooms and toilets are all modern and kept exceptionally clean. The staff are also extremely friendly and are there to accommodate your needs.
Cool Bananas Backpackers – Budget: Cool Bananas Backpackers is a great budget option, being just a 5 minute walk from the beach. They can help you book tours, surf lessons and also diving trips. The hostel features a communal kitchen where you can meet other travellers, a bar and also a BBQ. The facilities a great and are kept very clean.
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