Lagoons 1770 Resort & Spa
Captain Cook Dve & Beaches Village Circuit, Agnes Water Ph (07) 4902 1600 lagoons1770.com.au
Guests staying in ground-floor rooms of the Lagoons 1770 Resort and Spa can walk out onto their balcony and jump straight into the pool. As the name suggests, a lagoon is the centrepiece of this $50 million resort between the Town of 1770 and Agnes Water on the Central Queensland coast. In the centre there’s also a huge outdoor hot tub, as well as a hut that serves food and drinks at lunchtime. By night, blue lights illuminate the pool and tiki torches add an enticing glow.
A day spa, excellent restaurant and conference centre round out the facilities at the 112-room resort set amid 9000 sqm of landscaped grounds. Ours was a well-appointed, self-contained room on the second floor, where all units have a hot tub on the balcony. A short stroll from the resort is a surf beach with more driftwood than people. It wasn’t patrolled when we visited, but it is on summer weekends. The Town of 1770’s few shops are just down the road and there is easy access to day-trip options, including a spectacular flight over the headlands from Wyndham Aviation with beach take-off and landing.
Talk over the years has suggested that 1770 and neighbouring Agnes Water could become “the next Noosa” with a growing number of impressive homes taking advantage of sensational ocean and beach views. But the prospect of getting loved to death like its southern neighbour seems unlikely, especially given the six-hour drive time from Brisbane.
The quicker alternative is a (daily) flight to Gladstone followed by a 90-minute car trip, making this relaxed seaside hamlet a feasible weekend destination for city dwellers.