La­goons 1770 Re­sort & Spa

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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.

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