It’s not often you get to say you’re in 1770. Not the year either – there is a place near Gladstone called 1770 (pronounced Seventeen Seventy and alternately signed this way too it seems) – named after Captain Cook’s first landing site. But I’m getting ahead of myself..

Another early start  from Hervey Bay. We’re finding it best to travel early to stay out of the heat. After a fairy uneventful session of packing up I moved my hitchhiker on and we hit the road.


After a quick stop to get supplies we headed out of Hervey Bay – but not before talking to a lovely chap called Peter from the ADV forums. He has recently done a trip to Birdsville and had plenty of tips and stories to share (if your reading this drop the link to your ride in the comments :-) ). Stop over, time to hit the road. Today’s destination was originally intended to be Deepwater National Park, but an oversight on my part meant we had to change plans as the 10km long track into the camp ground was through deep sandy tracks – something we have had enough of for now! Onwards to the town of 1770 via Childers!




Nicely restored classic..




Quick stop for lunch. Childers seems like a wonderful place & has kept much of it’s original architecture.  Also of note is Alex’s current parking technique due to the sidestand being too long with the bike loaded up…

Onwards to Bundaberg…


We were running short of time so not much to report, bit of a push through to our destination – 1770.



By chance coincidence we happened to bump into a lovely couple named Grant & Angela while we were parked at the headland. They were currently on the return from touring Sydney to Cairns on a pair of BMW F650s that have travelled plenty – over 90,000km! Grant and Angela had both done 40,000km overseas on the BMW’s through the Americas. We eventually decided to camp at the caravan park in Agnes Waters near 1770 and parked behind Grant & Angela. We spent the rest of the night listening to tales of sand, altitude sickness and what sounded like the trip of the lifetime. It is strange to think that we parted ways this morning and yet we are probably now over 1000km apart at the time of writing – looking forward to crossing paths again in the future :-)


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8 thoughts on “1770”

  1. It was great to meet you guys too. Glad you made it Cairns, that head wind is a bitch up there. We made it home on Saturday after three punctures in 400KM!

    1. Yep, we can’t seem to get out of the wind – not sure how it’ll be up the top end. I can’t believe you got 3 punctures in 400km, on tarmac no less! Can’t get much unluckier than that.

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