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Agnes Water

Bush Beach & Surf

semi-overcast 29 °C

A 5:30am departure from Airlie Beach began the long 10 hour drive to Agnes Water with a quick stop in Rockhampton for lunch. The Bruce Highway along this stretch was in poor condition with lots of delays for road works. We chose to stay at the Workmans Beach Campground in Agnes Water and what a good choice it was. The campground has around 30 sites set out in a bush setting right above Workmans Beach where you can swim or fish from the beach or rocks. There are flushing toilets, drinking water and a cold water outdoor shower, the campground is well maintained by the friendly rangers who collect the $9 each per night to stay here.

Agnes Water is the furthest place north where there is surf, above here the Great Barrier Reef blocks any swell from reaching the mainland. So I was very keen to get back on the board after 6 months of no surf. Unfortunately there was very little swell around while we were here but I did manage a surf in some small onshore waves at the main beach. The town of 1770 is just 6km down the road and we visited there one morning to check out the lovely little town and do some of the walks. Sadly a local fishing boat was recently lost at sea and later found washed up here with all but one of the five on board losing their lives. At the car park up at the headland locals have left tributes to the fisherman on a fallen tree. The tracks around the headland gave good views of the coast and the calm protected harbour with lots of yachts moored in its shelter.

There are plenty of walks you can do around Agnes Water with the best one being the Red Rock Trail which begins at Springs Beach and follows the coast around to Red Rock. The walk is 6km return and varies between walking along the beach and climbing up and around the headlands, giving great views along the coast. The beaches along the walk are breeding areas for green turtles and we came across a few nests that had been marked with tags and turtle tracks leading up to the nests. The end of the track is not well signed and we kept walking for another kilometre along a long steep beach to the next headland before realising we had gone past the end of the track. However we were thankful we did as not far from the end of the beach we came across a large green turtle which had just laid its eggs and was finishing covering them in sand. We watched in awe as she finished burying the eggs and then slowly made her way back down the beach and into the ocean. This was a very special experience and made the extra 2km of walking totally worthwhile.

We really loved Agnes Waters and the nearby 1770, both lovely beach side towns without the hustle and bustle of other coastal towns, definitely a place to return to in the future.

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Posted by OzJourney 23:21 Archived in Australia

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