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Agnes Water & Town of 1770 - Seventeen Seventy
Back in the May of 1770, the famous explorer Captain James Cook landed in beautiful Bustard Bay, and you can just hear him proclaim to his men, as he stood there on the beach "What a brilliant discovery this little paradise is, there looks to be so many wonderful adventures to enjoy here, that it's going to be hard to up anchor and leave" And he's not far wrong there... Visit Agnes Waters & Seventeen Seventy for more information

Rockhampton is the commercial and administrative headquarters of the state's central region and the beef capital of Australia. Statues of Santa Gertrudes, Brahman and Braford bulls on the Bruce Hwy at the entrance and exit to town are reminders of Rockhampton's main industry.

Rockhampton is located inland on the Fitzroy River and has more than 50 buildings classified by the National Trust lining the streets which come to life in summer with the mauve blossoms of hundreds of Bauhinia trees. Heritage Drive or, for the more energetic, the Heritage Walk take in the grand old architecture which have been lovingly preserved and restored. The towns botanic gardens have been lauded for containing some of the most extensive examples of indigenous flora and fauna in Australia.

The Fitzroy is a favorite for many water activities including water skiing, boating, fishing or holidaying on a houseboat and some excellent bushwalking tracks lead to the Mount Archer Lookout with stunning views over Rockhampton

This pretty resort town is the main town on the coast of the Capricorn region. Enveloped by hills and with streets lined pines and palms, the town is a great base to explore the coastal wonders.

Close by are the tiny holiday resorts of Cooee Bay, Mulambin and Causeway with quiet tree-lined beaches and Byfield State Forest (see national parks) with excellent examples of Australian flora and Fauna including the rare Byfield Fern. Rosslyn Bay Boat Harbour is hopping-off point for Keppel bunker group of islands and the Great Barrier Reef.

Emerald is located 263km west of Rockhampton and is the hub of the central highlands. The largest sapphire fields in the country are found in this area and fossicking licences are available. The town has a splendid railway station which is adorned with lace and iron columns and a headstone near Lake Maraboon marks the mass grave of 19 white settlers killed by aboriginals in 1961 at Cullin-La-Ringo station. The area is now irrigated by the lake which is the largest in Queensland.

Photo courtesy of Tourism Qld

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