A Nomadic Winter

A Nomadic Winter

When the temperature drops below 25 degrees Celsius, it is time for us Queenslanders to break out the winter woolies. This normally consists of wearing socks with thongs, Jeans that have appeared to have “shrunk” since last winter and donning the only jumper that you own.

But as the locals go into hibernation, there appears to be a buzz of activity around our quaint twin towns of Agnes Water and 1770. By buzz we mean more of a hum, a hum of caravans, camper trailers, pop tops, fifth wheelers and motorhomes. In what we’ve previously called the Grey Nomad Migration but now, due to the consistent lack of ‘grey’ we have renamed it the Nomadic Winter.

Camp fire billy tea

Camp fire billy tea, the perfect winter warmer.

So who is visiting?

It is a long-standing Aussie tradition to sell up the family home once the kids have fled the nest and purchase a camper to follow the sun around Australia. This trend started by retirees is now at the top of many multinational ‘must do in Australia’ lists.

Recently we have noticed a great increase of young families boarding the caravan convoy. With the help of online schooling, children can keep up with school curriculum whilst interactively learning about culture, nature and the world. And the best part, parents don’t have to give up their travelling dreams! Check out our friends from Trip in a Van.

We have always had a stream of young overseas backpackers and right now vanning is the ‘thing to do’. Instagram is plastered with images of feet poking out from the back of a van doors overlooking picturesque views. Their typical hi-ace vans are seen decked out to the nines in funky gadgets, dream catchers and interesting paint jobs. With this generation being a lot more clued on at avoiding the school holidays, influenced by cheaper ‘low season rates’ and seeking the perfect insta shot. This demographic also ends up joining in with the Nomadic Winter.

Trip in a Van family

Trip in a Van family


Why are they visiting 1770 and Agnes Water?

There is truly something special about winter in Agnes Water and 1770. The water although a bit cooler is as clear as glass and perfectly calm, the sun seems to shine brighter, and grey days seem few and far between. A cool breeze prevents overheating during the day and aids cozy evenings by the campfire.

The obvious lack of crowds and commercial build up is a much sought after experience for all. With Agnes Water and 1770 located 45 minutes from the main highway it is easily missed or deemed as too far out of the way to visit. During summer holidays we see the returning Australian families for their annual holiday but for the rest of the year we stay as a hidden gem.

Seagoing adventures are a highlight and Round Hill Creek which laps the shores of 1770 is an idyllic boating haven. Guests visiting the Bustard Head Lightstation onboard our Paradise Tour are treated to a seemingly endless 360 degree view atop of the lighthouse tower. Trips to Lady Musgrave Island are interrupted by aerial displays from passing humpback whales on their yearly migration.

But nothing can beat our winter sunsets. Whether aboard a LARC! Afternoon Cruise, joining the kayak sunset tour or standing at the top of 1770 headland, watching the winter sunset over Bustard Bay is the most magical scene that no photograph could ever fully portray.

1770 Winter sunset captured by Julie Mergard

Where is everyone?

Spread out through the area to avoid crowding is a plethora of Caravan Parks and camping grounds. Each one with it’s own special charm and a range of facilities to meet any needs.

Close but hidden is Captain Cook Holiday Village. Bordering 1770 and Agnes Water all you can see from the road is the entrance to the park. All sites are dotted amongst the seaside trees and the park has its own private beach access. The perfect place to feel hidden away but also never too far from the township if needed.

Agnes Water Beach Holidays is the perfectly placed holiday park located right on Agnes Water main beach front. The beach is right at your doorstep and is patrolled year-round. They have a huge range of sites and accommodation options to choose from and an onsite café if you’re not one for cooking over the campfire.

For the keen boater, SUP boarder and fisherman/woman, 1770 Campground is a must stay. This popular campground is nestled in the lee of the Town of 1770. A waterfront location where you can anchor your dinghy right in front of your caravan. Protected from the trade winds and one of the best spots to watch the sunset.

If you are travelling with your furry family members, check out Reef Caravan Park. A short distance out of Agnes Water and hidden in a country setting. Where the chorus of birds will ease you from slumber and wallabies will greet you for breakfast. Fully pet friendly also with a pet daycare option if you want to explore and not worry about fluffy.

Off the Beaten Track

If you prefer more off the beaten track then you will have to visit Workman’s Camping Area, offering secluded beach access and close by walking tracks to endless adventure. Or for the avid four-wheel driver check out the camping areas located in the surrounding National Parks for an experience you won’t forget.

Deepwater National Park 

Eurimbula National Park 


It doesn’t matter if you are in this year’s top end Winnebago, the retro family tow behind or your own creative mobile accommodation; if you are travelling with your spouse, young family or your beloved pet; if you are 18, 35 or 80 years old – 1770 LARC! Tours, Agnes Water and the Town of 1770 is here waiting to share the charm of a Nomadic Winter with you!

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