sandcastles 1770 motel & resort location

The Gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef

Located between two coastal national parks, we are a small community with isolated surf locations and stunning secluded beaches.

Sandcastles 1770 Motel and Resorts is the perfect holiday destination for a romantic getaway, school holiday & family vacation or a stopover on your East coast travels. We also cater for long term Beach Home holidays, Weddings and Corporate events.

Whether walking from your room to the pristine beaches via direct access or taking a short stroll to the local shopping precinct or dining and socialising in the onsite restaurant – Drift & Wood Bistro & Bar – Sandcastles 1770 Motel and Resorts provides everything you could desire.


Uncover the treasure that Lieutenant James Cook beheld in 1770 when he first stepped foot on Queensland sand.

Aptly named Town of 1770 and Agnes Water captivate visitors with their pristine beaches, access to the Southern Great Barrier Reef, 4WD tracks and trails through coastal palm forests, laid back surf culture and idyllic regional charm. Bush to beach, beach to reef – the Discovery Coast epitomizes and celebrates everything that an Australian holiday should be.

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  • 1770 LARC! Tour
  • Lady Elliot Island 
  • Lady Musgrave Island & Reef Tour
  • Golf Course & Driving Range
  • Learn to Surf School
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding
  • Kayak Tours
  • Fishing Charters
  • Lawn Bowls
  • Liquor Distillery
  • Bush walks
  • Massages, facials and alternative therapies

How to Get here


From Brisbane Airport there are several flights daily to Gladstone and Bundaberg, both of which are situated about one and a half hour’s drive north and south of Agnes Water and 1770.
(QANTAS: 13 13 13   VIRGIN: 13 67 89)
Hire cars are available at both airports and it is possible to fly into one and fly out of the other. Another option is to fly to Hervey Bay, the gateway to Fraser Island, and continue your journey up to Agnes Water by hire car or Greyhound Bus (13 14 99)


Travelling from Brisbane along the Bruce Highway there are several stop overs you can make.  The Ginger Factory at Yandina, just north of Nambour, has a lovely Café as well as a great shop selling ginger products and stylish souvenirs and is only a couple of hours north of Brisbane. A little further on is  Eumundi,  a quaint hinterland town, which is famous for its Markets held on Saturdays and Wednesdays. Both towns are only a couple of minutes off the highway.
Further north is Maryborough, a town full of history, a stopover in the Wharf St. precinct is well worth the detour.  Otherwise Sexie Coffee, on the highway just on the northside of Maryborough makes for a good stopover.
Then on through Childers which has the Childers Art Space, and onto Appletree Creek which is where you leave the Bruce Highway and take the exit for Bundaberg and drive through the rolling hills of macadamia and sugar farms.
From Bundaberg the drive to 1770 is about 90 minutes.
If travelling from the North, continue onto Miriamvale and take the exit to Agnes Water which is then about a 40 minute drive.


The closest train station is Miriamvale, with services from the north and the south. We can organise a shuttle bus to transport you from the station to Sandcastles 1770.
Queensland Rail Travel: 1800 872 467