1770 Festival in 2021
The 1770 Festival is an annual commemorative event held in 1770, Queensland (the “only number on the map in Australia”) around the historic date of 24 May 1770. 250+1 years ago, Lt (later Captain) James Cook and his crew of the Bark ‘Endeavour’ landed on the East Coast shore at the point now named 1770, experiencing their first Encounters in Country with the local Gooreng Gooreng people before sailing away on further historic global explorations.
Every May, locals and visitors reflect on Cook’s legacy of exploration; his incredible cartography skills and documented observations of Country and First Peoples. Traditional custodians the Gooreng Gooreng have participated, performed and shared their culture with Festival attendees since the 1770 Festival’s inception in 1992, which has become a collaborative platform increasing the involvement of the traditional custodians and promoting global cultural unity while celebrating historic local “Encounters in Country” together.
The picturesque coastal community of Agnes Water & Town of 1770, gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef, is getting ready to fire up again this May into a colourful kaleidoscope, showcasing the incredible range of activities and attractions to be experienced in this stunning coastal location.
For the 28th year, the picturesque coastal community of Agnes Water & Town of 1770 invites you to join them in paradise to commemorate the date when the first Europeans set foot on this land and encountered the Gooreng Gooreng people for the first time. There’ll be tons of fun for the whole family, with plenty to see and do to suit all ages, tastes and budgets. The local community has combined a vibrant variety of events to showcase the range of attractions to be experienced in 1770 and Agnes Water. Throughout the month of May, there will be activities, experiences and adventures to engage every visitor to the area, with the main celebrations happening across the weekend of 21-23 May.
Be sure to mark the date in your diary and follow us for the latest updates on Facebook.
To be involved in the 1770 Festival in 2021 you can register to volunteer HERE
21 - 23 May - Annual Festival Weekend
Cook's Landing Re-enactment
Gooreng.Gooreng "Always was, always will be"
Kids Lantern Parade
Fun Run Race
The Grand Finale
This year kindly funded by the Agnes Water Tavern.