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Welcome to the Gladstone Region 1770 Festival

In it’s 27th year, the Gladstone Region 1770 Festival revolves around Surf, Soul & Sound experiences. There are new additions that are bound to wet your appetite – from the Surf Workshop and Fishing Precinct, to the Soul Garden; plus the old favourites including the annual street parade with this year’s theme all about Harmony in our Paradise. We think the twin towns of Agnes Water & 1770 as Paradise and hope whether you are a local resident or visitor,  you enjoy many days of great experiences with us.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_section][vc_row el_id=”festival”][vc_column][vc_column_text el_id=”festival”]

1770 Festival Program and Shuttle Bus Times


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24 May – Cook’s Landing Re-enactment

The 1770 Festival presents a live re-enactment of Cook’s landing on Friday 24 May 2019 at Air Sea Rescue Park on the 1770 Foreshore. The event commences at 4pm with performance time to be confirmed closer to the date. The re-enactment is historically accurate with the cast in authentic costumes made in England.  Witness James Cook, Daniel Solander, Joseph Banks and crew row ashore and land on the beach of 1770.  Their visit may have been short, but you will be interested to see and listen to what they saw and heard on this scientific voyage. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id=”surfworkshop”][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”5911″ img_size=”large” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]

Surf Legend Layne Beachley AO to star at Surf Workshop

The 1770 Festival in 2019 is a “Festival of Legends,” and none other than the biggest female surfing legend in Australia, Layne Beachley, will be the headliner, speaking on both days at the Surf Workshop, as well as participating in surfing exhibitions. Layne, one of the most successful female surfers of all time, is recognised for her services to charity, and as a mentor for women in sport.

Surf Workshop

Held on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May, the workshop is repeated each day to ensure as many people as possible can attend. Each day the Surf Workshop presents professional speakers and instructors in yoga, health & nutrition as well as presentations from Surfing Australia’s High Performance Centre and Surf Lakes (Australia’s first surfing wave pool) and of course, Layne Beachley. Surf Workshop Program Saturday 25 May 10:30am     Yoga Info Practice Session with Kenton Turner 11:30am     Surf Legend Layne Beachley AO 12:45pm     Nutrition & Well being with Sophie Peters 1:40pm       High Performance Surf Coaching with Linton Fafie 2:35pm       Legend Surfboard Shaper – Ross Wilson 3:15pm       Surf Lakes

Sunday 26 May

10:00am     High Performance Surf Coaching with Linton Fafie

11:00am     Yoga Info Practice Session with Kenton Turner 12:00pm     Nutrition & Well being with Sophie Peters 1:00pm       Legend Surfboard Shaper – Ross Wilson 2:00pm       Surf Lakes 3:00pm       Surf Legend Layne Beachley AO Surf Workshop tickets are NOW on sale. WSL Masters World Champion 2018: Layne Beachley (photo credit WSL)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id=”fishing”][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”5985″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]

Scotty Hillier and Olivia Degn to star at Fishing Precinct

We are excited to have Creek to Coast presenters, Scott Hillier and Olivia Degn staring to the 1770 Festival’s first ever ‘Fishing Precinct.”  Scott has been part of Creek to Coast for the past 10 years, primarily as host of the show and can’t wait to share some of his stories from his travels.  While Olivia is fairly new to Creek to Coast, she has a background in Marine Biology and is looking forward to sharing her knowledge.  A welcome addition to the 1770 Festival, Scott and Olivia will soon have you hooked on the outdoors and fishing. A fishing precinct isn’t complete without a display of boats, fishing gear, maps, reels and rods, and you’ll get professional advice on anything above and below the water.

Fishing Precinct Workshops

There are free Fishing Precinct Workshops being held on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May.  The workshops are repeated at different times over two days to ensure as many people as possible can attend.  Each day the workshops present professional advice in rod making and repairs; rod, reel and tackle choices; casting tips; knots; knowing your zones; as well as presentations from Scotty and Olivia. Let’s not forget the casting and cast net throwing competitions – fun for all ages! Whether you’re an avid fisherman or a novice, there will be something for you at the 1770 Festival’s Fishing Precinct.   [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id=”motocross”][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”6071″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]

WideBay FMX freestyle motocross

Prepare to be wow-ed as Freestyle Motocross champion, Tim Egan performs on Saturday and Sunday at the festival.  Tim and some of Australia’s top up ‘n’ coming local FMX athletes will demonstrate their skills in front of our 1770 Festival crowd, 3 times a day and they’ll still have time to chat with their fans, sign autographs and maybe a selfie or two.  Make sure you are there to see Tim’s biggest trick of the day – the ‘back flip’.   Your 1770 Festival entry ticket is all you need to view this spectacle. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id=”parade”][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”6052″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]

‘Harmony in our Paradise’ Street Parade

The 27th Annual 1770 Festival Street Parade is held on Saturday 25 May 2019.  The parade departs from the 1770 Marina at 9am and travels towards the 1770 SES Festival Grounds. It is a time where individuals, community groups and businesses come together and provide colour, s0pectacle, laughts and enjoyment through their interpretation of “Harmony in our Paradise” with their eyes on the ‘best in parade’ trophy. Spectactors can line the new footpath to cheer on the entrants and also vote for their favourite float on their smart phone.  After the Parade is complete the ‘Best in Parade’ trophy is presented on the 1770 Festival Main Stage. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id=”family”][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”6010″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]

The Great Family Fun Adventure

Proudly supported by Agnes Water Beach Holidays, the Great Family Fun Adventure is an adventure the whole family can enjoy while travelling around the festival grounds and learning about history, botany, and flora as you progress through the story. This is not a competition to see who comes first, so take your time and enjoy. Get it all right, and your entry will go in the draw for a reward the entire family can enjoy. The Adventure starts with an Adventure guide that will have you exploring history, flora, and fauna just like Lt. James Cook, Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander did when they came ashore in 1770. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id=”entertainment”][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”6050″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]

Live Entertainment

Back by Popular Demand … 19 TWENTY  19-Twenty have been blazing throughout Europe and Australia and gaining new music fans/fiends from their live shows.  This energetic and awesome band will perform TWO live shows during the 1770 Festival. 19twentymusic.com

What a line up we have!!!

Saturday line up includes: 19 Twenty Pop Standen Ben Barker Matthew Knight Beautifully Broken Gladstone Thistle Pipe Band Hayden Hack Rustic Roots Trio AWSUM Ukulele Sunday line-up includes: 19 Twenty The Short Fall Kissing The Flint[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id=”fireworks”][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”6013″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]

Agnes Water Tavern Spectacular Fireworks

One of the many highlights at the 1770 Festival is the annual fireworks spectacular – this year, proudly sponsored by the Agnes Water Tavern.  This is the only fireworks show in our twin towns of Agnes Water & 1770, and is a  ‘first’ fireworks experience for most of our local children.  Imagine a perfectly clear sky full of stars and then an explosion of sound and light as the fireworks spectacular commences, prompted by the MC countdown. Following the Kid’s Lantern Parade, the Agnes Water Tavern Spectacular Fireworks display commences at 7pm on Saturday 25 May.

Not to be missed!

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1770 Festival Fun Run!

Sunday 26 May 2019

7:30am check in at 1770 SES Grounds

Total Cash Prize Pool: $1770

The 1770 Festival Fun Run features:
  • 7.7 km long course for the more experienced runners, which includes a section on the beautiful Agnes Water Beach;
  • 4.8 km intermediate course – no sand here!
  • 1770 m short course more suitable for walkers, prams, and children under 10 years of age.

Put the ‘Fun’ in the Run by dressing up for your chance to win a prize for best crazy costume!

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