I loved 1770!!
I think i already mentioned that is was named after the fact that it was the first place captain Cook ported at in Queensland (and 2nd place in Australia) in the year of 1770.
1770 appears to be a place that most people miss out. We were going to miss it out ourselves in fact but i am so glad we didn't as it was a very welcome break between Fraser Island and Whitsundays Sailing tour.
The hostel we stayed at was called Cool Banana's (i definately recommend it!), it was extrememly chilled out and had a big outdoor garden reminiscent of hostels in Thailand. Especially as it had sheets up above the tables, hommocks, candles and even the small of incense carressing your nostrels! The first night we got there we sat around a table listening to the sounds of morcheeba and basically just really chilling out.
The following morning we were taken on a tour of 1770. It is very small but also very pretty, there is obviously a very simple way of life here with no crime apparently, plus the views are spectacular! In fact an example of how spectacular the views are is demonstrated in the fact that a falling apart 1 room bungalow we were shown with a portaloo outside was worth 2.5 million dollors!! In fact the portaloo itself was worth 1 million!! Can u believe it!? See Dad it's all about location!!!
This particular bungalow happened to be built on the top of the cliff overlooking the ocean and the beach. The owners knew property developers would pay thru their teeth for that kind of location so they are able to grossly inflate their prices.
Later that day we did something even cooler....in fact i bet u won't believe me....We went on a tour on choppers! And we drove!! Yeah i know this place really wasn't very strict on anything, Anne and Jess don't even have have driving lisences yet they were allowed to drive, in fact i reckon they were the best on their choppers out of all of us!!!
I was absolutley petrified and had to sing songs from the sound of music to myself while i drove to keep myself calm! No one warns u how hard it is to turn and i sware my chopper had a mind of its own...everytime i saw a car i seemed to head towards it!!! Probably not the best idea!
But i did get the hang of it eventally, after the first hour or so, and I really started to enjoy myself (although i was still praying to the Gods everytime a car wnt past!). We even saw wild Kangaroo's, we actually had to stop for them as they bounded across the road!! Sweet!! We then all stopped at the beach and sat on the rocks and had a drink and some p'tato wedges and watched the sunset before riding back.
Our tour guide Rod says we are now all part of the biker Gang 'SkooterRoo'! Which means i'm practically a Hells Angel!! LOL.
Back at the hostel a guy came round and gave us all free face mud masks (even the boys in the hostel got involved) we looked like a hostel full of Caspers!
The next day was spent hanging around, sorting out washing etc as the weather wasn't that good and we had a Greyhound to catch that night to Airlie Beach. It took us 11 hours (but at least i had two seats to myself) but now that were here we can't even check in till 11am (we arrived a 6.30am) and there isn't even a tv room in this hostel so we r jus trying to kill time before we can go back to bed!!