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Family Fun in Agnes Water

Summer is coming, and with it, school holidays and visits from the family! The coastal lifestyle of Agnes Water and Town 1770 is vibrant and diverse, with so many incredible things to see and do. We’ve discovered some of our favourites that you’ll definitely want to share with your guests!

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Explore Located at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef, Agnes Water and 1770 offer some of the most breathtaking scenery in Australia. Explore some of our gorgeous walking trails, beaches and National parks to enjoy the stunning views and various wild-life we have to offer. For example, discover the pristine beaches, diverse wildlife, and rich cultural history of Eurimbula National Park. You can also immerse yourself in the experience of walking trails like Paperbark Forest Walk, through lush forests and wet-lands, or the beautiful lookouts along Discovery Trail. Walking trails are offered for all types of fitness and mobility levels.

Experience Enjoying an active lifestyle is as easy as getting out of bed in Agnes Water and 1770! From surfing and fishing to kayaking or a round of golf, you’ll find plenty of activities to keep you and the family busy! If you’re not sure where to start, we recommend trying one of the many tours available to ensure you don’t miss out on the best there is to of-fer. Depending on your interests, you can check out everything from land tours to eco boat tours, fishing charters, or even surf or kayak lessons. And don’t forget the golf course and tennis club!

Discover Fun filled family outings are a great way to spend another gorgeous day in paradise! If you’re looking for unique experiences, check out Horizons Kangaroo Sanctuary for a chance to get up close and personal and find out everything you ever wanted to know about these amazing animals. Be sure to call ahead, the sanctuary operates by ap-pointment only. If you have a history buff in the family, make sure to pay a visit to the Agnes Water Museum, where you can learn more about the famous landing by Lt James Cook, along with our other popular displays such as local coral and shells, Indig-enous and Islander artifacts, fossils, and maritime history. For the adults in the group, you won’t want to miss a visit to the 1770 Distillery! All the liqueurs are made with fresh, locally grown ingredients and distilled using hand made copper pot stills.

Of course, Agnes Water and 1770 also offer numerous options for shopping and dining experiences for all ages, including the local Markets at 1770. Regardless of your inter-ests and family dynamic, there is no shortage of fun and engaging activities to enjoy with the family in and around Agnes Water and 1770! The only problem you’ll have is choosing what to do first!

Photo credit @thefam4adventure location Paperbark Forest Boardwalk Agnes Water


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Business is better at The Beach

With technology driving our current business practices, it’s becoming increasingly easier for employees to work from home, or for entrepreneurs to run their business from just about anywhere, even the beach! Several studies show that telecommuters are actually more productive than their counterparts who don’t spend any time working from home. With both convenience and flexibility, these workers tend to be less stressed and often put in more time than they would if they were in the office. Imagine having the freedom to live your best life, choosing affordable housing and coastal living in Agnes Water, without having to worry about commute times to the city!

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Benefits of the telecommute.

  • Health : People who work from home tend to deal with less stress, and maintain a better work/life balance. Working from home also makes it easier to maintain a healthy diet, as well as offering more opportunity to mix up the day and spend less time sitting for long stretches. In your Agnes Water home office, you can break up your work day with strolls along the sand, or maybe take a conference call while watching over your fishing rod. Recent studies show that telecommuting for even part of the time can help to increase job satisfaction and reduce depression.
  • Financial : It’s a given that telecommuting saves money when it comes to gas and travel expenses such as parking. But employees that work from home also save when it comes to other expenses such as eating out, coffee runs, office attire, and wear and tear on your vehicle. As a business owner or entrepreneur, you can save on overhead from running office space, and you also have the advantage of hiring the best possible people for the job, regardless of geography.

With longer and longer commutes causing stress, costing money, and contributing to our environmental woes, it’s no wonder that more and more people are turning to telecommuting options. Mobile phones and the internet make it easy to stay in touch and get the job done. Many employers are getting on board, offering opportunities for their employees to work from home, even if it’s just a couple of days a week, while self-starters and business owners are seeing the obvious advantages of a mobile office that allows them to relax on the beach AND take care of business! Truly the dream we all strive for!


Simplify to a coastal life

Sooner or later, we reach a point when we look around and make decisions about the type of lifestyle we want to live. For some it is downsizing the family home in the same location. For many, it’s selling up and travelling. For an increasing group, it is moving to a coastal location to simplify their life and enjoy long days of brilliant weather.

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A new home in a new location often provides the opportunity to have a complete refresh and a chance to start anew. Shopping for new furniture sounds fun but going through belongings accumulated over a lifetime can be daunting! Here are some tips on how best to handle this process.

PRIORITISE: Before you even begin, make sure that you have a clear idea of what’s most important to you. Remember, “home” isn’t just about the physical space. Decide what it is that makes it “home” for you, and work to keep or incorporate that into your next home. Family photos and a few special momentos can go a long way to creating that feeling of home, no matter where you are.

ORGANISE: As you go through the house, sort your belongings for keep, toss, donate, and pass on to family members. Having others to help with this process can be beneficial, especially when facing the more difficult choices.

FIND YOUR JOY: It may seem corny, but Marie Kondo actually does have it right. Stick with what brings you joy. If your wedding china brings you joy, don’t keep it for ‘special occasions’, use it everyday!

FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE: Simplifying your life has been shown to reduce stress and can free up your time, your space, your energy, and your money for actually living!

ASK FOR HELP: These days there are numerous companies that can help with the process of simplifying your home. Even removalist companies now do this as an add-on service! You can also help yourself with books such as “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo, or one of the many titles by Oprah’s favourite, Peter Walsh.

Living your desired life does take a bit of effort but with planning and the help and support from family and friends, or experts, it doesn’t have to be a painful one. There is so much to be gained from making a move to a desired coastal home such as Agnes Water, and you will definitely appreciate simplifying your surroundings and freeing up both mental and physical space to enjoy this wonderful coastal town.


Winter Home Design Tips

Winter is here, and while Queensland might not reach the same chilly temperatures as down south, Agnes still has its fair share of cooler days and even cooler nights. Smart home design can incorporate features that will take advantage of the daytime sun while keeping you warm and cozy throughout the night. Here are some of our favourite design options for winter living!

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Overall Design If you’re designing and building your own home, there are a few ways to ensure you are taking advantage of both the sun and air flow for maximum comfort, regardless of the season. Smart home plans include building shape and orientation, both of which will factor into ventilation and cross breezes. Having your common living spaces facing north will take advantage of the sun for winter heating, while proper use of eaves, blinds, and ventilation can block the summer heat.

Fire Pits A fire pit can be a warm and cozy landscaping addition in the winter months, allowing you to enjoy the cooler nights in your outdoor living space. There are many decorative patio options available that can add both warmth and ambience. Make sure to follow any safety rules, as well as local fire bylaws.

Louvered Roofing Perfect for the Australian climate, louvered roofs can be adjusted to let in the sunshine, or block the sunshine as needed. These roofs will help you to maximize airflow and ventilation, and you can even block the rain from your outdoor living space, allowing your family to enjoy the outdoor fun even on a rainy day.

Swimming Pool Solar Heating Extend your swimming pool season with this energy efficient and green pool heating solution. Solar pool heating can boost your pool temps by as much as 6 degrees, compared to an unheated pool. Adding this system into your new build can save you money in the long run, and help your family enjoy the pool throughout the year!

Winter in Agnes Water and the Town of 1770 offers moderate temperatures, with daytime highs in the low 20’s, and nighttime lows in the lower teens. You can make the most of these winter months, and your outdoor space, by incorporating some of these design tips into your home. Contact Stockwell to explore our range of residential options and start living your coastal dream now!


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Discover the 1770 Festival

The Town of 1770 is so named for the year Lt James Cook, and the HMB Endeavour sailed into Bustard Bay, and the crew came ashore on a voyage of discovery. To commemorate this historic event, the town holds a festival each year on the weekend closest to 23rd of May. This year will mark the 249th anniversary of Cook’s landing and the 27th annual 1770 Festival.

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Celebrations will be held from May 24-26th, 2019, and will embrace themes of surf, soul, and sound, set in the beautiful paradise of these twin towns.

The festival kicks off on Friday evening with a re-enactment of Cook’s landing. The Town of 1770 was the first Queensland stop for the HMB Endeavour and only the second stop in Australia. The landing party included James Cook, Daniel Solander, and Joseph Banks. With authentic costumes from England, the town strives for historical accuracy as spectators gather to watch and learn about their arrival on our shores. Cook’s Landing Place has a cairn monument commemorating the landing. It stands on the spot where a crew member carved the date in a tree and is one of Queensland’s heritage listed sites.

Saturday brings the annual street parade, with the 2019 version celebrating the theme of Harmony in Paradise. The parade starts at the marina at 9 a.m. and heads to the festival grounds. Participants and their floats compete for the “Best In Parade” trophy with their interpretation of this year’s theme. Spectators can even cast their votes from their phones! Throughout the weekend, families can take part in a fun adventure, discovering history and botany. Just pick up your adventure guide, and follow the clues. Families that complete their guide can enter into a prize draw!

The 1770 Festival is all about entertainment. This year, you can catch live shows from the amazing 19-Twenty band, with their energetic mix of rock, blues, and folk music. If fishing is your thing, be sure to look for Creek to Coast presenters, Scotty Hillier and Olivia Degn, in the Festival’s first ever “Fishing Precinct”, as well as free fishing workshops, and the casting and net throwing competitions. A popular highlight of the weekend is always the fireworks display. This year the show will be sponsored by the Agnes Water Tavern, and can only be described as spectacular!

This year’s festival is excited to include female surfing legend, Layne Beachley, who will be speaking at the surf workshops, and of course, participating in exhibitions. As one of the top female surfers in the world, you won’t want to miss the chance to learn from her! Sunday brings the Festival Fun Run, with three different courses to suit any fitness level. There is a small entry fee, and participants will have a chance at trophies, prizes, and random draws.

But wait, there’s more! Food, music, market stalls, and numerous workshops and demonstrations make the Town of 1770 Festival the perfect family event, whether you’re a local or a visitor to the area. Next year marks the 250th anniversary of Cook’s landing, and with plans already underway for the 2020 Town of 1770 Festival, it promises to be bigger and better than ever! Along with the gorgeous beaches, there are numerous local activities to enjoy. From hiking trails such as Discovery Trail and Red Rock Walking Trail to the Horizons Kangaroo Sanctuary to the local 1770 Distillery, there is something for everyone. For the sports enthusiast, there is the beautiful 1770 Golf Course, Agnes Water Tennis club, and of course, some of the best fishing and diving in Australia! For the adventurous types, there are numerous charters, surf schools, and tours available to book.

If you’re a foodie at heart, Agnes Water will definitely tickle your taste buds! From casual to fine dining, from breakfast to dinner, you can find it all right here. With the beautiful climate, there is lots of opportunity for patio dining, and you can even find vegan and gluten-free options around town. Whether you’re looking for a quiet date night out or a fun family meal, you can find it in Agnes Water.

Agnes Water offers all the advantages of a vacation paradise while giving you the best in small town living. With the area progressing in recent years, locals are also seeing a positive investment in amenities and infrastructure. You can easily access medical and health services, schools, and shopping. The “big city lights” are just a short drive along the coast to either Gladstone or Bundaberg. Affordable housing with a wide range of real estate and design options, along with a low cost of living and a strong sense of community, make Agnes Water the ideal place to settle down. Embrace the lifestyle you’ve always dreamt of!


 
 
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Living The Coastal Dream in Agnes Water

Australians have always had a love affair with the coast. Surrounded by some of the most beautiful waters on the planet, an escape to the coast for some sun, surf, boating, and fishing often tops the list for a holiday getaway. But what if you could actually live there? Discover Agnes Water, a place to call home!

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Located at the southernmost tip of the Great Barrier Reef, Agnes Water offers a coastal paradise that makes it an idyllic place to live. With pristine beaches and an abundance of wildlife, the area is well known for its scenery and outdoor activities. It also has the distinction of being Australia’s first digital currency town, accepting Bitcoin at most businesses, including hotels, restaurants, and tours. This has been a positive move for the already well-known tourist area, attracting global visitors excited to have this option available to them.

There are five beaches in the area, each with their own unique qualities. Agnes Water Beach has a great reputation among surfers of all ages, it’s dog-friendly, and it’s also well known for turtle watching. 1770 Beach is the perfect spot for family time, offering calmer waters that are more suited to swimming, along with picnic tables and BBQs. Workmans Beach has camping, while Springs Beach and Chinamans Beach are more secluded areas to find some surf and sun, near hiking and walking trails.

Along with the gorgeous beaches, there are numerous local activities to enjoy. From hiking trails such as Discovery Trail and Red Rock Walking Trail to the Horizons Kangaroo Sanctuary to the local 1770 Distillery, there is something for everyone. For the sports enthusiast, there is the beautiful 1770 Golf Course, Agnes Water Tennis club, and of course, some of the best fishing and diving in Australia! For the adventurous types, there are numerous charters, surf schools, and tours available to book.

If you’re a foodie at heart, Agnes Water will definitely tickle your taste buds! From casual to fine dining, from breakfast to dinner, you can find it all right here. With the beautiful climate, there is lots of opportunity for patio dining, and you can even find vegan and gluten-free options around town. Whether you’re looking for a quiet date night out or a fun family meal, you can find it in Agnes Water.

Agnes Water offers all the advantages of a vacation paradise while giving you the best in small town living. With the area progressing in recent years, locals are also seeing a positive investment in amenities and infrastructure. You can easily access medical and health services, schools, and shopping. The “big city lights” are just a short drive along the coast to either Gladstone or Bundaberg. Affordable housing with a wide range of real estate and design options, along with a low cost of living and a strong sense of community, make Agnes Water the ideal place to settle down. Embrace the lifestyle you’ve always dreamt of!