Explore the Southern Great Barrier Reef
There’s so much to do and so many beautiful places to explore in our little corner of paradise that we’ve narrowed down some of our top picks.
Whatever you’re looking for on your holiday, we’re happy to help with suggestions and arrangements, so come talk to us at reception or in the café for advice on how to make the most of your time on the Discovery Coast.
Exploring the beaches
From your villa’s doorstep, the beautiful stretch of Chinaman’s Beach is just a five minute (400m) walk along a sandy path that winds through native tropical forest. Just north of this white sand surf beach is a sheltered cove protected by the rocky outcrop of Fence Point. This secluded spot gets lovely soft shade in the mornings and afternoon, so it’s perfect for a picnic or playing in the gentle waves.
For the more intrepid, we recommend the walk between Spring’s Beach and Red Rock. As you follow the marked path from the Spring’s Beach access point you’ll take in pristine white sandy beaches, stunning headlands, and sea views you’ll remember for many years to come.
If you love to swim the Agnes Water Patrolled Beach is the one for you. Just a short drive into town from our Getaway, the Agnes Water beach actually stretches for 5.5km all the way to Round Hill Head, so there’s plenty of room to splash around.
For couples in the mood for a private moment or families looking to play a game of Robinson Crusoe,we recommend checking out Honeymoon Beach; a quiet cove carved into the headland at Round Hill. The track to the beach leads down from the big Anchor monument by the Round Hill Head upper parking lot. Follow the white shell paved pathway. Once on the beach, you’ll find a roughly built castaway hut and most likely, nothing (or no one) else.
Kayaking with 1770 Liquid Adventures
Give yourself the best chance to see pelicans, turtles, soldier crabs, dolphins, and rays with a paddle around the calm waters in the mouth of Round Hill Creek. If you sign on for a sunset tour you get the added bonus of being positioned on one of the only spots on the East Coast of Australia where you get to watch the sun dip behind a watery horizon. Magic.
The Lady Musgrave Island Great Barrier Reef Cruise
The Lady Musgrave cruise takes passengers daily from 1770 out to the Great Barrier Reef for snorkeling, exploring the unique coral fringed lagoon around Lady Musgrave Island, lunching, and whale watching if you’re lucky!
A LARC tour
Hop aboard the pink LARC vessel (a repurposed, amphibious military vehicle) for a lunch, sunset or full day tour exploring the Discovery Coast from the water. Just remember to keep your eyes out for dolphins!
Whether you’re bobbing in a tinny on one of our estuaries, casting off from a beach or looking for something a little more – deep sea the fishing around our Getaway is second to none. Just ask at the café for Michael he’ll be happy to share his best spots for bringing in your catch of the day.
Red Rock Trail
Whether it’s the Cook Monument walk, Red Rock Trail, the Paperbark walk or just a stroll on the beach, you’ll have a wonderful time taking in the sights that our little of corner of paradise has to offer.