This was the last day of our camping trip and we planned to walk the Round Hill Creek track, look at a few more of the sights, and the beach views of Seventeen Seventy.
It was time to pack up the camper trailer, load up the car, the kids, and head off for the final part of our trip away.
We left the camper trailer outside the camping ground under a tree and just used the car for the morning.
The lovely people at the Captain Cook Holiday Village had no problem with us leaving the camper there and also said they would keep an eye on it just incase someone saw the opportunity to back up and head off with it.
We had decided to see a bit of history today and do the longer walk from bottom car park through to the Bustard Bay lookout which is at the top of the Round Hill Headland.
The Bustard Bay lookout is in the Joseph Banks Conservation Park, which is located at the top tip of Seventeen Seventy at the end of Endeavour Road.
This would of meant we would of walked past the Captain Cook Monument and seen it again on the way through.
We had so much fun down on the beach on the first day that we hadn’t thought about the historic relevance of Seventy Seventy much until we went for a drive and spotted the Captain Cook Monument.
This got us to thinking when were we going to fit in the walk to the lookout and the other places?
The only time we could fit it in was on our day of leaving Seventeen Seventy.
The Captain Cook Monument 1770 is a cairn type monument.
Cairn monuments are human made piles of stones and generally are used as markers all around the world.
The Captain Cook Monument commemorates the first landing of Captain Cook and crew in Queensland.
They sailed the Endeavour into the area, anchored about 2 miles off shore, and on Wednesday the 24th May in 1770, they came ashore.
The Captain Cook Monument stands where one of his crew carved the date on a tree when they came ashore.
While Cook was ashore they saw a species of bustard bird, they shot one and ate it.
It was the best bird they had eaten since leaving England and so, they named the inlet Bustard Bay.
Getting back on track, we couldn’t find a car park at all along Captain Cook Drive, so we just drove straight up to the car park at Round Hill Headland.
The day was so beautiful that there were so many people out enjoying Seventeen Seventy that car parks were few and fair between.
These photos above and below are the views that greet you pretty much as soon as you get out of your car.
There is a small beach just down from the car park where people were playing cricket and enjoying the sand.
There is a short walk to the Wave lookout to over this beach so you can take some photos.
This photo below is your view from Wave lookout.
Then after walking to the Wave Lookout you can take the slightly longer walk up to the Bustard Bay lookout.
The walk isn’t too long, but is is uphill and winding, and rocky at times too.
So if your fitness isn’t up to par or if you have a dickie knee or hip you may want to take it slowly or get your partner to piggy you up there.
We took the kids up there and they walked up, so it wasn’t too bad.
Once you get to the Bustard Bay lookout you can look both ways over the Round Hill Headland.
The photo above is looking out the Seventeen Seventy way out to Erimbula National Park.
Below is a Youtube Video I took of the view from the Bustard Bay lookout.
It gives you the whole panoramic view from left to right.
After the Bustard Bay lookout we headed back to the car and said goodbye to Round Hill.
It was just after lunch and it was starting to get pretty hot too.
As you can see below, you can do short or long walks through Round Hill, and they are at Grade 3 Walking Track Standard.
There are a few to choose from.
That was the end of our morning and we certainly took in some views while getting some fresh air and exercise too.
So we headed back to Captain Cook Holiday Village to load up the Jayco Hawk onto the back of the car, and it was time to hit the road back home.
So that was the end of our trip out to Seventeen Seventy, or 1770 if you call it that.
We certainly had a good time away and it is always good fun visiting places we haven’t been before.
So thanks for the hospitality Seventeen Seventy, and thanks for the trip out to the reef too, see you again soon!
If you want to see what we got up to on our camping trip to Seventeen Seventy you can here, Holiday in 1770.
Also keep an eye out for the next trip too as we are off again very soon to explore a bit more of Queensland.