WHERE TO STAY:
Workman’s Beach camping area is perfect if you can get in, as it’s really popular and doesn’t take bookings. It’s set in bushland, with beautiful individual sites that have been shaped with native planting. It’s just a short walk from Agnes Water and a few 100m downhill to the beach.
There are 3 other campsites in the area, some with absolute beachfront to watch the stunning sunsets over the ocean.
Pop into the tourist information and pick up the walking trail map, they are mainly short and all beautiful. The descriptions for each of them can be found by clicking on this link. The whole area is full of history and you get to read about it on the information boards along the walks. We were here on the 24th May which was the same date Captain Cook landed in 1770 and this time of year the butterflies are amazing.
- Butterfly walk 2.2km return
- Headland Loop
- Red Rock 8km return
- Discovery Trail
- Paperbark 400m loop
From Workman’s Beach campsite there is a great bike track through the trees (part of the discovery trail) to the visitor centre, and then from there a great protected cycle path which abruptly ends about 1/2km out of 1770. From here you have to cycle on the road until you pick up the path again.
We also had great fun exploring the paths in the bush around Chinaman’s Beach, they are a little sandy for riding on, but good fun.
WHERE TO EAT:
The pick of the cafes for us was the Getaway Garden Cafe set in beautiful gardens. They do a Wednesday and Sunday night evening special too and have the best and fastest free WiFi in town. The Beachcombers Family Bistro 1770 also has a great vibe down on the beach and we had lunch here for Richard’s birthday while out on the bikes. We also loved SOL Foods.
Also in the area there are reef and surf opportunities. Our friend Jess raved about this area for the surf.