It's an odd name for a town, but then Australia has a lot of unusual-sounding place names (see: Wagga Wagga, Bong Bong, or Humpybong). It's sometimes listed officially as "Seventeen Seventy." Locals often write it as "1770", which gives a better hint as to the history behind the strange name.
Ever fancied a pre-breakfast swim with turtles and manta rays? If you've ever had a hankering to get up close and personal with Australia's extraordinary Great Barrier Reef, there aren't many better ways than a trip to Lady Elliot Island Resort.
Known to the locals as "Straddie," North Stradbroke Island near Brisbane separates southern Moreton Bay from the Pacific Ocean. With miles of spectacular ocean beaches and an abundance of local marine life such as whales, sharks, turtles, and dolphins, it's a popular summer holiday destination.
The Towamba Valley is nestled between state forests and national parks and yet still only half an hour to the stunning Sapphire Coast, at that. Adding to the charm is that it's just not that easy to get to. And that's just the way the locals like it.