This is a panorama taken after sunset at a little village on the Discovery Coast of Queensland, called Seventeen Seventy (yes, that's the town's name, I promise. More on that shortly...). This quiet town is just over an hour’s drive north of Bundaberg but comes alive at certain times of the year, including around Easter when I was visiting.
You know what else comes alive? At sunset? Sandflies! It was a gorgeously serene scene – apart from the sound of me slapping my skin as the sandflies landed! Small price to pay to catch this shot, though.
As the light was getting low at this time of the day, each frame for the panorama comprised three bracketed shots merged together. The resulting frames were subsequently stitched together to create the panorama.
Seventeen Seventy's name derives from the second landing of James Cook and the crew of HM Bark Endeavour in 1770. It was only recently given this name in 1970 to commemorate the bicentennial of the landing, and was formerly known as Round Hill. If you plan your trip in May, you can watch a re-enactment of the landing.
Seventeen Seventy is a great place to explore with plenty of walking tracks, fishing in abundance and, one of my favourite things to do, a visit to Lady Musgrave Island is a must. There’s a charter boat that will take you out to a pontoon near the island where you can snorkel away all day. And trust me, you may not want to get out of the water as it’s clear and the snorkel area is pretty much an aquarium. I lost count of the number of turtles I saw when I visited a couple of years ago – one was very curious and swam around with me. Heaven! You may also be able to take a guided walk on the island, jump on the semi-submersible glass-bottomed boat or just laze around on the boat deck, all of which are lovely. There are just so many amazing, pretty scenes to take in.
Think this would look great on your wall? Check out the printing options in the Coast Scenes Gallery.
For information on cruising to Lady Musgrave Island from Seventeen Seventy, check out Lady Musgrave Cruises.