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Travel with Jaide on Her Crypto Challenge to Australia's First Digital Currency Town

At the start of the year, Jaide Barclay, a freelance blogger, set out on an ambitious journey. Travel across 7 countries and 16 cities, using only cryptocurrency. As part of her 12 Week Crypto Challenge, one of the cities she visited was Australia’s first digital currency town; 1770.

“It was so easy to survive on crypto in 1770! All the shops had their bitcoin stickers up & knew how to use their iPads. It was super easy.” - Jaide on the crypto-friendly 1770.

Whether it was having a morning breakfast at Cafe Discovery or paddle boarding with dogs, she paid for the entire journey in bitcoin through the lightning network.

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Welcome to Australia’s First Digital-Currency Town!

Despite being a quiet little beach town, you will never run out of things to do. 1770 offers Queensland’s most scenic views with a wide range of activities, appeasing your adventurous and mellow side. Experience the once-in-a-lifetime scuba dive in the Southern Great Barrier Reef, or take a solo scooter drive through the 1770 hills along the sunset. Plan your holiday with bitcoin to unwind in the serene town of Agnes Water and 1770.

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Scuba Dive in the Southern Great Barrier Reef

Agnes Water and 1770 are the starting points to explore the world’s largest coral reef. They are located close to the picturesque Lady Elliot Island and Lady Musgrave Island. While there are many ways to enjoy the views of the colourful seabed, scuba diving is an experience that almost makes you feel like a part of the exotic marine life.

“The colours were absolutely amazing. We got to see turtles, fish, dolphins, sea slugs, mantarays & a shark!” - Jaide Barclay on her experience snorkeling in the Lady Musgrave Island.

If you’re travelling from Brisbane, book a flight to Bundaberg, Gladstone, or Rockhampton with crypto. From there, you can take a drive to Agnes Water and 1770. Lady Musgrave Cruises also offers day trips from the Town of 1770 to the island in cryptocurrency.

So, pack your scuba gear and dive into one of Seven Wonders of the world!

1770 Festival / Visit Gladstone

The 1770 Festival is a 3-day celebration that includes the Festival Street Parade, weekend markets, and live music. The theme of the festival for 2019 is ‘Experiences in Paradise’, with the highlights being a re-enactment of Lt Cook and his crew coming ashore and a grand display of fireworks. Besides the festival, you can also explore the relaxing town of Gladstone. (P.S. only a few hours from the scenic Heron Island!)

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Visit Heron Island, located few hours from Gladstone

Plan your family weekend-getaway and book your flight to Gladstone with us!

Visit the Bundaberg Rum Distillery

If you have time to spare and you’re a fan of great rum, don’t miss visiting Australia’s award-winning, iconic rum distillery. The Bundaberg Rum Distillery offers three unique visitor experiences: The Museum Experience, The Distillery Experience, and the Blend Your Own Rum Experience. Go on an educational, self-guided tour around the museum to learn more about the rich history of Australian rum. If you’re the curious kind, opt for the Distillery Experience which is inclusive of the museum tour and offers a guided tour of the distillery as well. For the passionate rum drinkers, pick the third, more exclusive option. Learn to craft your own rum and leave with two personalized bottles of your own blend!

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Plan your trip to Bundaberg and get a taste of Australia’s finest bevvy!

Witness the Turtles Hatching Season at Mon Repos

For all the nature lovers, Turtle Hatching Season is one of the closest and most beautiful wildlife encounters you can have experience. Watch baby turtles emerge from their nest as they make their way into the ocean. Some of the most popular turtle-hatching spots include the isolated regions of the Capricorn Coast, and Lady Musgrave, Lady Elliot, Heron, and Great Keppel Island. It may be a good idea to book your accommodation for the night at any of the islands. The turtles are on their own time and can arrive at any point during the night!

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Turtle Hatching Season at Mon Repos, Bundaberg

Since turtle-hatching seasons lasts from November to March, plan your trip in advance and book your flight to Gladstone or Bundaberg.

Planning a quiet weekend getaway in the crypto-friendly town? Get in touch with our experts to learn more!


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