Travellers who regard Miriam Vale as little more than a signpost to the picturesque estuarine town of 1770 are denying themselves one of the great culinary treats on the Bruce Highway. So, next time you approach this tiny town 150km north of Bundaberg, keep an eye out for the Giant Crab perched above the local roadhouse and restaurant and stop for a couple of Miriam Vale’s incomparable fresh crab sandwiches. Once you’ve satisfied the inner man, by all means trundle down the spur road to the twin coastal towns of 1770 and Agnes Waters where Captain Cook made his second Australian landfall. Nearby Turkey Beach also claims close links to Cook and his good ship Endeavour. Seems a member of the crew came across a bustard, or scrub turkey, and shot the bird which ended up on the Endeavour's mess table. This is dinkum, throw-in-a-line-and-put-your-feet-up-territory. A relaxing trip across the estuary aboard an amphibian craft gives you the rare east coast opportunity to watch the sun set over water.