Visit the Town of 1770 & Agnes Water on the Central Queensland Coast for the ideal getaway and join us on the pink amphibious LARC'S!
As you arrive in the Town of 1770 look to your left and you will see two big pink boats with wheels, behold the LARC's!
We provide a truly unique, multi award winning, amphibian adventure!
Travelling the coastlines of Eurimbula National Park and the waterways of Bustard Bay to the isolated Bustard Head Lighthouse, the first lighthouse to be built in Queensland.
We invite you to join our friendly tour guides aboard the pink amphibious LARC's for an amazing adventure.
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1770 Environmental Tours operates two Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo vessels with a capacity of 32 passengers each. These fascinating vessels, equally at home on land or sea were originally built for military use, predominantly for transporting troops and equipment in and around coastal areas.
Every evening from 1868, in vigil unbroken for 118 years a lightkeeper climbed the steps of the Bustard Head lighthouse and lit the lamp, ensuring safe passage for vessels plying Queensland's dangerous rock and reef strewn coast.
In 1986 the lighthouse was automated and over the next 16 years vandals all but destroyed the buildings. In 2002, the Bustard Head Lighthouse Association began restoring this National and State heritage listed site to pristine condition, enabling the lightstation's tragic history of murder, suicide, abduction and drowning to live into the future.
Visitors can walk through the restored Head Lightkeeper's cottage,now a museum with quality lighthouse artefacts and memorabilia such as lenses, bulbs, burners, model ships, the first Superintendent’s telescope, scrimshaw on whales’ teeth, original oil paintings and historic photographs and experience the magnificent ocean panorama from the verandah.
As of 23rd March 2013, visitors can now enter the Lighthouse, climb the original stairs to the balcony and take in the stunning view from Gladstone in the north to Town of 1770 in the south.The opening of Bustard Head Lighthouse for tours is a significant milestone in Australian Maritime history and the ONLY place in Queensland where the public has this privilege. 1770 LARC Tours look forward to sharing its story with our guests.
NOTE: Due to Australian Building Standards, children under the age of 8 years are NOT permitted to enter the Lighthouse.