Visit the Town of 1770 and Agnes Water in the Southern Great Barrier Reef region of Queensland for the ideal getaway and join us for a tour on our pink amphibious LARCs!
As you arrive in the Town of 1770 look to your left and immediately you will see two big pink boats with wheels…behold the LARCs!
An iconic, pink, amphibious craft, providing exclusive access INSIDE Queensland's only open, operating Lighthouse!
1770 LARC! Tours celebrated our 20th Birthday
in May 2014! What a wonderful milestone - a regional tourism business owned and
operated by the same family for 20 years! Neil Mergard and the LARCy team are
all very proud of reaching our 20th year of operation and wish to
thank all our passengers for your referrals, reviews and recommendations over
the years :)
If you’re a first-timer, let’s explain our award-winning tours - 1770 LARC! Tours utilise our two pink amphibious crafts to access and explore the National Parks, restored lightstation and pristine waterways bordering the Birthplace of Queensland – the Town of 1770.
On a full day LARC! Paradise Tour visitors can enter Queensland's only open, operating Lighthouse at the historic island of Bustard Head, enjoy a picnic lunch and billy tea and sandboard down the towering dunes on Middle Island.
A two hour LARC + Lunch! Tour offers a cruise off the coastline of the Town of 1770 and Eurimbula National Park, including LARCing sandbar fun, Australian wildlife and migratory birdlife spotting, beachcombing and a picnic lunch.
The one hour Afternoon Cruise experience takes in the pristine coastline of Eurimbula National Park and demonstrates our amphibious capabilities, along with a fun LARC! "splashdown"!
We also cater for corporate and private groups and for specific tour requirements you may have. For example a wedding on a sandbar, an onshore fishing trip in an idyllic location, team building and educational tours in the national park, bird watching and memorable birthday parties for the young and the not-so-young!
All our tours are accompanied by passionate and informative guides.
We invite you to join us aboard the pink amphibious LARC's for an amazing adventure.
Visit the Town of 1770 and Agnes Water on the Queensland coast and discover this unique Australian experience.
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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.