Town of 1770 LARC Tour Cruise
A LARC is a rather odd looking vehicle that seems to be home on either
land or water, it is a cross between a large four wheel drive bus and
a boat. The pink Larcs of the Town of 1770 are ex U.S. Army amphibious
vehicles technically called a Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo Vessel,
hence the shortened name LARC.
The Larc tour is certainly unique, as in this remarkable vehicle you
are able to travel along the coast line or in the water, crossing several
tidal creeks, to see some country rarely seen by others. The Larc takes
you along the shores of Eurimbula
National Park, then engages 4WD to climb the steep slope to Bustard
Head Lighthouse, with the most spectacular views of the Coral Sea and
Built in 1868, the light station was manned for over 100 years. Demanned
in 1986, the Bustard Head Lighthouse was abandoned and was slowly deteriorating
due to the elements and vandalism. Luckily the Bustard Head Lighthouse
Association, a nonprofit community group, applied to lease the area
in 2002 and are restoring the lighthouse and outbuildings for tourism
and historical value.
You will have a guided tour of the lighthouse keepers cottage, which
has been transformed into a museum and some time to reflect on the harshness
of being a lighthouse keeper as you visit the light station graveyard.
An additional $5.00 charge is applied to all Larc Tours, which is passed
directly to the Bustard Head Lighthouse Association to pay for ongoing
restoration work. There is also a small additional charge which pays
for entry to the National Park levied by the Qld Parks & Wildlife Service.
and informative, the guides have first hand knowledgeable of the area
and the environmental aspects of the Eurimbula National Park.
Banks, who visited the area with Captain Cook in 1770, remarked about
the change in vegetation and landform that is truly unique in Central
Queensland. By the way, the LARCS are actually named after Sir Joseph
Banks and Dr Solander, two remarkable botanists who traveled with Cook's
Endeavour along the Australian east coast.
Now for the fun part of the Larc Tour. You have the option of trying
your hand at sandboarding.
Middle Island is the site of a steep and
spectacular sand dune which is ideal for some fun. At high tide you
can sandboard down the dune and skim across the water. If you are a
little old for this fun, don't worry, grab your camera and enjoy the
scenery, perhaps get a few video clips for Funniest Home Videos, or
just sit back and take in the fabulous views of this spectacular region.
You will love a Larc Tour which includes morning tea and picnic lunch.
Keep your eye out for kangaroos, sea eagles, turtles and other aquatic
creatures. More information can be found on the Larc
website or at the Town of 1770 Marina.