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LARC vehicle Town of 1770

Fabulous informative fun awaits visitors to the picturesque Town of 1770 with LARC Tours. Full day tour or shorter evening tours are available to see the natural beauty and wildlife of Bustard Bay and Eurimbula National Park.

Come to the Town of 1770 and make sure you experience the LARC Tour yourself. LARC Tours are certainly unique and definitely fun. You travel in a funny looking amphibious vehicle and are entertained and informed by the best nature tour guide in the area.

This tour is a must do activity.



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Town of 1770 LARC Tour Cruise

Image of Bustard Head Lighthouse which you visit on LARC tour. 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 Bustard Bay.

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.

Image of Larc vessel in the water. Educational and informative, the guides have first hand knowledgeable of the area and the environmental aspects of the Eurimbula National Park.

Joseph 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.

 

 

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