1770 LARC! Tours

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For a trip you will never forget, jump aboard the pink LARC - an amphibious craft that will take you for a ride across deserted sandy beaches and pristine estuaries as you make your way to the isolated Bustard Head Lighthouse located within Eurimbula National Park. This is Queensland's only operating Lighthouse open to the public!

You'll hear the tales of tragedy and triumph as early white settlers and lighthouse keepers struggled to tame this remote wilderness. You will have a guided tour in the light keeper's cottage, now a museum of artefacts and light station memorabilia. You will see some of the prolific wildlife that inhabits the area and you will gasp in awe at the spectacular panoramic view from the balcony of the historic Bustard Head Lighthouse.

And on the way home, you can experience the thrill of sand boarding down the towering dunes of Middle Island. The LARC's (Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo Vessels) are named in honour of Sir Joseph Banks and Dr Daniel Carl Solander, the two eminent botanists who accompanied Lieutenant James Cook aboard the Endeavour on their voyage of discovery. Full day tour includes morning tea, lunch and an Aussie Billy tea.

Facilities

  • Car park

Activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Camping
  • Off Road Driving
  • Swimming

Other Information

Accessibility:

Accessible facilities available. Please contact operator for specific details.

Family Friendly:

Family friendly – please refer to operator's website for services and facilities.

Our Tours

LARC plus Lunch!

Ride on the iconic pink LARC vessels in the Town of 1770 and have a picnic lunch on the sand.

The two hour LARC plus Lunch! Tour travels along the coastline of Eurimbula National Park and pauses for a picnic lunch amidst the magnificent views of Round Hill Head and Bustard Bay.

Their unique amphibious LARC vessels are an ideal craft to enjoy cool breezes and amazing views whilst the surrounding environment becomes incredibly accessible!

Their experienced skipper will relay details on the history of the area and you will tour the coastline of the Town of 1770, the Birthplace of Queensland.

LARCing sandbar fun, wildlife and birdlife viewing with lunch and refreshments offshore, what a great way to enjoy this tropical paradise!

Indicative rates

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$37 $77
LARC! Paradise Tour

For a trip you will never forget, jump aboard the pink LARC - an amphibious craft that will take you for a ride across deserted sandy beaches and pristine estuaries, with Eurimbula National Park to the west and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park to the right!

The LARC! Paradise Tour ventures to the isolated Bustard Head Lighthouse, Queensland's only operating Lighthouse open to the public!

You'll hear the tales of tragedy and triumph as early white settlers and Lighthouse Keepers struggled to tame this remote wilderness. You will have a guided tour in the light-keeper's cottage, now a museum of artefacts and lightstation memorabilia. You will see some of the prolific wildlife that inhabits the area and you will gasp in awe at the spectacular panoramic view from the balcony of the historic Bustard Head Lighthouse.

On the way home, you can experience the thrill of sandboarding down the towering dunes of Middle Island - a popular part of the tour for the adventurous and a great spectator sport for some!

The full day tour LARC! Paradise Tour includes morning tea, lunch and Aussie billy tea and coffee brewed over an open fire.

Indicative rates

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$85 $156
LARC! Afternoon Cruise

As the sun approaches the horizon signalling the end of another beautiful day, experience the peaceful solitude and changing moods of their tropical paradise, the Town of 1770.

This one hour LARC! cruise takes in the magic of Round Hill Creek, Eurimbula National Park and magnificent views of Round Hill Head and the 1770 coastline. It is the perfect way to experience the delights of the Town of 1770, see birdlife and wildlife in their natural habitats, enjoy the thrill of these unique amphibious LARC! vessels and hear tales of Captain Cook and his crew on the 'Endeavour' when they made landfall in this majestic part of the Queensland coast.

LARC! Afternoon Cruises are offered daily at either 3pm or 4.30pm.

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$17 $38
Goolimbil Walkabout

Join them for an authentic indigenous hunting, gathering and tasting experience of a lifetime!
Travel across Round Hill Creek, to the coastline of Eurimbula National Park, where you will take a bush walking tour with our skipper and an indigenous guide.

Enjoy a theatrical experience and learn about the wonderful culture that lived here sustainably for tens of thousands of years..

The concept of the Goolimbil Walkabout tour is for guests to have the opportunity to accompany a hunter and gatherer on an expedition through coastal bushland, then into mangrove wetland and onto littoral rainforest where a gathering place is located. This gathering place is home, place or camp in the Aboriginal language – it can also be called a Gunya, and the local Gooreng Gooreng people refer to it as a Waybare. The Waybare provides a traditional place for dreamtime stories, dance and cultural interaction during Goolimbil Walkabout.

Indicative rates

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$78 $85

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Pinnacles, The

Hook Island, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Arguably the best dive site in the Whitsundays, with hard corals comparing favourably to those seen on the outer Great Barrier Reef. The best dive is off the western beach, adjacent to the Woodpile and swim east at a depth of seven to 15 metres.

Blue Pearl Bay

Hayman Island, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Blue Pearl Bay is located on the north-western side of Hayman Island in the Whitsundays Group. Popular with tourists and locals for snorkelling, diving and sightseeing, Blue Pearl Bay is known for its coral and fish life including a resident Maori Wrasse.

Butterfly Bay - Hook Island

Hook Island, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
A popular bareboat anchorage, Butterfly Bay is situated on the northern side of Hook Island. There are limited public moorings and snorkelling can be enjoyed along the bay edge or just off the beach. Offering coral outcrops with shallow walls, the bay is populated by many small, colourful reef fish species.

Ngaro Cultural Site

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
The Ngaro people have walked this land for over 9,000 years. Protected from the elements in a once-hidden cave, Ngaro artwork adorns the fragile rock surface. The track begins deep inside Nara Inlet on Hook Island — an excellent overnight anchorage.

Whitehaven Beach

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Whitehaven Beach is a pristine, award winning beach on Whitsunday Island, the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsundays. Whitehaven Beach stretches over seven kilometres and boasts brilliant white silica sand that is among the purest in the world.

Maureens Cove, Hook Island

Hook Island, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Situated on the northern side of Hook Island, Maureen's Cove is a popular anchorage with sailors and divers alike. There are two dive sites at Maureen's Cove. At the back of the cove, on the western side of the beach is a series of bommies starting at 12 - 15 metres and rising to within three metres of the surface, parallel to the shoreline.

Langford Island

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Langford Island, near Hayman Island in the northern Whitsundays is a popular spot with sailors, divers and snorkellers. Many of the bareboats and crewed sailing boats will anchor near Langford Island. Langford Island is relatively small, but features a long sand spit that all but disappears at high tide.

Nara Inlet

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
Nestled in the south east end of the Whitsundays’ Hook Island is Nara Inlet, a secluded bay with tranquil waters that reflect the dense forestry that covers the island’s steep hills. The clear water acts as a window to the fringing reef and is known for its sheltered anchorage and easy access to the island.

Luncheon Bay

Hook Island, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Luncheon Bay is situated on the northern side of Hook Island and features pristine coral and superb marine life. Luncheon Bay is popular with beginner divers thanks to its easy beach entry option. Intro divers can enter the water gradually from the beach, allowing plenty of time to become accustomed to the dive gear and the water.

Lindeman Islands National Park

Lindeman Island, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Lindeman Islands National Park is part of the world famous Whitsunday islands and Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Aboriginal people referred to the main island, Lindeman, as Yara-kimba, the place of snapper-bream fish.
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