We provide a selection of fun and unique amphibious tours aboard our famous pink LARC!’s, exploring beautiful secluded beaches in the Southern Great Barrier Reef Region and visiting remote National Parks.
As we make our way up the coastline of Bustard Bay we love to share our extensive knowledge of fascinating historical facts and enhance our passengers awareness of the abundant local wildlife.
“This trip was a fantastic fun and informative day full of history, fun and entertainment from our friendly tour guides. Well done to our Skipper and local Tour Guide. Value for money! Very considerate to everyone and the girls just love their job which was easy to see and hear. My husband and I would recommend this trip to anyone. If we had the chance we would do it again. My husband even tried the sand boarding not bad for a man of 75 he wasn’t the only older person to do it either “. – Guest Review – Trip Advisor
1770 Environmental Tours Pty Ltd trading as 1770 LARC! Tours, began operation in 1994 in the beautiful Town of 1770 in sunny Queensland. The Mergard family envisaged to share the beauty and isolation of Bustard Head Light Station with visitors. 2 ex-military Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo (L.A.R.C) vessel were acquired for their versatility, reliability and low environmental impact. The LARC’s are an ideal form of transport to access the 27kms of picturesque coastline in the Southern Great Barrier Reef region.
Painted a brilliant pink and fondly known as the LARC!, these 2 vessels can carry up to 64 passengers on tours to enjoy the adventure, natural beauty, cultural experiences and heritage values of Bustard Bay and the Town of 1770 – the Birthplace of Queensland. The LARC’s capabilities enable our guests will experience these vessels and all that they can do such as sand 4wding, climbing headlands and traversing 4 tidal creeks.
In 2013, 1770 LARC! Tours added a new and significant element to the full day LARC! Paradise Tour – the Bustard Head Lighthouse tower is now open for LARC! tour passengers. The Paradise Tour is 1770 LARC! Tours signature tour and has been quoted as a “must do” when visiting this region of the Southern Great Barrier Reef.
In 2015 a new indigenous tour was introduced to the already awesome tour list of 1770 LARC! Tours, the Goolimbil Walkabout. Again showcasing the history of the Town of 1770 but from another angle. This tour is a golden gem out of the things to do in this area. A unique and authentic cultural experience that must be experienced.
Each LARC! tour experience is different as the wildlife, the season and the staff create unique visitor memories each time. 1770 LARC! Tours staff are passionate about what they do. The entire LARC! team strive to deliver a world class standard of unique and memorable tour for ALL passengers.
Just ask Neil about his over 20 years of LARCing around and he will say “It’s all about having fun!” and therein lies the ethos behind being a part of the LARC! family.
Co-founding and creating 1770 LARC! Tours with his parents when he was 21 years old Neil followed his fathers’ passion for tourism and love for the environment. Spending more than half his life skippering, fixing, promoting and loving his LARCs! Neil believes he has the best job in the world!
Lee has many years experience in the tourism industry. She loves planning and is the head honcho when it comes to organising every daily tour, she will make sure you’re looked after and there for you when you need it prior to your tour departure. Lee is a local wildlife carer and is always mothering bush babies! Lee’s mission is to make sure our guests have the most memorable experience on the LARC! they can possibly have!
Amber is a valuable member of the LARC! team and much loved member of the Agnes Water and Town of 1770 community. With her years of Marketing experience throughout Queensland her passion for LARCeting has created 1770 LARC! Tours to be leaders in the field of Tourism in Australia.
Jess works behind the scenes on our LARCmedia and content projects. But that’s not all, you might meet Jess in our office on the reservations desk or assisting our marketing manager. She’s no stranger to the field either and is regularly on tour as a photographer snapping the LARCs in action and dabbles in driving the LARC’s as our relief skipper. This water baby has a passion for everything marine, from the fishes, turtles and mammals to our brilliant pink LARCs and maritime history.
Macka is 1770 LARC! Tours Lead Skipper. You will have the privilege of meeting Macka on most of our tours! His extensive wildlife and local knowledge are second to none. Mixed with his genuine down to earth nature and great sense of humor you will always be garanteed a LARCtastic tour with Macka.
Wyanda is a Skipper who has a strong passion for the environment, especially when it comes to our marine life. Wyanda is also a Captain for Sea Shepherd and goes on campaigns regularly to lead the Sea Shepherd team in protecting marine life and the environment worldwide!
Head Tour Guide
You’ll meet our Head Tour Guide Kev when you come on the full day LARC! Paradise Tour. Kev loves all things history and delivers a wonderful commentary for all of our guests to enjoy on tour. Kev ensures all of guests are very well looked after, have fun and go away with memorable moments to share from their day out on tour.
Darrin spends his LARCanic days fixing, building and cleaning our pink LARC’s! Getting greasy and dirty everyday in the name of keeping the wheels turning so fun can be had!
Eddie is 1770 LARC! Tours money man! He works in conjunction with our Office Manager Lee to ensure all money matters are sorted. Most mornings you will find Eddie on his SUP board surfing on the beautiful beaches of Agnes Water.
Kel works on the front desk at our LARCtastic office in between property management and endangered sea turtle research in the nights! She loves organising our merchandise in the shop front and helping out our tour guests.
1770 LARC! Tours are proudly Eco Certified
Since June 2002 1770 LARC! Tours have been Eco Certified with Eco Tourism Australia. The company paved the way for Eco Tourism in the Town of 1770 and continues to excel in this area. All staff are very passionate about our local environment and are proud to inform guests about our significantly environmentally unique area.
Future plans for 1770 LARC! Tours is to achieve Advanced Eco Certification. Projects that are already underway will pave the way for achievement of this certification. Stay tuned for this next step for our company.
With a love for the ocean, the environment and living in the Town of 1770 Neil is proud of his family business and still is excited about going out on tour for the day. The enthusiasm for LARCing around is contagious and filters through from Neil to his guests and staff members. LARCman Neil is a passionate supported of Sea Shepherd and educates guests on the environment when on tour.
We Love Sea Shepherd…..
In 2014 1770 LARC! Tours decided to become an official supporter for Sea Shepherd Australia. This decision was made on the basis of the companies Eco Certification and love for the environment.
LARC! Base stocks the largest Sea Shepherd merchandise range in the Town of 1770 and Agnes Water area. Our famous LARC’s have official Sea Shepherd stickers on the vessels and the company even employs one of Sea Shepherds skippers who lives in our region. Our tour guides, skippers and staff regularly inform our guests about what Sea Shepherd does and how they can support them.
To donate to any of Sea Shepherds campaigns or to find out more information about what they do visit: