Our signature full day tour. The ultimate LARC! experience
Let us take you on a journey into history over vast sandy beaches and crystal clear waters where you can experience the same magnificent beauty that greeted Lieutenant James Cook when he stepped ashore here more than two centuries ago.
ADULT $160 ($149+$11*)
SENIOR $150 ($139+$11*) CHILD (5-16) $99 ($88+$11*) INFANT (0-4) FREE
9.00am – 4.00pm**
The LARC! travels around Bustard Bay, across 4 tidal creeks and then rests on Bustard Headland for morning tea of cakes, cookies and fresh fruit.
The scenic 4WD journey up Bustard Headland to the Bustard Head Lightstation – Queensland’s first coastal lighthouse and the ONLY operating lighthouse that the public are able access inside, is the next part of the adventure! Standing 16 metres tall, you will have a 360deg view of the pristine coastline whilst marvelling at the lighthouse’s craftsmanship.
At the lightstation, guests hear of the tales of triumph and tragedy as early settlers and light-keepers tried to tame this remote wilderness!
We also offer an interpretative tour through the restored head light-keepers cottage and the cemetery, where guests will soon learn why the majestic station was dubbed the “Lighthouse of Tragedy’’.
Passengers then return to the LARC! and enjoy the panoramic view of the Bay as they journey down the hill to the picnic area on the southern end of Bustard Head. There they relax with a smorgasbord of cut sandwiches, cold drinks, billy tea & coffee. Guests can explore the coastal rainforest walk to the foreshore at Jenny Lind Estuary. After lunch the LARC! departs for sandboarding down towering 35m sand dunes at Middle Island …..if you want to, you can skim out across the water or stop on the sand flat!
Immerse yourself in the history of Queensland, experience Bustard Lightstation and fill up on adventure with sandboarding on Middle Island.
Please Note: Due to Australian Building Standards, children under the age of 8 years are NOT permitted to enter the Lighthouse tower.
*The additional $11 on the Paradise Tour ticket price includes $9 Bustard Head Lightstation Association charge & $2 QPWS fee for entry to the Middle Island and Bustard Head sections of Eurimbula National Park.
**Departure times may vary due to tidal conditions on the day. Please confirm your departure time with office staff at the time of booking. Paradise Tours may operate more frequently.
Visit Queensland’s only operating Lighthouse that is open for tours. Yes, you can ENTER the historical Lighthouse tower and immerse in the magical view from the balcony! You’ll even spot the towering dunes for sandboarding down later! A well known, must-do Eco tour in coastal National Parks, with informative commentary and wildlife spotting.
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