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Visiting the Town of 1770 was one of our top highlights of Australia. Not only is the town itself incredibly interesting, but you can explore it in a fun and unique way – by LARC.
A LARC is a lighter amphibious resupply cargo vessel that was used by soldiers to transport goods in times of war. Think of a boat that can drive on land – incredible!
Travelling by LARC is the only way to explore this unique part of the Southern Great Barrier Reef region unless you have your own off-trail vehicle, 4WD, or boat.
So what if you don’t have your own LARC? Well, you’re going to need one of these Town of 1770 LARC tours! But which is the best one and how do you decide? This guide will tell you everything you need to know.
Where is the Town of 1770?
Seventeen Seventy, or The Town of 1770 as it’s commonly known, is just 6 kilometers north of Agnes Water in the Gladstone Region of Queensland. It’s also a 6 hour drive north of Brisbane and connects to the Southern Great Barrier Reef region of QLD.
It was found by Lieutenant James Cook in May 1770, which is why the town was named Town of 1770.
It was his second discovery of Australia, the first in Queensland, and so the area claims to be the birthplace of Queensland.
Today it feels just like it was over 200 years ago when Captain Cook discovered it. And the thousands of years before that when the Gooreng Gooreng Aboriginal tribe were the caretakers of the land.
Town of 1770 LARC Tours
There are not many companies that offer Town of 1770 LARC tours, in fact, there is only one. 1770 LARC! Tours are the official operator of LARC tours in 1770.
We took the full-day LARC Paradise Tour and it was pretty much paradise. You can also book a half-day tour (a 2 hour tour) with a picnic lunch, or a custom tour where you can create something special and unique – though this is usually aimed at groups.
If you have the time though, we do think full-day tours are worth it.
Neil Mergard, the founder of Town of 1770 LARC! Tours, was our skipper for the day and has been running these tours for 20 years.
His passion for the area has not died one bit and his knowledge of the area was amazing, as was our tour guide David, who was great at entertaining us all with his jokes and love for the bird life.
They might be the only company doing this tour, but if there were…