13 Dec Explore Bustard Head Lighthouse with 1770 LARC! during the School Holidays!
Did you know the Bustard Head Lighthouse is 150 years old?
That’s right, the historic Bustard Head Lighthouse tower, situated north of the Town of 1770, turned 150 this year! It’s one of the oldest buildings in the Gladstone region, National and State heritage listed, and it is arguably the most immaculate too! If you haven’t visited Bustard Head Lighthouse before, you should book a day of exploring this summer holidays.
1770 LARC! Tours use their iconic pink amphibian vessels to access the Lightstation and the surrounding national parks. Their full day LARC! Paradise Tour caters for all ages and includes morning tea, lunch, refreshments, incredible scenery, commentary and the thrill of sandboarding down 35 metre dunes into the water!
1770 LARC! Tours began visiting Bustard Head Lightstation with their guests in 1994, and over the years they have worked with very passionate volunteers of the Bustard Head Lighthouse Association to enhance and increase the maritime display.
The first Superintendent’s telescope, the cemetery and a restored lighthouse lantern are three of the most marvelled elements. In addition to these features this lighthouse can boast it is the only one in Queensland that allows access inside an operating lighthouse! Not many people can claim they have been inside an operating lighthouse, can they?
Every evening since 26 June 1868, the light can be seen for over 20 nautical miles in the distance, performing its unique light sequence to ensure safe passage for vessels navigating Queensland’s dangerous rock and reef strewn coast.
The Bustard Head Light is a necessary coastal navigation aid for safe shipping and the vigil was consistently maintained by light-keepers until 1986 when the light was automated. Now, as the automated light continues the nightly vigil, volunteer caretakers and the LARC! Crew expertly showcase the Lightstation in its 150th year. Book the full day LARC! Paradise Tour or one of the other LARCing experiences at www.1770larctours.com.au or follow @1770larc on social media, to stay up to date with their happenings.