1770 LARC! Tours Awarded Best Tourism Attraction

1770 LARC! Tours are proud to announce they were awarded the Best Tourism Attraction on Saturday, 14 November, at the Observer Westpac ‘Best in Business’ Awards held in Gladstone.

Owner and operator Neil Mergard, or as he’s fondly known, ‘LARCman’, attended the ceremony with partner and tour guide Tanya Puglisi, and sister Desley O’Grady.

A crowd of almost 400 people from the Gladstone business community enjoyed the annual Awards evening.

1770 LARC! Tours were nominated in the Tourism Attraction category with 12 other businesses from the region.

‘We are very proud of this award and we do sincerely strive to be the best, year after year,’ said Neil.

‘I’d like to firstly thank our staff for their commitment to the business, the destination and the cause of eco tourism. And much gratitude goes to all our guests, the LARCaholics who travel with us and continually recommend our tours to their friends, relatives and social media networks.’

‘They have helped the growth of the business and we really appreciate it,’ he concluded.

Tanya added, ‘The close LARC! team is certainly more like a family and we all love what we do. I believe that is why we have won this award, we are genuinely committed.’
1770 LARC! Tours have been operating in the Town of 1770 for over 21 years and have a proven track record of high level customer satisfaction, as demonstrated by the regular reviews, that include:

  • ‘This was a really amazing day the amount of knowledge that they imparted was outstanding plus the awesome yarns that had us all laughing. Would truly recommend this attraction to all, young and old.
  • The best in 1770… Thank you all so much to every one involved in this awesome adventure.’ Jacky and John Percy, travelled Nov 2015.

1770 LARC! Tours continually strives for LARCtastic performance on all tours, from the 1 hour Afternoon Cruise, to 2 hour LARC plus Lunch, 2 hour Goolimbil Walkabout and full day LARC! Paradise Tour.

The business is an Eco Certified Tour Operator employing almost 10 people, and is continually researching and developing their product.

The newest addition is the indigenous cultural tour, Goolimbil Walkabout, which operates Tuesdays and Fridays in the Eurimbula National Park. After 14 months of research and consultation with Elders, QPWS, Tourism and Events Qld, and many sources, this tour is now offering a brand new product not previously available in the Southern Great Barrier Reef Region.

‘The continual evolution of the business will not stop. New historical lightstation displays and unique mechanical improvements are already underway…watch this space for details on these,’ Neil said.

Neil and Tanya
Neil and Tanya