About the Aquaduck
You might be wondering… How did a heavy duty military vessel end up as one of the best Gold Coast attractions?
Aquaduck’s original name is the LARC-V (Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo, 5 ton). A vessel that can effortlessly go from driving on land to floating in water is pretty cool, and the story of how this military vessel ended up as one of the most fun attractions in Queensland is pretty cool too.
Developed and built in America in the 1950’s, the LARC-V is capable of carrying up to 5 tons of weight. It’s aluminium hulled and amphibious. This means that it can drive around on the street like a car or Aquaduck, and then drive straight into water and float like a boat. The LARC-V is approximately 10m long, 3m wide (since modified to 2.5m) and 3m tall, and weighs 8,600kgs! It can reach a speed of 48 km/h on land and 15.3 km/h (or 7.5 knots) on water. LARC-Vs were originally built with a Cummings diesel V8 (220kW/300HP) engine, but the Aquaduck you can ride on today, has a Cummings diesel Straight 6 Turbo (220kW/300HP) engine.