Farewell Spit 2006

In which Miles takes you back to 2006 for a tour of Farewell Spit.

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As I mentioned previously, I declined to pay $150 or more to take the Farewell Spit Eco Tour on my recent visit to the area.  But I did enjoy it the first time I went there.  Here are some of the photos.

The tour started early in the morning, and it was quite overcast. It cleared up later. Three busloads of people set out at the same time, with a stop on reaching the start of the spit.

Tour buses at the start of the spit
Tour buses at the start of the spit

This view of endless windswept sand is Farewell Spit as I remember it.  My recent visit of course was much more bright and sunny.

Farewell Spit
Farewell Spit

We passed a number of seals, always alone and looking lonely in that vast empty place.

Seal on Farewell Spit
Seal on Farewell Spit

There is an oasis of sorts near the end of the spit though.  Once a lighthouse keeper and family lived here.  Today the lighthouse is automated.

Farewell Spit lighthouse
Farewell Spit lighthouse
Farewell Spit lighthouse
Farewell Spit lighthouse
On the grounds of the Farewell Spit lighthouse
On the grounds of the Farewell Spit lighthouse
On the grounds of the Farewell Spit lighthouse
On the grounds of the Farewell Spit lighthouse
Farewell Spit lighthouse
Farewell Spit lighthouse

There’s even a trail of decent length that you can follow through some bush, including some large trees.

Near the grounds of the Farewell Spit lighthouse
Near the grounds of the Farewell Spit lighthouse

It costs extra to continue further to view the gannet colony.

Gannet colony
Gannet colony
Ganet
Gannet
Ganet
Gannet
Ganet
Gannet

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour once.  But at $150+ I didn’t have trouble deciding not to do it again.

You can view the full gallery of 24 pictures below.  To view them on imgur, click here.