of Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony
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Bay boasts some of the largest
gannet colonies going and you can take tours to see the birds.
way is to hop on a tractor and cruise along the beach at low tide,
or take a four-wheel-drive bus over the farms around the colonies.
Gannet Safaris bus trip is terrific and you can have an absolute
hoot with guides such as Jo Fisher. She's a local artist - with
a fabulous style of colourful landscape painting - and will let
you know everything you need to know about the peninsula, its geography
you are lucky you'll even get to be the gateboy - that's hopping
out of the bus to open and shut animal barriers on the farm. I was
the lucky one on our trip.
get to have photo stops every now and then - including one at a
stunning spot overlooking the 300-metre cliffs - and are cheerily
introduced to the Bankers' Corners. These are sheer drops that farmers,
ever enamoured of banks, think financial managers should take drives
beforehand we were warned that the gannet colonies are pretty stinky
places - courtesy of the projectile-pooing birds - but it wasn't
gannets begin to lay eggs in October and November and the best time
to visit is late January/February.
are three main colonies, including one you can get very close too,
and the more spectacular one of the end of the Cape above some fabulous
adventure takes about three hours, costs $60 and is well worth both
the time and effort. And don't forget to take your camera as the
birds are just so graceful.
join Gannet Safaris near Clifton Beach and the tractor-riding Gannet
Beach Adventures at the beach itself.
is a great cafe where you can relax before or after your trip.
out Gannet Safaris