Bushy Beach, Oamaru

3.7
#3 of 8 in Beaches in Otago Region
Bushy Beach is not just any beach--it holds the last remaining natural coastal vegetation in the area and supports native wildlife like penguins. True to its name, the shoreline is decorated with shrubbery like hebe, ngaio, and broadleaf. The attraction provides several outlooks where visitors can spot yellow-eyed penguins, fur seals, and occasionally sea lions and elephant seals. Be sure to dress very warmly to avoid shivering in the strong winds. Visitors are only allowed on the beach when the penguins are not there (usually between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.). If you're visiting before or after that time, head to one of the viewing points to watch the lovable creatures come ashore and feed. Note that beach access is prohibited from November to March, when penguins may be feeding with their young at any time of day. Plan trip to Oamaru with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • Agree that beach is closed due to hatched chicks. Only 6 breeding pairs therefore lowers the adults to be seen coming back to nest. 3 seals slumped on the beach. Crowd of 50-60 over the hour we were t...  more »
  • We reached at around 7pm in summer and was still bright. View was nice as of any other beach. However we went their to test our luck to see yellow eyed penguin. But couldn’t see any. Will try next tim...  more »
  • Maybe its not the peak season? Doesnt quite worth it after two hrs wait. Its quite cold in mid Sep here so prepare gloves and hat for the wait.  more »

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