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Bushy Beach, Oamaru

(3.8/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web)
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. Arrange your visit to Bushy Beach and discover more family-friendly attractions in Oamaru using our Oamaru itinerary builder.
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  • Bushy beach is a quiet beach along Oamaru coast, where you are likely to see yellow eyed penguins. Differently from the little blue penguins, yellow eyed are very shy, they don't like to see or hear h...  more »
  • if you want to avoid paying for penguins then come here, you can see yellow eyed ones and seals. Unfortunately when I went there were some numbnuts people who couldn't read the signs DO NOT GO ON BEAC...  more »
  • The walk down to the beach is through pretty foliage and flowers, depending on the season. Quite a steep walk down but worth the effort. Read the signage before you descend as at certain times you are...  more »