Bushy Beach, Oamaru

3.8
#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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  • September 16, 2017
    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 »
  • September 15, 2017
    We have been before but this time the access trail down to the beach was closed because of small slips after heavy rain. Wecould still look down from above on this sunny morning and see seals asleep o...  more »
  • June 21, 2017
    While touring the South Island we stopped here as our friends knew about this spot. Lovely area and well kept walkways. No penguin's though and just one lonely seal, we did stay for some time, but hay...  more »

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