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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  • You follow a short cliff top path to a couple of viewing points above the beach where you can see sealslounging and on the afternoon we went a single Yellow Eyed Penguin. The path down to the beach is...  more »
  • This beach is well protected, it is nice to see. You will not be able to get off walk on the beach at some period of the year, and during authorized hours to observe animals, there are also naturalists on-site, for the safety of the animals, and also to give us information, they are super nice. The landscape is beautiful, everyone is there, everyone wait in silence as a Penguin points its nose, on the lookout for sea lions, 'they moved'? Of course we must be patient, it should not be pressed! Don't miss :-) Enjoy the show ;-)
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  • Went looking for yellow-eyed penguins at sunset. Didn't find any, but still had a lovely walk along the cliffside.  more »

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