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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  • Went for a easy walk to Bushy Beach from Oamaru. Beautiful farms and animals along the way. Spend about 30 min at the look out and saw 4 yellow eyed penguins come out. Bring binocluars to see them pro...  more »
  • A short walk from the car-park is the viewing hut where you can wait for the penguins to come in. They are on island time, so you just have to wait it out. Some will arrive up to an hour before sunset...  more »
  • It will cost you nothing to get a good look at the penguins in their natural element. Just organise yourself to get to the car park about one hour before dark. Aim for a calm, warm evening but if it's...  more »
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