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“Yellow eyed penguins” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bushy Beach

Bushy Beach
Ranked #6 of 30 things to do in Oamaru
Certificate of Excellence
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Sydney, Australia
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Yellow eyed penguins”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2014

Cold & windy, but we did manage to see 4 rare yellow eyed penguins and a fur seal from viewing area.
Little bit too far away, but they are really nervous and shy, so can't get too close

Visited April 2014
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Ottery St. Mary, United Kingdom
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“YELLOW-EYED PENGUINS - RARE BUT WORTH THE EFFORT”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2014

There are two penguin colonies to see in Oamaru, the Blue Penguin Colony for which you have to pay and the yellow-eyed penguins at Bushy Beach which is free. I think that some of the Tripadvisor reviews might mix these two up.
The Bushy Beach viewing points are reached via Tyne Street and Bushy Beach Road. There’s street parking at the far end and a short walk to the several viewing points above the beach. You are some way above the beach but the surroundings are entirely natural, something that cannot be said for the blue penguin colony attraction. Bring your binoculars and telephoto lenses - and come at the close of the day.

Visited February 2014
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Washington, DC
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“Penguins in the Evening, Be Patient”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2014

We had binoculars which helped to see 4 penguins up the beach. We also saw 2 sleeping sea lions as well as many tui, shags, and other birds. We were lucky and patient enough to see another singular penguin emerge from the water right under the viewing area. Really sweet, and free! Only a 5 minute walk from the car park.

Visited December 2013
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Borsbeek, Belgium
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“Nice view, no penguins”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2013

Nice stop, but you probably won't see any penguins, unless you come at sunset! but nice views over the coast

Visited November 2013
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“Only for you with a true interest in nature and wildlife”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2013 via mobile

Great experience. Well worth a visit if you have a true interest in nature and wildlife. It's a fantastic kick to see the yellow eyed penguin come ashore. Be patient or look for another thrill.

Visited December 2013
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