Penguins, sea lions and beaches
Trip Start May 24, 2010
162Trip End Jun 13, 2011
Map your own trip!
Show trip route
After our Albatross encounter we went in search of the peninsula's other famous resident; the yellow-eyed penguin. One of the rarest in the world. We heard that the best place to see them is at Sandfly Bay and so we drove the steep and incredibly scenic road across the peninsula to the ocean on the other side. There was a 40 minute walk to the viewing hut for the penguins. Sandfly Bay is a really pretty beach with sand dunes and big waves, making the walk very enjoyable. Half way across the beach Jenny let out a high pitched squeal as we suddenly seemed to find ourselves within mitres of two very large slumbering sea lions. They seemed to ignore us as we wandered by. A short walk up to the look-out hut and we were looking out towards the cliffs on the edge of the beach where two yellow-eyed penguins were slowly clambering up to their nests after a hard days fishing.
We drove back to our campsite in Portobello before the weather closed in and the rain came.