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The Coorong National Park is situated some 220km south-east of Adelaide, on Australia's southern coast. The park begins at Murray's Mouth and includes the entirety of the Younghusband Peninsula and The Coorong. The park is accessed via the Princes Highway from either Kingston SE or Meningie.
Coorong National Park protects an area of 50 000 hectares, including a 100km long saline lagoon separated from the Southern Ocean by the Younghusband Peninsula. The wetland area is recognised under the Ramsar Convention. The wetland is frequented by over 200 species of birds.
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Jacks Point Pelican Observatory Walk:
This walk is found off the Princes Highway, 3km north of Policemans Point. It is a 1.2km return walk that takes about 10 minutes to complete. The observatory provides an opportunity for bird watching.
Ngrugie Ngoppun Walk:
This walk begins just off the Princes Highway opposite the Oil Rig Replica at Salt Creek. The walk is a 2.5km circuit but may be joined with the Lakes Nature Trail Walk.
Lakes Nature Trail Walk:
This walk starts from a car park on Loop Road, which is off the Princes Highway just past Salt Creek. It is a 3km walk that may be joined to the Ngrugie Ngoppun Walk.
Chinamans Well Historic Site and Journey to Gold Walk:
This walk is located some 16km south of Salt Creek along the Princes Highway and is reached via an unsealed road. The well is thought to have been built in 1856. This historic walk is 1.3km long.
Nukan Kungun Hike:
This walk begins at Salt Creek and is a 27km walk. It links the smaller Ngrugie Ngoppun, Lakes Nature and Chinaman's Well walks with 42 Mile Crossing and Ocean Beach. Camp sites are available along the way.
Godfreys Landing Walk:
This walk is located 10km south of the Murray River mouth on the Younghusband Peninsula and is accessible only by boat from Goolwa. It begins at Godfreys Landing and leads to Ocean Beach 3km away.
Camping permits are required and these are available from South Australia National Parks at the Melaleuca Information Centre at Meningie or service stations in the area. The camping areas have no facilities provided.
Self-registration stations are located at:
- 28 Mile Crossing
- Wreck Crossing
- 32 Mile Crossing
- 42 Mile Crossing
- Parnka Point
- Long Point
- Godfreys Landing
- Barkers Knoll
Links to Further Resources:
Kevin's Wilderness Journeys Homepage
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