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Stretching from just beyond the northern gateway township of Meningie, is the beautiful national park known as ‘The Coorong’, stretching 145 km along the south-east coast of South Australia.

The Coorong is a special place of spectacular beauty, with high sand dune systems that front the Southern Ocean, a long narrow wetland complex that connects to the lower River Murray and Lakes system, and an internationally significant site for migratory waders and other water birds.

The place is of spiritual significance to the local Ngarrindjeri people, with archaeological sites showing that the Aboriginal people have been there for many thousands of years.

The park begins at the mouth of the River Murray, with the Lakes Alexandrina and Albert, that are comprised of fresh to saline waters. The ecology of the region depend on getting this mixture right of fresh water from the Murray and sea water from the ocean. The park extends to include the whole of the Younghusband Peninsula (145 kms) and The Coorong, including Woods Well, Policemans Point and Salt Creek. The region separate a series of saline lagoons from the Southern Ocean. The park is accessed via the Princes Highway from the northern end via Meningie or the southern end via Kingston SE.

The word ‘coorong’ is thought to be a corruption of the local Aboriginal word ‘kurangh’, meaning ‘neck’.

The word ‘coorong’ comes from the Ngarrindjeri word, ‘karangk’, meaning ‘long neck’. The Ngarrindjeri people welcome you to Camp Coorong, owned and run by the traditional owners. The aim of Camp Coorong is for a true reconciliation and greater understanding between two cultures. Accommodation is available and the Ngarrindjeri people offer guided bush walks and tours to teach you about wildlife, traditional medicine, food plants, weaving and crafts.

As well as being a popular fishing area, it is major breeding ground for pelicans, swans, ducks and ibis. It was the location of the children’s book and film, ‘Storm Boy’ by Colin Thiele. The Coorong is home to thousands of migratory birds, including sandpipers, stilts and stints.

The Coorong has important Aboriginal significance, is a renown archaeological site and has significant historical importance such as can been seen at Chinaman’s Well and trail.

Camping
You are required to have a camping permit, which are available either from the South Australia National Parks at Meningie or various service stations in the area. The camping areas have no facilities.

Source: ParksWeb - Coorong

Check out our listing of Coorong accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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The Coorong Tours

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Camp Coorong • Camp Coorong Cultural Museum and Administration Centre
• Ngarrindjeri Land and Progress Association • PO Box 126, MENINGIE SA 5264 • Ph: 08 8575 1557
Camp Coorong has been established to present the culture of the Ngarrindjeri indigenous people and offers workshops and visitor participation at its cultural centre. There are various activities which assist visitors learn about Aboriginal history, arts, crafts and the environment within the Ngarrindjeri region.
Coorong Nature Tours
• C/- Post Office, NARRUNG SA 5259 • Ph/Fax: 08 8574 0037 • Mobile: 0428 714 793 • Email
1, 2, 3 day tours of the Coorong and Conservation Parks. Bird watching, natural and social history with experienced local guide. Comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. Full catering included.
Spirit of the Coorong
• Main Wharf, RIVER PORT OF GOOLWA SA 5214
• Ph: 08 8555 2203 • Tollfree: 1800 442 203 • Fax: 08 8555 5101 • Email
Eco-cruising into the Coorong National Park from the historic River Port of Goolwa.
Sunrise In The Outback • 4WD Tours
• PO Box 950, SALISBURY SA 5108 • Ph/Fax: 08 8281 9384 • Mobile: 0419 849 359 • Email
Offer a range of tag-along and passenger tours. Our extensive knowledge of remote tracks, camping spots and attractions means your 4WD adventure with us will be one to remember. Offer a 3 day Coorong Scenic/Aboriginal Cultural Tour.

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