Long Point to Mundoo Channel
|The Coorong National Park lies adjacent to the mouth of the River Murray and includes a long, shallow, saline lagoon more than 100 km in length, and covering an area of over 50 000 ha. It is separated from the Southern Ocean by the massive sand dunes of the Younghusband Peninsula.
The southern end of the Coorong is fringed by a series of shallow ephemeral salt lakes and mallee scrub. The coastal and unusual aquatic habitats form a Wetland of International Importance under the RAMSAR Convention. The many wild and remote places, the great sweep of ocean beach and the profusion of wildlife continue to inspire visitors.
The name ÔCoorongÕ is derived from the Aboriginal word Karangh, meaning narrow neck. Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal habitation has left a rich legacy of cultural history found in the shell middens, cooking ovens, camp sites and burial sites.
Over 200 species of birds, including two rare species, have been recorded, making the area a birdwatcherÕs paradise. The Coorong has international significance as a summer habitat for migratory birds coming from as far away as Siberia, and as a drought refuge for many species of water birds. There are various fresh water soaks that are frequented by emus and other birdlife.
This section of Coorong National Park is within one and a half hours drive from Adelaide.
Recommended access points for this area are:
The boat ramp on Mundoo Creek on the eastern end of Hindmarsh Island across the bridge from Goolwa. The small town of Clayton, or Mark Point, via the Narrung and Loveday Bay roads or Long Point, which is 26 km from the Princes Highway and accessible via Meningie on a combination of sealed and 6 km of good unsealed roads.
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