The routes outlined below are suggestions only. Use this information to plan a trip to suit your needs.
This section of the Coorong offers ideal paddling during the winter months (May – November) when water levels allow for wider exploration. The main channel has reasonable flow during the summer months. The local weather pattern can change quickly in the Coorong and surrounding waterways. Be prepared for all types of weather, especially wind. Water levels can be low in the area with limestone reefs and sandbars as obstacles. The Needles is one such area, and it can be too shallow for paddling during the summer months. You may need to walk through shallows, and perhaps portage some areas. A linear day trip can be planned throughout this section with car shuttles being required. Distances will depend on weather and the stamina of the paddler.
Parking is available at Long Point and Parnka Point. Both of these areas have camping areas and permit stations.
Coorong Wilderness Lodge provides parking, camping, cabins and meals and Aboriginal cultural interpretive tours by prior arrangement. Group accommodation is available at Camp Coorong. Overnight camping is permitted on Younghusband Peninsula, where minimal impact camping principles apply. The islands south of Parnka Point are bird breeding islands. Please remain off the islands during the summer months while the birds are breeding, and observe from a distance.
The Coorong is salt water, therefore you will need to bring and carry your own water supplies.
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