Salt Creek to Parnka Point
|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.
A cluster of small isolated islands in the CoorongÕs southern lagoon provide a major breeding ground for the Australian pelican and various wader species. There is an exclusion zone of 140 m around these bird colonies, which are indicated on the map.
The Coorong National Park is within two hours drive from Adelaide. The Princes Highway skirts much of the Coorong and scenic views can be enjoyed from vantage points along the way. Good unsealed roads enable conventional vehicles to be driven to all the major features and entry points along the mainland side of the Coorong.
Recommended access points for this area are:
Parnka Point, some 3.5 km from the Princes Highway near McGrath Flat or Policeman Point or Salt Creek.
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