The Coorong is located some 150km southeast of Adelaide alongside the Younghusband Peninsula. It is a 145km stretch of shallow lagoon system interconnecting with Lake Alexandrina, Lake Albert and the Murray River mouth. Only 4km at its widest this waterway is a haven for birdlife, being protected from the Southern Ocean by the Younghusband Peninsula’s sand dunes.
This lake system is recognised as Wetlands of International Importance
, protecting migratory birds worldwide. The wetlands see thousands of birds annually and some 200 different species have been recorded here, some rare and others endangered. Many birds breed here and others seek refuge during drought.
This dubbed “inland sea” also sees many fish species frequenting its waters. Salmon, Bream and the famous Coorong Mullet
inhabit the lagoon and lake system and the Murray River Mouth is known for catching Mulloway. Wetting a line here is definitely enticing.
Exploring the area is easily done on the Loop Road, which is a 13km unsealed road, accessible off the Princes Highway between Salt Creek and Chinamans Wells. The road is suitable for two-wheel drive vehicles and follows the picturesque lagoon. The ocean beach side of the peninsula is accessible to four-wheel drives at Tea Tree Crossing during summer when the water level is at its lowest.
Bushwalkers can enjoy the nature trails around the Salt Creek area, exploring lakes, sand dunes, flora and birdlife. The walks take about 1 hour each to complete.
There are designated camping areas along the Loop Rd and permits are available at the Salt Creek Service Station on the highway. Permits cost $11 per vehicle per night for campers and day use in the park is free.
This is a unique and pretty area and it is worth taking a short scenic detour off the Princes Highway to discover the natural beauty the area has to offer.
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Destinations in South Australia
Lincoln National Park
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