Coorong National park offers a plethora of activities and sites for the entire family including the keen 4wders. Visitors come from all over Australia for the boating, kayaking, fishing, camping, four-wheel driving and the European Cultural history.
Coorong National Park is classified as a wetland of international importance, being home to endangered flora and fauna. The park is open 24/7 except they are closed on days of catastrophic fire danger.
Driving On Beaches
If you have been hanging out to drive on the beach, make sure you travel when it is low tide. Before you go rushing onto the sand remember to deflate your tyres to 15-20 PSI and re inflate when leaving the park. Be considerate of other drivers when driving on beaches and ensure you do not block any paths when stopping. It is a good idea to stop on firm areas and point your vehicle in a direction that is easiest to set off again.
It is always a good idea to travel with another capable vehicle as they can assist with snatching you out of trouble. When traveling along the beach you are bound to come across areas with extremely soft sand. If you do find yourself bogged, keep your tyres straight and try reversing back and forth to see to break free. If this is not working a pair of maxtrax under each wheel are sure to do the trick. Or if for some reason maxtrax are not part of your inventory ask your mate to snatch you out safely. Beers will be on you for the night!
There are a number of different campgrounds to choose from that offer a variety of facilities. For a full list of facilities on offer at each campground please visit:
There are campgrounds with designated sites and toilets along the Loop Road, 42 Mile Crossing, 28 Mile Crossing and at Parnka Point.
Things to See
Godfrey's Landing is only accessible by boat departing from Hindmarsh and Goolwa island. The Younghusband Peninsula has some beautiful sand dunes that lead you directly to the where the Murray River meets the Sea.
Parnka Point is also known as 'Hells Gate' is the narrowest point between the northern and southern Coorong lagoon.
If you are a keen bird watcher then be sure to check out Jack's Point Observatory. Jack's Point has the largest breeding colony of the Australian Pelican. Make sure you pack your binoculars.
Long Point is a great place to go fishing and a good place to enjoy a beer while enjoying the sunset over the lagoon. The jetty provides easy access to visitors traveling by boat to explore the Coorong.
If you are fit and healthy and looking for a nice long walk of 27km then start at Salt Creek. The track continues south to the 42 mile crossing and links to 4 other interesting shorter walks that are rich in scenery, wildlife and impressive sand dunes. Campsites are also available in designated areas along the Loop Road.
42 Mile Crossing
The most popular entry to the main ocean beach, this camping area for self-sufficient campers is accessible to all vehicles in all weather, although the final 1.3 km to the beach is a 4WD and walking track. The camping area is 22 km south of Salt Creek and 66 km north of Kingston SE, off the Princes Hwy. A permit is required from the self-registration station.
Complete a short walk to the stone well, quarries and the ruins of the eating house. This area gives you a great snapshot into the Chinese History of the area during the gold rush era. It is a must see for visitors.
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