Coorong National Park, South Australia

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The Coorong National Park is a protected area located in South Australia about southeast of Adelaide and that pre-dominantly covers a lagoon ecosystem officially known as the Coorong and the Younghusband Peninsula on the Coorong's southern side.EtymologyIts name is thought to be a corruption of the local Aboriginal people's word kurangh, meaning "long neck"; a reference to the shape of the lagoon system. The name is also thought to be from the Aboriginal word Coorang, "sand dune", a reference to the sand dunes that form the Younghusband Peninsula..DescriptionThe western end of the Coorong lagoon is at the Murray Mouth near Hindmarsh Island and the Sir Richard Peninsula, and it extends about southeast. The park area includes the Coorong itself, and Younghusband Peninsula which separates the Coorong from Encounter Bay in the Southern Ocean. The Coorong has been cut off from Lake Alexandrina by the construction of the Goolwa Barrages (weirs) from Goolwa to Pelican Point during the late 1930s.The park was formed in 1966 as a sanctuary for many species of birds, animals and fish. It attracts many migratory species. It provides refuge for these animals during some of Australia's regular droughts. The also supports coastal dune systems, lagoons and coastal vegetation.
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  • Along the way to Kingston IF it anticipates the Park "The Coorong". Many lagoons. Vegetation and lots of salty Lakes. Beautiful nature and many places equipped for picnic.
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  • Unpaved but passable without problems, at least between September and October. Magnificent coastal Lakes, various colours, from lilac to a very pale blue ... and the Australian Black Swans in the distance, a real thrill! We cross the street strange reptiles that then find being "Bobtail (Tiliqua rugosa)" these are endemic to Australia. And there were even close encounters with the emu! I recommend absolutely!!!
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  • I went to the Coorong National Park with my tourism class and I spent the day kayaking. We previously booked a lesson with a guy since not everyone had been kayaking before. I was one of them and at t...  more »
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  • The Coorong is a beautiful part of South Australia. Ranges from fishing to boarding to surfing to exploring. This place has it all. Its pristine and tidy so please keep it that way. It will be a gem to enjoy for countless years.
  • We camped at the wreaks crossing campground. Nice flat well protected spots. The are only 6 spots at the wreaks total so make sure you book in busy periods. You don't need a 4x4 to access the camp grounds, but if you have one there's lots of beach driving to be done.
  • Great wilderness and maybe the best place in the world to see Pelican nurseries. If you travel from Adelaide to Melbourne, it is really worthy to stop at the Coorong National Park. The electronic booking system has made it difficult for travellers to a suitable site.
  • Really good park the drive into the park is great you get a good feel of how big the park is and can accordingly choose a trail, the lake was dried up but still really beautiful you can see the dried up salt. The trails are really fun to walk through you can see a lot of the park and its wildlife.
  • Author Colin Thiele put it perfectly when he wrote "..the Coorong above all else is spirit - peace of isolation, regeneration of solitude, therapy of loneliness." A stunningly quiet and beautiful place.
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