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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  • 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 »
  • We went on a cruise through the Coorong on a small boat that takes maximum 14 people! Apart from the beauty of such a small group (only 5 people on board when we went, including the skipper and his br...  more »
  • It's a very extensive National Park, more than 130 km, with breeding grounds, salt lakes and dunes.
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  • Fun place to get away for the day. Camping spots need to be prebooked online through the national parks website. We came on a nice calm, sunny, cool winter's day - beautiful.
  • Breathtaking....so praceful, wild life amazing and fauna beautiful going to stay on the way back
  • Serenity and peace... Just fantastic locations and beauty everywhere you look... Plenty of trails and drives... Great place...
  • Wreck Crossing Campground is a great bush Campground where you can explore the Coorong. We spent the day at the Granite beach which is absolutely beautiful. Came back to our camp - nice and sheltered and cool.
  • Wonderful views. Great to see wildlife abundance. Pristine. Perfect

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