Just a hop and a jump from Adelaide’s hustle and bustle, the Coorong is one of South Australia’s state treasures, and a nationally important wetland and coastal wilderness reserve.
The wetland is formed by the mighty Murray River’s delta, and is protected by a sweeping national park that supports a diverse array of native wildlife.
The Coorong National Park is located less than outside of Adelaide, so is very accessible for all metro residents. While a highway bisects the park, all the best bits can only be accessed by 4WD vehicle – so if you’re planning a visit, it pays to do your research, load up the fourby and set off for a few days of fun and adventure.
While the Coorong is famous for it’s beach and dune driving, there’s also some ripper fishing opportunities available, with some truly massive mulloway pulled from these waters each year, so don’t forgot to pack the tackle box and a couple of rods when planning your next adventure.
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4WDING in the Coorong National Park is an incredible experience, with miles and miles of top-notch beach driving on offer, as well as some truly challenging dunes.
There are also a number of designated 4WD tracks within the park that provide access to some of the campgrounds including Mark Point and Tea Tree Crossing.
FISHING is a primary attraction of the park, and the big jewfish that frequent these waters are the quarry on most visiting anglers’ minds. Big jewfish are taken on fresh squid, mullet and Aussie salmon baits pinned to the bottom of deep beach gutters and holes on outgoing tides.
LOCATION: The Coorong National Park is located approximately 150km southwest of Adelaide, and is accessible via Goolwa, Meningie and Salt Creek off Highway 1.
CAMPING is available at 4WD accessible campsites at Tea Tree Crossing and Mark Point, whereas Barker Knoll, Long Point, 42 Mile Crossing, 28 Mile Crossing, Loop Road and Parnka Point campgrounds are accessible by 2WD vehicles.
Camping fees of $16.50 per vehicle per night apply and must be booked and paid online. The collection of firewood is prohibited within the park and fire bans apply from November through April.
FUEL is available at Meningie, Kingston and Adelaide.
MORE INFO is available at www.environment.sa.gov.au