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Published October 30th 2016
To see the best of the lakes, you have to go around
Last weekend friends and I took a trip to the Coorong, staying at nearby Meningie. While the Coorong extends from the River Murray's mouth for about 130 km, south you can only get a glimpse of its beauty by approaching it from the Fleurieu Peninsula.
It is a remarkable eco-system and is pretty easy to get up close to flora and fauna. The wildlife is abundant, especially the birdlife. The local fishermen do pretty well, as do recreational fishers, landing Coorong Mullet, and Mulloway along with the famous Goolwa cockles.
As part of the journey, we visited several fantastic sites for a peaceful camping getaway.
Mark Point and several locations along the Kartoo Track are the northernmost campgrounds closest to the southernmost Tauwitchere Barrage. While you can't explore the barrages themselves, the evidence of human intervention here is fascinating. There are not toilet facilities here.
Further south is Long Point, where an excellent jetty will service recreational fishers, and there are well-sheltered campsites. There are toilet facilities here and an opportunity for real seclusion.
Camping with toilets is also available at Parnka Point where the Coorong becomes very narrow, making it easy to check out the sandhills of the Younghusband Peninsula. It is also ideal for fishing.
Another interesting spot for camping is the Jetty Reserve at Narrung, not strictly on the Coorong, but on the road to Mark Point. The jetty is suitable for fishing, and catching a few Carp. The Point Malcolm Lighthouse is a point of interest as is the Car Ferry that crosses the channel between Lake Alexandrina and Lake Albert.