Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia.
Published November 2nd 2016
Heart of the Coorong
Meningie recently celebrated their 150th Birthday. It's a big number indeed and through an article I read here on WeekendNotes it was interesting to read that Meningie were putting on some fantastic and fun events to help celebrate their milestone age.
Lake Albert is a fresh water lake that is filled from the waters of Lake Alexandrina - known collectively as the Lower Lakes. The water in the Lower Lakes comes from the Murray River.
The area is a bird watcher and photographers paradise. Lake Albert supports rare and critically endangered bird species such as orange-bellied parrots, the endangered Australasian bitterns and vulnerable fairy terns.
Every cabin, caravan site and camping area has a sensational view of the lake. Two nights in the cabin felt like a true holiday getaway. Drinks and nibbles on our private verandah at sunset, a million stars in the night sky and birds greeting us in the early morning light including a half-dozen or so local pelicans resting just steps from our front door - these birds certainly know how to pose nicely for a photo!
Our cabin was a 1 bedroom - the Swan. It was perfect and much bigger than I expected. It was fully appointed with a kitchen, lounge and dining area, linen on the bed, air conditioning and heating, wi-fi, a lovely balcony at the front door and a full inside ensuite. Incredible value at just over $100 a night.
We found the park to be quiet, super clean and well maintained. There are lots of lawned areas and many big shady trees.
There's a lot to do there if you want to hang around in the park, but the question is - why would you want to when there's so much to see and do in and around Meningie and the Coorong?
When leaving Adelaide to embark on our weekend away, we took the slightly longer but much more scenic route to Meningie via Mount Barker, Langhorne Creek, Milang and then onto the ferry at Wellington to cross over the Murray River to Meningie. That drive is a whole holiday destination on it's own and is on the "we must come back and do this" list.
The weather for our weekend away was simply spectacular so there was no hanging around - we headed off to see as much as we could. The main office at the caravan park has a pile of tourist information for you so that it is a little easier to make a decision on what you'd like to do and see on your visit. Be sure to pop into the office and ask for their advice.
Our first stop was nearby Narrung and it's beautifully quaint and just-a-little-bit-famous lighthouse. There's a fantastic camp ground at Narrung - a great spot with lots of room for tents and vans and clean, wheelchair accessible toilets. We explored up and down a section of the Coorong - the southern Barrages where the mighty Murray meets the waters of the Southern Ocean, Pelican Point, Mark Point, Long Point and Parnka Point - all stunning spots along the Coorong that all offer something special and all accessible in a non-4WD vehicle.
A day of exploring was finished off beautifully by a delicious meal of locally caught seafood, Coorong Mullet - cooked just right by the great people at the Meningie Pub.
It was my first visit to Meningie and the Coorong and I am truly hoping that it won't be my last.
Meningie is approximately 150kms south-east from Adelaide and is a town with clean wide streets with a bit of everything to cater to the visitor. If you're into water sports, then this is the place to come. You have your choice of water activities here! The locals are friendly and there's a very strong sense of community too.