A paddle loop trail from Mundoo Channel launch site to Lousy Jacks in the Coorong and return. This trip involves overnight camping by the dunes on the Younghusband Peninsula.
Alternatively, this trip can be converted into a one way trip exiting at Marks Point.
Moderate difficulty is due to the variable nature of the weather conditions and the need to be cautious in these estuarine waters. It is important to make a check of weather conditions and forecasts prior to embarking on this trip (see Meteye)
If you plan to camp overnight then Camping permits must be obtained from Coorong National Park prior to departure and can only be obtained online.
Reserve at the end of Mundoo channel road (Not boat ramp) is recommended. GPS 35.5485 S; 138.8882 E. The nearby boat ramp can be used but if staying away overnight this boat ramp parking area is less secure for motor vehicles than parking at the reserve.
Exit point at launch site (or alternatively at Marks Point if undertaken as one-way trip)
The trail starts at Mundoo channel road. It is recommended that you park at the end of the road not at the boat ramp.
The route can be extended by visiting the Murray mouth. There are many shallow areas in this part of the Coorong, so it is important to stay in the marked channel.
Do not enter the mouth of the Murray as the tidal waters can be quite strong. Land about 200/300 m from the mouth at the Barkers Knoll Boardwalk. There are no toilet facilities here.
There is a camping site at Godfreys landing with toilet facilities (Point A 35.5713 S; 138.9241 E). Always remember to bring your own water as the Coorong water is salty and there are no natural sources of fresh water here.
Camping is permitted at Lousy Jacks. Purchase a Non-vehicle based (hike, bike or canoe) camping permit prior to departure from the National Parks website.
Lousy Jacks is recognizable by the Tuart gums growing there (Point B 35.6215S; 139.0374E). Note: This is one of the few places outside Western Australia where Tuart gums grow.
Alternatively there is a campsite at Marks Point (no facilities) about 4 km from Lousy Jacks on the Eastern side of the Coorong (Point C: 35.6308 S; 139.0800 E)
Nil – remember to take adequate fresh water if you are planning to camp overnight.
Note: Fires are not permitted in the Coorong National Park
Note: Camping permits must be obtained from Coorong National Park prior to departure and can only be obtained online.
1 – Tuart gums
Eucalyptus gomphocephala, known as tuart, is a species of tree, one of the six forest giants of Southwest Australia. Tuart forest was common on the Swan coastal plain. The wood is dense, hard, water resistant and resists splintering, and found many uses when it was available. Remnants of tuart forest occur in state reserves and parks, the tree has occasionally been introduced to other regions of Australia and overseas.White flowers appear in mid summer to mid autumn between January to April. Buds that are almost stalkless appear as clusters in groups of seven and have been described as having a small ice cream cone shape. The flowers are formed in tight clusters made up of around seven flowers.
For many thousands of years, the lower Murray River, Lower Lakes and Coorong region was one of the most densely populated areas of Australia. These waterways were home to thousands of Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal people.
The Ngarrindjeri have a timeless connection with the lower Murray River, lakes and Coorong. They lived in communities in this environment, referred to as their supermarket. Everything Ngarrindjeri needed was here – clean waters, foods, medicines, shelter and warmth.
The river supported healthy populations of waterfowl, mussels, cockles, salt and fresh water fish, turtles, kangaroos, possums, native fruits and vegetables. What Ngarrindjeri people didn’t have they traded with groups further upstream and inland. They were renowned for being ‘big, strong and healthy’ due to their varied diet and knowledge of the land.