This loop trail starts and finishes at the launch site in a reserve located at the end of the Mundoo Channel Road. The full day paddle takes in the Murray Mouth and includes a visit to Godfreys Landing.
Reserve at the end of Mundoo channel road (Not the boat ramp) GPS: 35.5485 S; 138.8882 E
Return to same point to exit
If staying away overnight then the reserve is more secure for leaving motor vehicles
The trail starts at the Reserve at the end of Mundoo channel drive. 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 (Point A) GPS 35.5590 S; 138.8882 E and walk. Toilet facilities are no longer provided here.
There is a camping site at Godfreys Landing (Point B GPS: 35.5713 S; 138.9241 E) with toilet facilities, however remember to bring your own water as the Coorong is salty. There are tracks at both Barkers Knoll and Godfreys Landing that will take you to the Southern Ocean beaches.
Note: Although there are plenty of Pipis to be found on the beaches in this area, it is forbidden to harvest them as the beaches south of the Murray mouth are reserved for commercial fishers.
Note: Camping permits must be obtained from Coorong National Park prior to departure and can only be obtained online.
If extending the trip to two days a diversion to Boundary creek (Point C GPS 35.5643 138.9182) on the second day would be of interest as an abundance of birds can be seen in this area.
Note: Avoid landing ashore in the Boundary Creek area as it is private property on either side of the creek
CAUTION: the weather can change fairly quickly and a last-minute check of weather forecasts is important prior to embarking on this trip.
Check Meteye for information about the latest forecast and wind warnings.
Also be aware of strong currents near the Murray Mouth particularly when there are high spring tides
NOTE: If you plan to make this a longer trip and camp overnight then Camping permits must be obtained from Coorong National Park prior to departure and can only be obtained online
- Coorong Birdwatcher’s Trail
The Coorong consists mostly of a long shallow saltwater lagoon separated from the sea by the sand dunes of the Younghusband Peninsula. Hence the name Coorong, which comes from the Ngarrindjeri word ‘Karangk’ meaning ‘long neck’.
- Coorong National Park
Established in 1966, the Coorong National Park is a spectacular saline lagoon stretching 140km. It is separated from the Southern Ocean by sand dunes of the Younghusband Peninsula, and is internationally significant under the Ramsar agreement as a migratory wader and waterfowl refuge.In 1980 the Coorong National Park was included on the Register of the National Estate. The 46,745 hectare Coorong National Park includes a magnificent coastal sand dune system and a complex wetland habitat which supports an abundance of birds, ground-dwelling animals and fish.
- Birds of the Coorong
Which bird is that? Identification of birds, especially the smaller and less colourful species, can be challenging.
Take note of their:
shape – especially beak or bill
unusual features – perhaps their walk or flight pattern
flashes of colour – the head, neck and underside of wings may give a clue
their habitat – did you see them in reeds, on the beach, or wading?