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Coorong NP

Posted on 22 Dec 2008 | 0 comments

Whilst living in Adelaide we go tot he Coorong NP twice. Once we still drive down with the Pajero and the second time we are driving our dream car… the photos shown are a mixture of the 2 weekends.

We spend a short weekend down south from Adelaide. It’s only 1.5 hrs drive, so we leave Saturday lunch time and come back Sunday afternoon. Saturday we spent in Coorong NP on the ski’s. We launch from Hindmarsch Island and paddle out to the Younghusband Peninsula at Barkers Knoll where we walk across to the ocean. The paddle is lovely, walk is great. We see lots of animal tracks on the short walk – mainly emus, but only see one kangaroo.

That night we camp in Newland Head NP and go for dinner in Whalers Inn in Victor Harbour followed by another hike to the beach from the campsite.

The next day we walk some of the Heysen trail through the park and loop it back via another walk. This made a great walk from around 10km with beautiful views and lots of wild flowers already out!

going for a paddle in the Coorong

going for a paddle in the Coorong

Jon kayaking

Jon kayaking

Jude kayaking underneath the Coorong NP sign

Jude kayaking underneath the Coorong NP sign

going for a walk to the other (ocean) side

going for a walk to the other (ocean) side

spot the kangaroo

spot the kangaroo

Jon in the dunes

Jon in the dunes

beautiful wild flowers already out

beautiful wild flowers already out

the sand dunes

the sand dunes

pelicans

pelicans

amazing sunset

amazing sunset

breakfast!

breakfast!

the map

the map

lookout

lookout

Jon on the walk

Jon on the walk

Jon still on the walk

Jon still on the walk

spectacular cliffs

spectacular cliffs

there are hundreds of little flowers on these sticks

there are hundreds of little flowers on these sticks

it attracts lots of bees, if you lick the flowers you can taste the sweet nectar

it attracts lots of bees, if you lick the flowers you can taste the sweet nectar

beautiful

beautiful

blue tongue lizard

blue tongue lizard

another paddle

another paddle

our kayaks

our kayaks

great beach for cricket...

great beach for cricket…

Jude on her ski

Jude on her ski

in some places it gets really shallow and it's faster to push

in some places it gets really shallow and it’s faster to push

crossing with the free ferry

crossing with the free ferry

our awesome new car Lara with the kayaks

our awesome new car Lara with the kayaks

picnic lunch by the river

picnic lunch by the river

some wine tasting on the way home

some wine tasting on the way home

We left Saturday morning and drove to Meningie, which is close to the Coorong and Lake Alexandrina (one of Australia’s largest fresh water lakes). We had loaded the kayaks on top of Lara which involved lots of climbing onto the roof, so we could go for a paddle on the Coorong. Had a lovely walk on a perfect beach-cricket ground and hiked across the dunes to the ocean.

That night we sat by our tent and just watched the shooting stars – it was awesome! The next day we took the bikes for a ride along a 4wd track to Pelican Point and had a look at the pelicans from one of the barrages that keeps the salt water out of the lakes. Quite a nice ride, but the flies were horrendous! On the way back we took a small detour, crossed the mighty Murray river on a little ferry, had a picnic by the water and tasted some great wine at Bremerton.

 

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