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Coorong National Park

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Coorong National Park is located within the Younghusband Peninsula of the South Australia state in southern Australia.  The national park area covers an area of 189.2 square miles (490.15 sq km). It was established in 1966.

The national park is centered on the Coorong lagoon which is a unique ecosystem that protects a variety of species.  In addition to the lagoon, the ecosystems include coastal dune and coastal vegetation. The majority of the park is fairly level, however, the coastline can be a bit rugged.

One of the intriguing facets of the national park involves the interchange of water sources occurring between the seawater of the Coorong, freshwater of the Murray River, rainfall and groundwater.  The Murray-Darling us the country’s largest river system. 

The various water sources create estuarine, freshwater, and hypersaline bodies of water that support an array of marine and land wildlife.  The Coorong is recognized as a wetland of international importance.

The birds of Coorong National Park include both endemic and migrant species.  Some of the popular species include Australasian parrots, hooded plovers, oystercatchers, red-necked bitterns, and Australian shelduck.


The Coorong lagoon and varied interactive water sources have created a unique ecosystem with a collection of varied wildlife species.  Hiking the various trails and exploring the region is the leading attraction of the park.

This wetland is home to over 200 species of birds creating a bird-lovers paradise. Some of the species in the area are even threatened as a species noted by the IUCN Red List.

Coorong Lagoon

Coorong Lagoon is a recognized wetland of international importance. Birdwatching is one of the more popular activities in the lagoon area.

Coorong National Park Trails

There are over a dozen different trails to hike and explore the park.  Hiking the trails also creates an excellent opportunity for bird-watching and trying to identify the abundant number of species in this tropical wetland. It is a bird lover's haven.

Park Protection

Coorong National Park was created to protect the fragile lagoon and coastal dune ecosystem.  The habitat is a breeding ground for several species of birds.  The region is recognized as a wetland of international importance.  The Australian government recognized the significance of the breeding grounds and set this land aside many years ago.

There are over 200 species of birds nesting throughout the wetlands with some of the species identified as threatened by the IUCN.  The global community must come alongside South Australia to do everything we can to protect these wetlands and the birds that call them home. 

Coorong Highlights

  • Coorong lagoon

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