Coorong NP is a stopping point for birds in migration, and therefore, has become a safe haven for both the local and the migratory birds. Some of these birds are birds on the brink of extinction and need to be protected in this conservatory park. Archeologists also find Coorong NP interesting.
Burial sites and middens (dunghills or archaic refuse) are seen all around the Coorong National Park as proof that the Aboriginals occupied this area thousands of years ago. There are varieties of things to do in Coorong NP.
For bird watching, you can go to several places to look or photograph over 200 species of birds, some of which are very rare and endangered. Some of the places to look are beaches, grasslands, reeds, salt marshes, and mud flats. Coorong NP also offers some very beautiful nature walks.
For an hour walk, you can stroll past ephemeral lakes, mallee scrub, and right over some lower sand dunes. For a ten-minute walk, you can walk to Jacks Point and view the pelican breeding islands. In addition, a new 27 km trail now links the trails of Ngurgie Ngoppun, Lakes Nature, and Chinaman's Well. Fishing is another option.
Fishing by net is suggested at the Coorong lagoon, as the water is rather shallow. European Carp is very abundant in Lake Albert, and is therefore a good spot to take children. They are guaranteed to catch something. Camp Coorong is another place to learn about culture in Coorong National Park.
Coorong Camp is owned and operated by the Ngarrindjeri people. They will take you on bushwalks and other tours to teach you about surviving in their culture. Camping areas are available in Coorong NP.
There are some clearly marked camping spots in the park. Salt Creek, the Loop Road and the Old Coorong Road offer camping sites with sheltered spots. Camping spots that will allow exposure to the wind are Pamka Point, Long Point, and Mark Point. There are also camping sites along the ocean beach. The Younghusband Peninsula offers secluded camping that can only be accessed by boat. Having a campfire is permitted.
From May 1 through October 31, campfires are permitted. You must bring your own wood supply because using the wood from the parks is illegal. Along the beach, campfires are permitted all year long, unless there is a ban. There are restrictions on bringing your dog along.
If you are traveling through Coorong NP, your dog must be kept in your vehicle. The only time the dog will be permitted outside the vehicle is at the beach. At the beach the dog must be kept on a leash, that is not over three meters long.
So come to Coorong NP with an attitude to learn, enjoy and photograph. You will not be disappointed.