"Diverse Beauty to be found in SA" Top 5 Page for this destination State of South Australia by hennanights
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The Coorong, home to the Ngarrindjeri Aboriginals, is one of South Australia's most beautiful, and interesting national parks. The Murray river, which runs two and a half thousand kilometres from the highlands of New South Wales and Victoria through South Australia, is home to many birds, animals, reptiles and of course an abundance of plants.
The diversity of the area covered by the river offers a variety of landscapes and even climates to enjoy. Wind swept beaches offer a cool breeze, arid lands where the sun can be very hot in the summer, and river mists that will put a chill in the air.
Travellers can find many lookouts, walking tracks or viewing points scattered along the main roads. For those with 4WD there are loads of dirt or sand roads to explore.
If shopping's your thing then just about every small country town has its own unique homemade craft shop to explore. If you looking for more exciting purchases the head for such great locations as Goolwa where the main street in clustered with stores catering to travellers. Its a great place to pick up artwork by some of SA's artistes.
For those looking for adventure you can just about hire, buy or charter just about anything that floats. There is water skiing, boating and of course fishing.
Country SA offers a wide selection of foods for all tastes. You can visit wineries to sample the grapes and cuisine, or you can grab some fish and chips to eat on the riverbank.
For information visit http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/coorong/
There are many places to set up camp on this beach if you have a 4WD. You will need to get a permit from one of the self registration points in the park.
You can nestle between sand dune, some which were formed 6,000 to 20,000 years ago.
There are no facilities on the beach and the roads can be hard going. Once you are there though you will be rewarded with stunning scenery during the day and sky crammed full of stars in the evening.
Its advisable to take plenty of sun screen for the afternoons, plenty of bug spray, and a warm jumper for the evenings.
You should check fire bans before setting up a camp fire.
I can highly recommend Meningie caravan park. Set right on the river with a nice sandy swimming area which harbours pelicans. Great facilities with a well maintained gardens. There are lots of shady trees to sit under. The park has a real family feel to it and the staff are very friendly. If you like birds then you will be delighted with the many small flocks of finches hiding in the bush around the campsites.
The town itself has a couple of nice restaurants to choose from. We had a great meal at one of the 2 hotels in the main street.
- Pros:Get back to the basics - Sky, Sea and Sun!
- Cons:Lots of fly insects that can and do bite.
- In a nutshell:So much more then a sleepy city.
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