There were originally five tribes of the Ngarrindjeri people who occupied the Coorong and Meningie district.

First European exploration was by Captain Charles Sturt in approx 1830 which was followed by overlanders who brought sheep and cattle.

By 1840s the area was established with large properties and the ferry at Wellington was operating. Meningie was a staging post for the stagecoach traveller en-route to Melbourne and the goldfields of Ballarat.

Today it is a great place to relax and unwind, enjoy pleasant walks along the shores of Lake Albert, marvel at the stunning sunsets over the lake and enjoy the prolific birdlife.

Situated on the shores of the largest freshwater lake system in Australia, Meningie is an ideal stopover on the Adelaide - Melbourne route or on the way to or from Kangaroo Island. It is a wonderful base from which to explore the unique Coorong National Park.

Things to do


Boating and Bird Watching: The lakes and Coorong are ideal for boating and the bird watching is world class. The area is renowned as the largest breeding colony of Australian Pelicans and also supports Egrets, Whiskered Terns, Silver Gulls, and Sharp Tailed Sandpipers among its approx 240 breeds.

Trig Hill Lookout is one of the few points which allow a view over the town and lake

Pink Salt Lake on the road to Tailem Bend is one of many such lakes in dryer areas. It is coloured pink by the presence of beta carotene in the waters.

The Lake Albert Golf course is considered one of the best country courses in South Australia. The picturesque and undulating par 72 course is challenging and enjoyable.

Camp Coorong is a unique Aboriginal cultural experience. Visit local Aboriginal sites and learn about traditional bush tucker and lifestyles.

The Coorong National Park consists of a long, shallow, saline lagoon of international importance stretching from the mouth of the River Murray for over 100kms with the Younghusband peninsula, a narrow line of sand dunes, separating it from the roaring Southern Ocean. It is a birdwatcher’s and photographer’s paradise with over 200 species being recorded in the area including many migratory birds from as far away as Siberia visiting for the summer period.

There are many walking trails from as short as 20 minutes to as long as 2 days available in the park. The Coorong is classified as a “Wetland of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat”. Places to visit in the park are Long Point, Parnka Point, Jacks Point and try beach fishing on the magnificent Southern Ocean beach via 42 Mile Crossing.

Point Malcolm Lighthouse is the smallest inland lighthouse in Australia and was built to guide paddlesteamers across lakes Albert and Alexandrina.



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