Coongie Lake camping area
This wonderfully remote wetland is birdwatching heaven, with a stunning array of waterbirds and raptors. There’s a choice of idyllic lake-front campsites, and unlimited scope for canoeing, photography and nature walks. Access is via the 4WD-only Coongie Track, 106 km north-west of Innamincka. A permit is required and you need to bring water and a gas/fuel stove. As this camping area is within Coongie Lakes National Park, no fires, pets, fishing, generators or powerboats are allowed.
Who to contact: Desert Parks Hotline (08) 8648 5328
This campsite is located in Innamincka Regional Reserve
This extensive reserve on SA’s north-eastern border with Queensland is home to some of inland Australia’s most varied habitats – from scorching gibber plains to lush waterholes and wetlands. It’s also a dynamic landscape. During wet years, the network of dry creeks and flood plains erupts with plant and animal life. Yet even through drier seasons there are the permanent waters of Coongie Lakes and Cullyamurra Waterhole, both great haunts for camping, canoeing, fishing and birdwatching. A region rich in Aboriginal culture spanning thousands of years, it’s also immortalised in the history of European exploration, largely due to the ill-fated Burke and Wills expedition. While conventional vehicles can access locations near Innamincka, much of the reserve can only be explored by 4WD. Dogs are allowed in some locations provided they are kept on a lead, but no pets are permitted in Coongie National Park. Check with rangers as some sites can be closed due to weather.
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