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Population 939

Today Meningie is an attractive lakeside town, but it was once a wilderness area, home to the Ngarrindjeri people, who had a self-sufficient lifestyle on the water. They made canoes to fish on the waterways and shelters to protect themselves from the weather. However, European settlement – after Captain Charles Sturt's journey down the Murray from 1829 to 1830 – soon wiped out much of the population, largely through violence and the introduction of smallpox. Stretching south from the mouth of the Murray and located just south of Meningie, the Coorong, with its lakes, birdlife, fishing and deserted ocean beaches, attracts visitors year-round.

Visitor Information

The Chamber, 14 Princes Hwy; (08) 8575 1770

Nearby national parks

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In Town

The Cheese Factory Museum Restaurant: a restaurant and separate community museum with special interest in the changing population of Meningie and the Coorong; closed Mon; Fiebig Rd.

Coorong Cottage Industries: local craft and produce; The Chambers, Princes Hwy.


Coorong National Park Listed as a 'wetland of international importance', this park's waterways, islands and vast saltpans demonstrate a diverse ecological environment invaluable for the refuge and habitat of migratory and drought-stricken birds. Throughout the park are reminders of the long history of habitation by the Ngarrindjeri people. There are ancient midden heaps and burial grounds, and the Ngarrindjeri people continue to have strong links with the Coorong. There are a number of ways to see the park: take a boat, canoe or cruise on the waterways; walk one of the varied tracks offered; drive your 4WD onto the Southern Ocean beach; or simply sit and soak up the park's atmosphere. Walking is the best way to access great coastal views, birdwatching spots and historic ruins. The most comprehensive walk in the park is the Nukan Kungun Hike. This 27 km hike starts at Salt Creek and includes smaller, side trails, including the informative walk to Chinaman's Well, the ruins of a temporary settlement that sprang up en route to the goldfields. The hike ends at the 42 Mile Crossing Sand Dune Walk, which leads to the wild Southern Ocean; (08) 8575 1200; 10 km S.

Scenic drive: follows Lake Albert to the west, adjacent to Lake Alexandrina, which is the largest permanent freshwater lake in the country (50 000 ha). Ferry crossing at Narrung.

Camp Coorong: cultural centre offering bush-tucker tours and other traditional Aboriginal experiences; (08) 8575 1557; 10 km S.

Coorong Wilderness Lodge: operated by the Ngarrindjeri people, this accommodation lodge offers Aboriginal heritage tours of the Coorong as well as traditional bush tucker and other cultural experiences; Hacks Point; (08) 8575 6001; 25 km S.

Poltalloch Station: a historic pastoral property established in the 1830s as a sheep station. Guided tours take in a heritage-listed farm village and museum, historic farm machinery, and past and present farm life. Cottage accommodation available; Poltalloch Rd near Narrung; (08) 8574 0043; 30 km NW.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Birdwatching around the Fleurieu Peninsula 54 km

Abutting the Coorong, and with wetlands, beaches and a wide variety of terrain, the Fleurieu Peninsula is a top spot for birdwatching. There is a hide off Barrage Road at Goolwa, and the Goolwa Effluent Ponds can have... Find out more

Whale-watching on the Fleurieu Peninsula 62 km

Between May and October, southern right whales often cruise right next to the shore of the Fleurieu Peninsula. Popular viewing spots include Port Elliot, Goolwa, Middleton and Victor Harbor, but your best starting point... Find out more

Swimming along the Fleurieu Peninsula 67 km

There are plenty of great swimming beaches along the peninsula. Victor Harbor has a plethora to choose from – including Kent Reserve and Dump Beach – but there is also Horseshoe Bay at Port Elliot, and the... Find out more

Nearby breweries

The Steam Exchange Company 54 km

South Australia seems to have more than its fair share of craft breweries in significant historical locations, and The Steam Exchange Brewery is no exception. It’s housed in a heritage-listed former railway goods... Find out more

Campsites around town

Long Point camping area 16 km

There are good views of the northern lagoon from this site for self-sufficient campers on the eastern shore, and there's access to a small jetty. It’s 26 km west of Meningie off Long Point Rd. A permit is... Find out more

Parnka Point camping area 24 km

There are fine views and sheltered sites from this peninsula, 23 km south of Meningie, close to the narrows marking the boundary between the north and south lagoons. Accessed from the Princes Hwy, the camping area is 2.1... Find out more

Mark Point camping area 24 km

Close to the water, with a boat launch, Mark Point is reached from Mark Point Rd, 35 km west of Meningie. Permits are available from self-registration stations within the park.... Find out more

Godfreys Landing camping area (boat-based camping) 41 km

Beach camping just south of the Murray Mouth is accessible by boat only. Come equipped for self-sufficient camping, and pick up a permit from the self-registration station. There is a limit of 6 people per site.... Find out more

Barker Knoll camping area (boat-based camping) 42 km

This is a great beach location for self-sufficient campers, right at the Murray Mouth and reached only by boat via Goolwa or Mundoo Channel, or from Hindmarsh Island. Pick up a permit from the self-registration station.... Find out more

Messent camping area (bush camping) 57 km

Remote bush camping is reached from Bellar Rd if you’re coming from the north, or from Salt Creek Rd if accessing from the south. Contact Parks SA for camping details and a permit.... Find out more

Loop Road camping area 57 km

Pleasant bush sites are scattered among the mallee and tea-tree scrub close to Salt Creek, with good nature walks nearby. It is situated 60 km south of Meningie, 4 km south of Salt Creek, on Loop Rd.... Find out more

Tea Tree Crossing camping area 63 km

This camping area for self-sufficient campers has 4WD access only in late summer, owing to lagoon levels. It’s 9 km south of Salt Creek via Loop Rd; a permit is required.... Find out more

Cole Crossing camping area 68 km

Around 17 km north-east of Mt Compass, this peaceful camping area is reached from Cole Crossing Rd, 6 km south of Mt Magnificent Rd. No fires: only gas/fuel stoves are permitted.... Find out more

42 Mile Crossing camping area 74 km

The most popular entry to the main ocean beach, this camping area for self-sufficient campers is accessible to all vehicles in all weather, although the final 1.3 km to the beach is a 4WD and walking track. The camping... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Lake Albert Caravan Park 1 km

Located on the shores of the freshwater Lake Albert, about 1 km from the town centre, this is a budget-priced park with a great expanse of lawn and shady trees. It is a well laid out and well-managed park, with good... Find out more

Milang Lakeside Caravan Park 45 km

This neat and shady park on the western shores of Lake Alexandrina is the ideal getaway destination for those wanting to have a few quiet days in a waterside location. Bookings are required during Christmas and Easter... Find out more

Goolwa Caravan Park 52 km

Located 4 km from the town centre, in a quiet waterside area, this is a big park with large numbers of both annual sites and powered tourist sites, as well as an enormous number of unpowered sites. Reservations must be... Find out more

Westbrook Park River Resort 52 km

This owner-operated park has grassy sites nestled by the banks of the Murray River, just 6 km north-west of town. Within easy driving distance of Adelaide, it is good for an overnight stop or suitable for a longer stay,... Find out more

Port Elliot Holiday Park 61 km

Located just 2 km from Port Elliot, between Victor Harbor and Goolwa in a fabulous beachfront position, this is an excellent place to stay year round. We feel this is one of the great seaside caravan parks on the... Find out more

Murray Bridge Resort Caravan Park and Marina 62 km

This park is in a great location, away from busy roads and a marina on the shores of the Murray River. The spacious park has good amenities and is pet friendly. It's about 3 km from the town centre. Bookings are... Find out more

Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park 67 km

Right on the beachfront, this park is also within walking distance of the town centre (1.5 km). It is a quality tourist park with good facilities. Ideal for a few days or an extended stay, bookings are required during... Find out more

Mount Compass Caravan Park 75 km

As neat as a pin, this newer caravan park in a rural setting has reached a high standard in its early years. It is a great inland base for exploring the Fleurieu Peninsula. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Campbell Park Cottage

Unassuming at first glance, this former station manager’s residence soon reveals a confident injection of contemporary style. Accommodating three couples in refined comfort, it boasts a modern, well-groomed kitchen... Find out more

Poltalloch Station

Few 19th-century farming estates are better preserved than Poltalloch Station. Here you’ll find an impressive collection of farm buildings scattered in park-like grounds among paddocks of grazing cattle and groves... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Coorong Wilderness Lodge 23 km

Opened early in 2009, the five beautiful cabins here on a limestone cliff on Aboriginal lands have 180 degree views over the Coorong, with pelicans, ducks and other birds flying past at window height. The cabins have... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Meningie park area

At Meningie

Adjacent to the highway and on the shores of a lake.

Parnka Point camping area 24 km

T/O 23km S of Meningie (R) or 121km NW of Kingston (L)

Two camping areas located 2km (unsealed) south of the highway on the foreshore in Coorong National Park. Toilets at nearby 'day use only' area.

Coomandook park area 40 km

At Coomandook

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Tailem Bend South rest area 43 km

6km S of Tailem Bend (R) or 46km N of Meningie (L)

Just off the highway among trees.

Pinnum rest area 44 km

10km NW of Coonalpyn (L)

Sheltered among trees just off the highway. For northbound only.

Coonalpyn park area 47 km

At Coonalpyn

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Culburra rest area 56 km

13km NW of Tintinara (L)

Secluded among trees well off the highway. For northbound only.

Loop Road camping area 57 km

T/O 61km SE of Meningie (R) or 83km NW of Kingston (L)

Opposite a lake 1km (unsealed) off the highway in Coorong National Park.

Sherlock rest area 59 km

At Sherlock

Adjacent to the highway under a couple of trees. Opposite the general store.

Monteith rest area 59 km

4km E of Swanport Bridge (L) or 15km NW of Tailem Bend (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Jackmans Lookout rest area 60 km

0.5km E of Swanport Bridge (L) or 19km W of Tailem Bend (R)

At the lookout overlooking the river.

Peake rest area 66 km

At Peake

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Tintinara park area 69 km

At Tintinara

Adjacent to the highway. At the south end of town.

Forty-Two-Mile Crossing camping area 75 km

T/O 78km S of Meningie (R) or 66km N of Kingston (L)

At a clearing behind dunes 3km (unsealed) west of the highway in Coorong National Park.

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