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2015 Walks


Friends of the Coorong 42 Mile walk X small  142 Mile Crossing short walk, Sunday 31st May 2015


On Sunday 31st May an enthusiastic group of people enjoyed a walk to the beach at 42 Mile Crossing. Organised by Friends of the Coorong to celebrate the culmination of Coorong National Park as Nature Play SA’s Park of the Month, the walk had a strong natural resources theme. Sarah Pearson of Salt Creek and her family, being very familiar with the area, took the lead in the walk while everyone present on the day played some part. Samantha Blight from Coorong Tatiara LAP and Chris Thompson from DEWNR provided valuable information on plants and wildlife to assist the group in completing the nature treasure hunt provided. Even though the weather was threatening all morning there was only one brief shower and taken as a whole the morning was ideal for walking. The Ocean Beach was spectacular with a high tide and breakers as far as the eye could see. On returning to the campground the group enjoyed a picnic lunch in the shelter including fabulous savoury and sweet shared platters and warm damper. Friends of the Coorong president Wendy Easson hopes that the group can make the treasure hunt available for general use to help visitors to the Park increase their enjoyment and understanding of our region. The walk was supported by Coorong Tatiara LAP, Coorong OPAL, Natural Resources SE and Shorebirds SE.

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28 Mile Crossing X small28 Mile Crossing exploration weekend, June long weekend, 2015

The weekend was perfect for hiking through the dunes to the ocean beach and generally exploring the area around the 28 Mile Crossing Campground. Information to include in a planned Friends of the Coorong Trails information sheet was compiled for publication. A further walk at 32 Mile Crossing completed an enjoyable weekend.




migratory shorebirdsWelcome Shorebirds! Bird Habitat Short Walk, Sunday 6th September 2015

Once again bird expert Jonathan Starks will lead us through the Coorong sharing his knowledge on the wide variety of bird species and habitats to be found. You can be sure that this year's walk to be held at Long Point will be as interesting and enjoyable as the past 2 events. September sees the start of the bird migration season so we will be having a special welcome shorebirds celebration. Wear sturdy footwear and weather protection. BYO picnic lunch, drink, chair, sturdy footware, weather protection, bird book and binoculars. Bring a spotting scope if you have one! Meet at 10am for 10.30 start at the Long Point car park. RSVP Wendy 0424 261 740.

McDonald Downs hut X smallMcDonald Downs drive and short walk, Sunday 25th October 2015

This drive/walk takes us out into the countryside adjacent to the Coorong to learn some local history and insights into farming in the district. Led by local Jim Pfeiffer, our first stop will be Mc Donald Downs to visit a disused stockmen's hut built in the 20's. From there we visit McDonald Downs Station to view an old Nissan hut and early shearing shed then on to Wandoo to view a more recent shearing shed and reverse osmosis (desalination) plant used for stock. Driving distance will be 15kms and you can choose the distance that you walk on the day. Wear sturdy footwear and weather protection. BYO picnic lunch and drink. We will meet at 10am for 10.30 start. Coming from Meningie the meeting point is 22kms north east along the Yumali Road from the Princes Highway. Coming from Yumali, it's 7kms south west along the Yumali Road past Gordon Road. You will see our Friends of the Coorong sign on the roadside. RSVP Wendy 0424 261 740.