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From Good Living: SA Parks Blog 

The Coorong isn’t just where Storm Boy was filmed. Get to know one of SA’s most environmentally significant areas.

Here are interesting facts you might not know about one of the most environmentally significant areas in South Australia – the Coorong and lakes Alexandrina and Albert wetland.

1. It’s a Ramsar-listed wetland of international importance

Located at the downstream end of the Murray-Darling river system, the Coorong and lakes Alexandrina and Albert wetland is internationally recognised under the Ramsar Convention as one of Australia's most significant wetland systems.

Covering approximately 142, 500 hectares, this unique mosaic of 23 wetland types ranging from freshwater, estuarine and marine provides a habitat for nationally and internationally significant species of birds, fish and plants.

2. The area used to be one of the most densely populated areas in Australia

The lower River Murray including the Coorong and Lower Lakes was one of the most densely populated areas of Australia prior to European settlement. The Traditional Owners, the ‘Ngarrindjeri’, have lived here for many thousands of years and the Coorong remains an intrinsic part of their culture, spirituality and identity.

3. The name Coorong comes from the Ngarrindjeri name kurangk, or ‘long narrow neck’

‘Kurangk’ (meaning ‘long narrow neck’) is the name given to the area by the Ngarrindjeri people.

Ngarrindjeri continue to live on their Country, maintaining their language and cultural identity.

4. Coorong National Park is more than 50 years old and 130 kilometres long

Established in 1966, Coorong National Park consists of a 130km stretch of estuarine lagoons protected from the Southern Ocean by the sweeping sand dunes of the Young Husband Peninsula.

The park helps to protect the fish, birds and other animal species that live in the area. It provides habitat for nationally threatened species such as the:

  • orange-bellied parrot

  • Mount Lofty Ranges southern emu-wren

  • freckled duck

  • hooded plover

  • fairy tern

  • Murray hardyhead

  • southern pygmy perch

  • Yarra pygmy perch

  • southern bell frog.

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(Main image courtesy of Brayden Mann)

 

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