Mundoo Channel Murray Mouth

Mundoo Channel to Murray Mouth and Godfreys Landing Trail South Australia
This loop trail starts and finishes at the launch site in a reserve located at the end of the Mundoo Channel Road. The full day paddle takes in the Murray Mouth and includes a visit to Godfreys Landing.

Murray River, Lakes and Coorong

Murray River, Lakes and Coorong

Goolwa (82 km from Adelaide)

15 km return

15 km return

Paddle Time Allow 1-2 days.

Conditions

Conditions

Easy – Moderate

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Trail 14

Paddling Trails South Australia Avenza mapsIf you have a smartphone or tablet you can download the free Avenza PDF Map app and have interactive paddling trail maps on hand when you need them. The app uses your device’s built-in GPS to plot your real-time location within the park onto a map. The app can be used without a network connection and without roaming charges. You can also measure area and distance, plot photos, and drop Placemark pins.

Trail Information

Launch Sites: 
Reserve at the end of Mundoo channel road (Not the boat ramp) GPS: 35.5485 S; 138.8882 E
Return to same point to exit
If staying away overnight then the reserve is more secure for leaving motor vehicles

Trail Points:
The trail starts at the Reserve at the end of Mundoo channel drive.  There are many shallow areas in this part of the Coorong, so it is important to stay in the marked channel.

Do not enter the mouth of the Murray as the tidal waters can be quite strong. Land about 200/300 m from the mouth at the Barkers Knoll Boardwalk (Point A) GPS 35.5590 S; 138.8882 E and walk. Toilet facilities are no longer provided here.

There is a camping site at Godfreys Landing (Point B GPS: 35.5713 S; 138.9241 E) with toilet facilities, however remember to bring your own water as the Coorong is salty. There are tracks at both Barkers Knoll and Godfreys Landing that will take you to the Southern Ocean beaches.
Note: Although there are plenty of Pipis to be found on the beaches in this area, it is forbidden to harvest them as the beaches south of the Murray mouth are reserved for commercial fishers.
Note: Camping permits must be obtained from Coorong National Park prior to departure and can only be obtained online.

If extending the trip to two days a diversion to Boundary creek (Point C GPS 35.5643 138.9182) on the second day would be of interest as an abundance of birds can be seen in this area.
Note: Avoid landing ashore in the Boundary Creek area as it is a private property on either side of the creek

Parking
NOTE: If you plan to make this a longer trip and camp overnight then Camping permits must be obtained from Coorong National Park prior to departure and can only be obtained online

Points of Interest

Coorong Birdwatcher’s Trail  
The Coorong consists mostly of a long shallow saltwater lagoon separated from the sea by the sand dunes of the Younghusband Peninsula. Hence the name Coorong, which comes from the Ngarrindjeri word ‘Karangk’ meaning ‘long neck’.

Coorong National Park
Established in 1966, the Coorong National Park is a spectacular saline lagoon stretching 140km. It is separated from the Southern Ocean by sand dunes of the Younghusband Peninsula and is internationally significant under the Ramsar agreement as a migratory wader and waterfowl refuge. In 1980 the Coorong National Park was included on the Register of the National Estate. The 46,745 hectare Coorong National Park includes a magnificent coastal sand dune system and a complex wetland habitat which supports an abundance of birds, ground-dwelling animals, and fish.

Birds of the Coorong
Which bird is that? Identification of birds, especially the smaller and less colourful species, can be challenging.
Take note of their:
shape – especially beak or bill
unusual features – perhaps their walk or flight pattern
flashes of colour – the head, neck, and underside of wings may give a clue
their habitat – did you see them in reeds, on the beach, or wading?

Coorong Birds Narrung Peninsula Map

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Connected by the water!
 
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📍Hindmarsh Island

In 2008, the University of Adelaide rated Hindmarsh Island as the highest priority for on-ground works in a survey study that was conducted over 15 sites in the Lower Lakes, Coorong and the Murray Mouth. 

The rating was based off predicted improvements for the ecological conditions with 12 ecological values.

This is because Hindmarsh Island holds a strong ecological significance due to being situated near the Coorong and River Murray, supporting diverse vegetation, bird life and native fish, and frogs. 

Therefore, the reason for the high ecological score is because of the enhanced habitat diversity that Hindmarsh Island will bring after the proposed on-ground efforts by the Hindmarsh Island Landcare Group Inc. and Department of Environment and Water (DEW) as well as other stakeholders, across a relatively large spatial scale. 

📸 Sunset time after a long day in the field in the location of my study → Hindmarsh Island 🌿
Goolwa panorama
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Paddling Trail South Australia has a range of Paddling Trails to suit different abilities.

Know your ability

These are easy to access kayak and canoe trails through the Adelaide, Fleurieu Peninsula, Riverland, Murray River, and the Coorong.