If 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.
Wallys Landing, Tonkin road, Finniss GPS: 35.4076 S; 138.8312 E
The two trails start at Parnka Point camp ground and travel north and south.
The area is very shallow with lots of sharp rocks. Stout shoes are recommended in case you need to get out and walk.
When travelling north from Parnka Point keep to the left hand side (Western side) of the islands where the water is deeper and there are fewer rocks.
As you paddle north you will pass four islands – Bluff island, Rabbit Island, next Snake Island and lastly the Needles which is aptly named as the rocks are particularly pointed and sharp in that area.
These islands are noted breeding areas for Fairy terns.
You will then enter the Northern Lagoon which is largely free of underwater obstructions but may be shallow in areas. When travelling south the deeper water tends to be found on the Eastern side of the islands.
Prohibited islands South of Parnka Point are clearly marked and should not be approached in case you disturb breeding colonies of birds. In particular the islands near Jacks Point (GPS 36.0368 S; 139.5674 E) are noted for the large colonies of breeding pelicans. The Coorong being the home of the largest and most important permanent colony of pelicans in South Australia.
Paddlers are cautioned about wind and weather conditions in the Coorong and it is recommended that last minute checks of these are made before you leave on your trip.
Note: Fires are not permitted in the Coorong National Park
Note: Camping permits must be obtained from Coorong National Park prior to departure and can only be obtained online.
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Paddling Trails South Australia.
Paddling Trail South Australia has a range of Paddling Trails to suit different abilities.
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These are easy to access kayak and canoe trails through the Adelaide, Fleurieu Peninsula, Riverland, Murray River, and the Coorong.