Kayak and Bushcamp in Coorong National Park

Paddle the diverse lagoons of Murray Mouth and bushcamp in the heart of the Coorong. 2 days, 1 night.

Discover the hidden wonders of the Coorong on this overnight paddling adventure. Much more than your average kayaking trip, you’ll take a bushwalk, gather and cook bush tucker, go spotlighting, and learn about the rich and diverse Murray Mouth ecosystem. Cap it off with a night spent under the stars in the wilds of the Coorong. Your wilderness getaway includes:

  • 2 days of guided kayaking in Coorong National Park
  • 1 night of bushcamping on the beach
  • All meals
  • Professional, experienced wilderness guide
  • Kayaking and camping equipment
  • Park fees

Perfect for:
Outdoor enthusiasts who need a quick, all-inclusive, overnight escape from the city. Great for Adelaide locals and visitors alike.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Travel to/from the Coorong
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for your guide (optional)

This trip will run with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 12.

Please note, if there are not 2 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

The Coorong is protected from the sea by long bands of coastal dunes, so the water is flat and calm. The kayaking is easy and the pace is relaxed, allowing you plenty of time to explore and learn about this amazing place. You’ll almost certainly see large flocks of pelicans and other birdlife, and there’s a chance of seeing seals and dolphins.

You need a reasonable level of fitness to enjoy this trip. You’ll paddle for roughly 3 – 5 hours each day, and there’s some bushwalking on sandy trails to get to your campsite.

Your guide will prepare delicious, fresh meals throughout the trip. Examples include:

  • Breakfast: Cereal or muesli, bacon and eggs, or pancakes
  • Morning tea: Local fruit platter and home made goodies
  • Lunch: Local, fresh fish burger, or wraps
  • Afternoon tea: Hot chocolate and home made cake, or wine and cheese
  • Dinner: Seafood marinara or stir-fry

Absolutely, just make a request when booking.

From April to October the temperature ranges from 15 – 23 °C during the day, and cools off to 8 – 12 °C at night. From November to March things heat up a bit, averaging 25 – 30 °C during the day, and 14 – 18 °C at night. The summer is quite dry, with sunshine and blue skies most days.

Sturdy 2-person kayaks will be provided, along with paddles and PFDs. All camping equipment is also supplied, including tents, sleeping mats, sleeping bags, cooking equipment, eating utensils, and first aid supplies.

Your host recommends you bring:

  • Comfortable, breathable clothing for kayaking and bushwalking
  • Lightweight long-sleeve top and long trousers
  • Board shorts
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Shoes that can get wet
  • Swimming togs and towel
  • Sun protection (hat, sunblock, sun glasses)
  • Head torch
  • Water bottle
  • Camera and binoculars (optional and at your own risk)

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Coorong National Park consists of 200km of remote coastline, sheltered lagoons, and rambling coastal dunes. There’s a vast wetland and estuary ecosystem in the park that’s home to more than 240 bird species, including stilts, sandpipers, avocets, egrets, purple swamphens, spoonbills and pelicans. Kayak is by far the best way to explore. Many visitors from Adelaide are awestruck that such a beautiful and diverse wilderness exists practically in their backyard.

Start point?
You’ll meet your guide at the Mundoo Boat Ramp outside Goolwa on Saturday morning at 10:30. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your trip ends at the Mundoo Boat ramp around 15:30 on Sunday. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Mundoo Boat Ramp is located outside the town of Goolwa, approximately 1 ½ hours south of Adelaide. There’s no public transportation.

We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

What to Expect

Day 1: Kayak and explore the Coorong

It’s time to get outside and have an adventure.

Your host is waiting for you at the edge of Coorong National Park with kayaks ready to go.

Push off from shore and enter a world of glassy lagoons, rolling dunes and endless skies.

Paddle around a marshy island full of birdlife and along the channel to Barker’s Knoll for lunch.

Keep your binoculars within reach as you continue up the channel to Godfrey’s Landing. Your guide will help you identify the countless birds that call the Coorong home.

Leave the kayaks behind and walk over the dunes while gathering wild, fresh ingredients for tonight’s meal. It’s amazing what the land provides if you know where to look.

Arrive at Coorong Surf Beach in the afternoon. Explore the beach, try your hand at surf fishing for salmon or mulloway, or simply relax in the shade of your tent.

Enjoy a delicious bush tucker dinner cooked over the campfire, then go spotlighting to see fish and marine life, and kangaroos and other small marsupials.

Fall asleep beneath a blanket of stars while listening to waves crash on the beach.

3 hours of paddling

Day 2: Explore the Coorong and head home

Wake up slowly with a hot drink on the beach before packing up and walking over the dunes to the calmer waters of the Coorong.

Spend the morning kayaking the extensive wetlands of Boundary Creek. Wildlife and beautiful scenery surround you.

Circle back around to Murray Mouth for lunch. Your trip ends at the iconic Murray Mouth Lookout, perfect for a commemorative group photo.

5 hours of paddling

Note: The actual itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, trail conditions, etc.


You’ll bushcamp on the Coorong Surf Beach. There are no facilities and the site is only accessible by boat, so expect a peaceful wilderness setting with sand and crashing waves.

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