Kayak Coorong National Park, Self-Guided

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 self-guided overnight paddling adventure. Kayak at your own pace, wander hidden beaches, and explore 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 self-guided kayaking in Coorong National Park
  • 1 night of bushcamping on the beach
  • Detailed map of the Coorong kayaking areas
  • Kayaking and camping equipment

Perfect for:
Independent outdoor enthusiasts who want to explore a hidden wilderness gem at their own pace.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Travel to/from the Coorong
  • Meals (food supplies can be arranged)
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Park fees

This trip will run with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 50.

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 you can choose your own pace. 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.

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

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 host at the Mundoo Boat Ramp outside Goolwa on the morning of the first day. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your trip ends at the Mundoo Boat ramp on the afternoon of the second day. 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 such, 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. Review safety and technique, go over the map, then set out on your own to explore.

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; the birdlife in the Coorong is incredible.

Leave the kayaks behind and walk over the dunes to Coorong Surf Beach. Explore the beach, try your hand at surf fishing for salmon or mulloway, or simply relax in the shade of your tent.

Cook dinner over a crackling fire, then enjoy some stargazing before heading to bed under a blanket of stars.

3 - 4 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 exploring the extensive wetlands of Boundary Creek where wldlife and beautiful scenery surround you.

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

Return your kayaks then head home refreshed and rejuvenated from your epic adventure.

4 hours of paddling

Note: This is only a sample itinerary with a lot of flexibility. You’re also welcome to add more days to this trip.


You’ll bushcamp on the ocean side of the dunes at Coorong Surf Beach or similar. There are no facilities at the park campgrounds and the sites are only accessible by boat, so expect a peaceful wilderness setting with sand and crashing waves.

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