The Coorong National Park was officially established in 1966 and stretches more than 140km. The Coorong is of enormous cultural significance to the Ngarrindjeri people, and has archaeological evidence of Aboriginal campsites from over thousands of years ago.
The Ngarrindjeri people gave the area the name ‘Kurangk’, meaning ‘long narrow neck’. Current management of the park has included the involvement of Ngarrindjeri to preserve the cultural heritage. It is requested that visitors show respect for the Coorong National Park by not touching or removing any flora or fauna from the environment.
There are many historical stories to explore within the park. Chinaman’s Well is home of an intricate stone wall and quarries, providing insight into history of the gold rush era. Salt Creek contains a long walking trail which focuses on wildlife, the sand dune systems and the early settlement of the Chinese.
The Coorong National Park is also home to many stories about the European exploration of South Australia. For more history information, Parks SA has a self-guide history tour available as a printable PDF.
The Coorong National Park has been promoted on an international stage with the movie Storm Boy which was filmed in 1976 and later refilmed in 2019. It’s a story of a young boy who fosters a special connection with three orphaned pelicans. It touches on friendship, Aboriginal culture and growing up in the isolated wilderness of the Coorong.