Coongie Lakes National Par

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Coongie Lakes National Park is one of the most spectacular of South Australia’s natural attractions. A pristine water world made up of channels, waterholes, lakes, internal deltas, shallow floodout plains and interdune corridors and swamps. While Coongie Lakes contains water most of the time, the large expanse of ephemeral wetlands fill after flood and heavy rain. The area plays host to the most incredible diversity and number of water dependent wildlife including native birds, fish, reptiles and frogs. For an arid wetland the diversity of waterbirds is high and birdwatchers visit here as the area transforms into a breeding ground for an enormous number of migratory birds from around the world. It is a wildlife show like no other starring pelicans, herons, egrets, cormorants, ducks, grebes, swans, spoonbills, coots, moorhens, kites, harriers, terns, water rats, tortoise and fish. Not surprisingly, Coongie Lakes is listed as a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance. This listing recognises the true significance of the wetlands to South Australia, Australia and internationally. The Coongie Lakes National Park is also a single proclamation park, so oil and gas exploration and pastoral activities are not permitted. There are a variety of recreational activities to enjoy in the National Park including bird watching, photography, bushwalking and canoeing. This oasis is a deeply spiritual site for the Yandruwandha, Yawarrawarrka, Ngamini and Dieri people who inhabited the area and it also has significant European history associated with exploration and pastoralism so please tread carefully when you visit.

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