The Coorong National Park was established in 1966. It stretches for around 200km from the mouth of the River Murray to Kingston in the South East. The park preserves coastal ecosystems and is a wetland of international importance, supporting many significant and endangered flora and fauna as well as provding important refuge for many waterfowl and migratory birds.
The Coorong is of enormous cultural significance to the Ngarrindjeri People, with ancient mounds of discarded shells revealing archaeological evidence of Aboriginal campsites over thousands of years. ‘Kurangk’ (meaning ‘long narrow neck’) is the name given to the area by the Ngarrindjeri People. On 14 December 2017 the Federal Court of Australia formally recognised the Ngarrindjeri People as the Traditional Owners of an area that encompases part of the Coorong National Park. The Coorong remains an intrinsic part of Ngarrindjeri culture, spirituality and identity.
The current Coorong National Park Management Plan was adopted in 1991. The plan was amended in 1995 to update the information relating to staffing, funding and visitor needs.