Hindmarsh Island in the Heart of the Spectacular Fleurieu Peninsula

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Located right in the heart of the spectacular Fleurieu Peninsula with its abundance of native birds, wildlife and plants, Hindmarsh Island is a nature lover’s paradise.

Hindmarsh Island (Aboriginal: Kumerangk) is a sacred island in the lower Murray River near the town of Goolwa, This is where the old meets the new, with a monument at the island’s highest point denoting where Captain Charles Sturt and Collet Barker stood when they identified and mapped the Murray Mouth.

Hindmarsh Island is home to the Southern Hemisphere’s largest freshwater marina development, including waterfront residence, a large marina, kayaking, windsurfing, tavern, café, playground, tennis courts and a biking and walking trail. Part of the river-bound island, now connected by a bridge from Goolwa, has been incorporated into Coorong National Park because of its important bird habitats.

In winter, there are whole fields of grazing black swans and in summer there are the Cape Barren geese around the Murray Mouth. From Sugars Beach you can see the mouth of the Murray River – where the river meets the sea.

With so many things to see and do on the Southern Fleurieu, Hindmarsh Island can occasionally be overlooked. This natural wonderland, rich in history, has so much to offer visitors to the area, so we chose a few (well, 9) ideas to get you started!

CANOE THE COORONG

Mundoo Channel Drive, Hindmarsh Island

Canoe the Coorong is an award winning tourism business offering all inclusive kayaking tours as well as self guided kayak hire. We think kayaking it is the best way to explore the waterways and the most enjoyable and sustainable way to see the Coorong. Kayaking allows an intimate experience with the wildlife of the Coorong without impacting the natural ecology.

The Coorong Tour offers participants an all inclusive relaxing day on the water exploring the Coorong and Murray River Mouth region. The tour cruises along at a pace that allows guests to take in the natural wonders and wildlife that the Coorong has to offer, stopping to explore and stretch your legs. Included in this adventure is a Bush tucker walk through the sand dunes, Cockle (Pipi) catching and Cooking lessons. This relaxed 6 hour experience is fully catered with morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

The Sunset Tour is a lovely 3hr evening experience paddling around the iconic Murray Mouth.  Relax overlooking the Murray Mouth with a sensational picnic of local produce. As you return, marvel at the amazing colour show the Coorong offers as the sun sets for the evening.

Self Guided Kayak Hire: hire a quality double or single touring Kayak and explore the Coorong at your own pace. All kayaking equipment is supplied as well as laminated maps and dry bags to keep your equipment safe. For more information and prices on any of these tours visit their website.

 

For more information:

Visit: http://canoethecoorong.com/

Phone: 0424 826 008
Email:  [email protected]

 

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STROLL AROUND HINDMARSH ISLAND MARINA

The Marina Hindmarsh Island is the largest freshwater marina in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the largest marinas in single ownership in Australia. TMHI has constructed a harbour for 1200 yachts to moor in safe waters and lagoons for over 1000 waterfront villas each with their own yacht mooring. It has received many awards and accolades over the years including the Australian Marina of the Year award in 2003, and the Urban Development Institute of Australia award for the State’s Best Regional Development in 2003. Take a stroll around and see what all the fuss is about.

 

For more information:

Visit: http://coorongquays.com.au

Phone: +61 .8  8555 7300

Email: [email protected]

 

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BIKE RIDING

Encounter Bikeway, Hindmarsh Island

The Marina Hindmarsh Island is located right on the ever popular Encounter Bikeway which caters for all ages and abilities. It links Hindmarsh Island with Goolwa, Victor Harbor, Middleton and Port Elliot and welcomes cyclists, walkers, skateboarders, rollerbladers and wheelchairs.

Explore some of the gorgeous Hindmarsh Island via bike along the Encounter Bikeway. If you are super keen (and fit, and maybe a litttle bit crazy!), this shared path travels 30 kms from Hindmarsh Island to Victor Harbor, so why not make a day of it? Bikes are available for hire at Boomerang Bicycle Hire  in Goolwa (if you happen to forget yours!)

 

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COORONG CAFE

Sugars Beach, Hindmarsh Island

If you are feeling a bit peckish during your exploration of Hindmarsh Island and are looking for a casual meal or a tasty snack in an iconic setting, right at the Murray Mouth, there is a great little place called the Coorong Cafe https://www.facebook.com/coorongcafe/ at Sugars Beach. You’ll find fresh, local Coorong Mullet and Mulloway on the menu as well as beef and veggie burgers with delicious, hand-cut chips. The cafe is licensed but you are welcome to bring your own drinks too.

 

For more information:

Phone: 0432 375 211

Email: [email protected]

Address: Sugars Beach Carpark, Hindmarsh Island

 

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MUNDOO ISLAND TOURS

Mundoo Island is a privately owned cattle & sheep station in the Coorong. If you’re looking for something a bit different to experience on your holiday to the Southern Fleurieu, you can do just that on Mundoo Island. Enjoy a personalised scenic tour of the operating cattle station in the heart of the Coorong country.

This is a wonderful opportunity for those nature lovers to enjoy the environment, birdlife, fishing, kayaking (available for hire), paddock picnics and Coorong vista. It is a magnificent ecotourism experience!  The tours take you from Hindmarsh Island through the privately owned property across the barrages onto Mundoo and Ewe Islands. There are Historic station tours, bird watching tours and photographic tours available, catering to all tastes and interests.

For more information on the tours and all enquiries,

Visit: www.mundooisland.com.au

Phone: 08 8555 2242
Email: [email protected]

 

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View the Murray Mouth

Sugars Beach, Hindmarsh Island

Murray Mouth is the point at which the River Murray meets the Southern Ocean. Well worth a visit and the beach is perfect for fishing, swimming, bird watching and other water activities! Enjoy the natural, wild beauty of the Coorong. It is a place everyone needs to see at least once in their lifetime!. Access via Goolwa Beach in a 4 Wheel drive vehicle, by boat through the Barrage or by car through Hindmarsh Island at Sugar’s Beach.

 

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Visit the Captain Charles Sturt and Captain Collet Barker Monument.

Randell & Monument Roads, Hindmarsh Island

A monument, erected in 1930, commemorates explorers Captain Charles Sturt and Captain Collet Barker near the site where Sturt first saw the waters of Encounter Bay.

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Front Inscription

IN MEMORY OF CHARLES STURT AND COLLET BARKER, CAPTAINS OF THE 39TH REGIMENT, BROTHER OFFICERS, FELLOW EXPLORERS AND FRIENDS. HEREABOUTS, IN FEBRUARY 1830, STURT FIRST SAW THE WATERS OF ENCOUNTER BAY, THUS CROWNING HIS HEROIC VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY DOWN THE MURRAY RIVER. AT THE MURRAY MOUTH IN APRIL 1831, BARKER PERISHED, HAVING COMPLETED STURT`S TASK OF EXPLORATION. DURING WHICH HE DISCOVERED THE PORT ADELAIDE INLET AND FIRST ASCENDED MOUNT LOFTY.

Look for the remnants of times gone by…

For those interested in local history, remnants of a small cheese factory, flour mill, schoolmasters residence and a school can be found on the island. Can you find them?

 

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Photo: Premises of the school and the cheese factory on Hindmarsh Island; May Probert and her dog are in the foreground, photographed on 19 April 1936.

THE LANDING – WATERFRONT BISTRO & BAR

Tolarno Drive, The Marina, Hindmarsh Island

While you’re visiting the island, be sure to call into The Landing Waterfront Bistro & Bar.  Sit back and relax on the waterfront deck, enjoying a drink or two. Even better, stay for a meal and choose from the impressive selection of meals they have on offer. There is a playground outside for the little ones and a view to die for.  It is the perfect place to end your day on Hindmarsh Island. For more information or to make a booking,

 

For more information:

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/TheLandingTMHI/

Phone: 08 8555 1122

 

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