Some of Australia’s most significant wetlands are found in this area, and sites at the Coorong, Bool Lagoon and Piccaninnie Ponds Conservation Park have been declared Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance.
A 500-metre boardwalk over the Bool Lagoon wetlands is the next best thing to walking on water, while the adjoining Hacks Lagoon offers more magnificent scenery. Brolgas, commonly associated with northern Australia, are perhaps the most spectacular of the 150 species of birds that visit this area.
The Limestone Coast is one of Australia’s biodiversity hotspots due to its variety of habitat covering coastal and inland areas.
Unique wildlife encounters await those who love to explore, with more than 750 species of fauna calling this region home. At least 100 of them are listed as endangered, vulnerable or rare, including the iconic red-tailed black cockatoo and the orange-bellied parrot.
Valley Lake Conservation Park – located in the Valley Lakes Recreation Area, this is an attraction that allows visitors and locals alike to see kangaroos, koalas and more. Wander along the trails and enjoy a relaxed time in this accessible and compact conservation park.
The region also provides critical habitat for thousands of migratory wader birds who make round trips of up to 26,000 kilometres between their summer breeding grounds in the northern hemisphere and their feeding areas here in the south.
How they achieve this incredible feat is still something of a mystery to scientists – do they navigate by the stars and sun, or can they sense magnetic fields? Either way, they depend on the local wetland and coastal environments to rest and refuel for the next leg of their journey.
Some of the best water habitats are found near Port MacDonnell and Cape Banks, and along the Coorong and Lower Lakes.
Piccaninnie Ponds and Bool Wetlands – while in the region spot the Brolgas, commonly associated with northern Australia, are perhaps the most spectacular of the 150 species of birds that visit this area.
Coorong – further north, the Coorong is famous for its network of shallow lagoons and desert-like dunes that run parallel to the Southern Ocean for almost 100 kilometres. More than 230 bird species have been recorded among the large tracts of coastal vegetation, with some waders flying in from as far away as Siberia for a slice of the serenity.