Coorong Trails Project
The Friends of the Coorong project to map existing trails along the length of the Coorong is now underway! The aim of the project is to identify sections of the Coorong National Park and surrounding areas that you can walk, ride or drive along and to highlight points of interest along the way.
We need your help to prepare information sheets like this. You may have a photo or some first hand knowledge of a feature that you can share with us. Here is an historic video of the construction of the Tauwitchere Barrage giving you a glimpse of what we also have in store.
Maps of the north and the south lagoons are currently underway. Each map will contain numbered dots that relate to information sheets (see above). As the project progresses and additional information sheets become available, more dots will be added to our maps. Maps and information sheets will be made available on our website for you to download and enjoy.
Become part of the Coorong Trails Map project!
Friends of the Coorong are looking for volunteers to help with the following tasks.
Help to compile an information sheet:
You could help to source bits and pieces of information that could be incorporated into an information sheet. For example you might compile information relating to the Salt Creek Replica Oil Rig. This could be as easy as photographing the sign by the rig or it could involve checking out the books that you have on your bookshelf or relevant extracts from online sources such as Trove.
There is a wealth of information including stories that people can tell about their area. We just need to pull it all together. You might like to team with one or two others from your area to compile a complete information sheet. If you think this might be of interest to you please let us know and we'll provide further detail.
Help to compile a personal story sheet:
As part of the Trails Project we are compiling a series of sheets entiled "Living along the Coorong, Personal Stories". We have established a sheet of questions that you can use as a prompt. You could assist us by meeting up with a person who has a story to tell and help to take down their story. Questions might include What is your connection to the Coorong? What are you most passionate about related to the Coorong? What changes have you seen the Coorong go through? What is your favourite place on the Coorong? and so on.
Help us to develop maps of walking trails and sites of interest:
We need to develop an overall map and also individual maps indicating walking trails and points of interest. If you think you can help us in this area we'd love to hear from you.
Share your photos:
Do you have a nice collection of photographs tucked away somewhere? Be in touch!
We are determined not to load our volunteers with any more work than they care to take on so if you are prepared to take on a small role along with many others, we think we can make this big project work. Put together your own team if you like and produce an information sheet for your area or local feature. You can probably think of a few things that we have missed. Let us know. This is a community project. Let’s all make it happen!
Additional information on our Coorong Trails Project.
In preparing the map and information sheets, consideration is being given to the following:
- It is intended that the map and associated information will become available on this website for everyone to enjoy and use.
- It is our intention that this project will be completely run and compiled by volunteers.
- The map will differentiate between trails that are “walkers only” versus “4WD/vehicle/horse access”.
- The map will include existing short sections of road/track e.g. remaining sections of the old Melbourne to Adelaide Road.
- The map will identify existing bush camping sites.
- The map will include numbered dots which will relate to a series of associated information sheets. These information sheets will highlight well known as well as lesser known information including history and stories pertaining to The Coorong.
- If possible a series of sheets highlighting indigenous information will be included e.g. a sheet on “Fish traps” (with map reference to an example of a circular stone enclosure) , perhaps a sheet on traditional basket weaving (with map reference to a location that has the type of reeds used for weaving) and so on.
- It is not intended that any physical infrastructure accompany the project so that our Parks office won’t need to build us any new signs. This will help to maintain the wilderness feel of the Coorong that we all love.
- The project will focus on existing trails and tracks. It is not intended that any new trails be developed.
- The project will be developed in a manner which can be conveniently added to i.e. information sheets can be developed on an ongoing basis as information and stories come to hand.
- It is proposed that anyone can be involved in this project. It’s not just for members. We promise we won’t hassle you to join our fabulous group!
- It is proposed that information sheets (and the map) be ratified by DEWNR before going online to ensure there is no conflict with DEWNR policy so we are taking care to cross all the boxes on this.
The project will aim to reinforce the overall objectives of the Friends of the Coorong, in particular:
- Provide cultural opportunities for members and the general public
- Provide social opportunities for members and the general public
- Build community responsibility through awareness and enjoyment.
Benefits of the map to the Friends of the Coorong and to others:
- We think this project will provide a resource that will enable you to increase your knowledge of the Coorong and surrounding areas.
- We’d like to provide an online resource that DEWNR and other organisations can refer people to when enquiries are received.
- Do you think it is important to provide a record of local stories and information that can be built upon on an ongoing basis? We do!
- We’d like to encourage you to explore the Park (and to keep fit).
- We think we can facilitate greater awareness of remote and lesser known areas of the Park.
- We hope to increase your awareness of safety in the Park.