the Coorong wetlands
During this trip in southern Australia, we spent a day travelling the Coorong National Park, south of Adelaide. This is a long stretch of coastal wilderness wetlands protected by seceral rows of dunes stretching inland for a few kilometres before hitting merino sheep and Angus beef grazing prairies, with a laguna and lots of wild animals: we saw a few emus, (dead and alive) wallabies, a flattened echidna, pelicans, and even a dingo (or lone dog?) while driving along the Prince’s Highway (not mentioning the many road-kills that we could not identify!). It is a beautiful area in which I would have loved to spend (much) more time, especially with our rented camping-car being available: the dunes are fantastic, covered with a sort of maquis, there is hardly anyone around, and parts of the coast can only be accessed by the 4WD beach track (in good weather conditions). The surf was pounding real hard at the place we stopped (42 Mile Crossing) and there were a few fishermen sitting on the sand there. The sand was mostly covered by thick layers of pink seashells and there were also shells in most bushes, captured as the plants were growing. A truly magical place of rugged beauty that beat the Great Ocean Road in my opinion (even though I also loved this part of trip, presumably because it was winter and there was hardly anyone on the road, alas missing the Twelve Apostles at sunset by a dozen minutes or so!)…. The Coorong Peninsula also reminded of this great spy novel The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers, even though it takes place in the Dutch wetlands.