Mark Point

 

Old windmill and livestock trough at Mark Point.  Used to water livestock in the days when they were driven across the mouth of the Murray River. 

If camping at Mark Point (part of the Coorong National Park) you will need to book a campsite online first.

Update

On a recent visit to the Long Point/Mark Point area, I noticed that the roads have deteriorated somewhat.  Long Point Road, from the bitumen road leading to Meningie to Long Point itself is unsealed.  It's not too bad, but the corrugations in some sections are bad.  It is still ok for caravans.  The track from the entrance of the Coorong National Park (marked by a sign only) out to Long Point is quite bad, with horrible corrugations and potholes.  There was a caravan out at Long Point when I visited, so it's possible, but care needs to be taken.  Conventional as well as off-road vans would be ok.  The trcak from Long Point to Mark Point is 4wd only after Potters Scrub Conservation Park.  You would not get through with a caravan or in a conventional vehicle, especially after a bit of rain.  When dry, the track has some sandy sections which require 4wd to navigate.  You can access Mark Point and it's two camping spots from the northern end.  Follow the signs to the barrages from Meningie and you will see the boat ramp and self registration station when the road meets the Coorong shore.  The barrages are currently closed to visitors, but the road leading out there is worth a drive.  You'll see the last of the true fisherman's shacks along the shore here. 

 

Mark Point is part of the Coorong National Park, which encompasses a large area, including the campgrounds mentioned on this site.  Mark Point lies on the shores of the Coorong, a large, shallow expanse of salt water that extends from the mouth of the Murray River, south, for over 100 kilometres.

Mark Point is about 20 kilometres (roughly) west from the township of Meningie which is about 150 kilometres south east of Adelaide on the shores of Lake Albert (freshwater).  The road is sealed almost all the way, except for the last 10 or so kilometres which is on a dirt road, although it is kept in good repair.  

It is then necessary to drive south on a rough track, through a gate (which you will have to open and close), and onto Mark Point itself.  The track continues south and ends at Long Point.  I would recommend a 4WD for this track. You would probably be OK to Mark Point itself in a 2WD if you were careful.  After Mark Point though, it is sandy in a couple of spots and rough in others.  It's a nightmare after rain when even driving a 4WD would be interesting.

Mark Point has two campsites.  One is out towards the end of the point, so it is exposed to the wind from all directions.  There are no mature trees either (although young Eucalyptus trees have been planted) so there is no shade.  The other site is a bit further back, next to a very low hill.  This is fairly sheltered from any winds from the north, but not the southerlies.  Both sites are suitable for caravans (if you don't mind towing them over some slightly rough stuff).

The Coorong was a special place to the original inhabitants, and there is an eerie feeling to it's peace and quiet when camped overnight.  You can here the booming of the surf of the Southern Ocean to the west (over the Coorong and the sand dunes) but not much else.  It is hard to explain and needs to be experienced first hand. 

The Coorong is well renowned for it's diversity of bird species, especially the waders, and Mark Point sees it's share, especially during the Summer.  There is the chance of spotting some migratory species that usually inhabit places from as far away as Siberia. 

If you enjoy photography, then Coorong sunsets and sunrises are well known for their peculiar light.  The warner months seem to produce exceptionally warm colours, whilst the Winter light is clear and the colours vibrant.  If there is no moon, the stars have to be seen to be believed.

Mark Point is quiet spot well suited to bird lovers and photographers, or those who just want to relax for a while.

 

Sand dunes looking from Mark Point across the Coorong.  Mark Point winter sunset.