|Murray Bridge||56 min|
|Monarto Zoo||1 hr|
|Mt Barker||1 hr 20 min|
|Hahndorf||1 hr 25 min|
|Barossa Valley||2 hr 14 min|
|Salt Creek||61 km|
|Murray Bridge||77 km|
|Mt Gambier||300 km|
38 Princes Highway
Meningie South Australia [map]
08 8575 1077
To Stay With Us
|Always great value!|
|14 Clean and tidy rooms located opposite lake and park|
|All rooms are non-smoking|
|All rooms are air-conditioned|
|Off Street Parking|
|Café open for lunch Thurs - Sun|
|LCD Flat Screen TV’s with DVD player|
|Free DVD hire available.|
|Centre of town|
|Walking distance to hotel, café and restaurants|
Meningie is a gateway to the unique Coorong region and the Murray lakes, Australia’s largest freshwater lake system. It is considered the northern gateway to the unique Coorong National Park. It is part of the Murray lakes region with many beautiful wildlife and nature walks. Today it is a great place to relax and unwind, enjoy pleasant walks along the shores of Lake Albert, marvel at the stunning sunsets over the lake and enjoy the prolific birdlife.
Originally occupied by five tribes of the Njarrindjeri people, the first European to explore the area was Captain Charles Sturt in 1830. Many settlers followed, bringing sheep and cattle and by the 1840’s the ferry at Wellington was operating.
Meningie was established as a staging post on the coaching route carrying the overlanders on their way to Melbourne and the goldfields of Ballarat and Bendigo. The main Melbourne route eventually shifted north but the area remained an important agricultural and fishing area.
The name “Meningie” is generally accepted to come from the Aboriginal word meaning “mud".
Boating and Bird Watching are great attractions. The lake is ideal for all water sports including windsurfing, sailing, jet skiing, and fishing. The prolific birdlife is a constant source of interest. The area is host to the largest breeding ground of Australian Pelicans as well as Egrets, Silver Gulls, Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, Red-necked Stints and many more.
Trig Hill Lookout the highest point in the town and gives a wonderful view over the town and the lake.
Pink Salt Lake about 12 kms north of the town is one of many salt lakes in the area which are coloured by beta carotene in the water, giving a vivid pink appearance in sunshine.
The Lake Albert Golf Course is considered one of the best country courses in South Australia. It is a challenging and undulating par 72 course of lush green fairways lined by trees.
Visit Camp Coorong for a unique Aboriginal cultural experience. See local Aboriginal sites and learn about local bush tucker and the lifestyle of the early Aboriginals.
The Coorong National Park consists of a long, shallow, saline lagoon of international importance stretching from the mouth of the River Murray for 100kms with the Younghusband peninsula, a narrow line of sand dunes, separating it from the roaring Southern Ocean.
It is a birdwatcher’s and photographer’s paradise with over 200 species being recorded in the area including many migratory birds from as far away as Siberia visiting for the summer period. There are many walking trails from as short as 20 minutes to as long as 2 days available in the park. It has been recognised as a “Wetland of International importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat”.
Places of interest in the park include Parnka Point, Long Point, Jack’s Point, Salt Creek, Chinamans Well, Pelican Point and if you enjoy beach fishing you can access the magnificent ocean beach at 42 Mile Crossing.
Point Malcolm Lighthouse is the smallest inland lighthouse in Australia. It was originally built to guide the paddle steamers across lakes Albert and Alexandrina.
Raukkan Church depicted on the Australian $50 note.
Lake Albert Motel is the perfect location for those wanting to explore the amazing attractions the region has to offer.