Coorong District Council response measures to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a global crisis, and our Council has a key role to play in limiting the spread and impact of it.

Our leaders are staying up to date on the latest advice from the State and Federal Governments, and relevant Government health agencies.

Residents who are experiencing financial hardship may seek assistance from Coorong District Council by entering into a long-term payment arrangement. Information is available on our Financial Hardship page.

For more information please click here.

Update - 25 May 2020

The SA Government have released their Roadmap for Easing Covid-19 Restrictions.

Most Coorong District Council services have now resumed:

  • All playgrounds, parks (incl. dog parks and gardens) have been re-opened to the public.
  • All community toilets have been re-opened.
  • All halls can now open and community groups will be able to book facilities (groups are encouraged to contact Council to work through arrangements).
  • The Coonalpyn Caravan Park and Narrung Campground are now open to the public (including public toilet facilities).
  • Sporting facilities can open in accordance with the new measures in place.
  • Public library services:
    • Tailem Bend, Tintinara, Coonalpyn and Coomandook Community Libraries are still closed to the public, however all are offering a 'phone and collect service'.
    • Meningie Community Library will be opening to the public from 3:45pm - 4:30pm Monday to Friday, and from 10am - 1pm on Saturdays.
  • Tailem Rail Museum, Coorong Gallery and the Meningie Information Hub will be assessed in preparation for Council's executive team to make a decision on re-opening from 8 June 2020.

All Council facilities are receiving regular cleaning to ensure facilities are up to standard – however if you come across anything that requires attention please contact Council on 1300 785 277 so that we can attend to it.

Signs will be in place to remind users of their obligations to social distance. Everyone can play their part in slowing the spread of COVID-19 by practicing good hygiene, using hand sanitiser and wiping down equipment and surfaces before and after use.

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See and Do

There's so much to take in while you explore the trail, but if you plan to stay and explore the area little further there is lots to see and do during your visit. Listed here are things to see and do along the trail and some of the main higlights to enjoy if you plan to extend your stay. If you would like more information or keen to explore the region further visit the Tailem info Station, Railway Terrace, open 7 days.

Educational Signage

There is 5 educational signs to look out for along the trail, approximate locations are marked on the trail map. Make it your mission to locate all 5 signs, each providing you an insight into the river history and environment, featuring anything from the 1956 floods, river weirs and locks to native fish.

Your adventure is set to be informative, interactive and interesting!

Geocaching Opportunities

There are many geocaching opportunities throughout the trail and the region. New caches are currently being developed for the canoe trail and will have the exciting challenge of only being accessible via water! Will you be the FTF?

If you are new to geocaching, a “Geocaching in the Murraylands’ video will explain everything you need to know.

Bird Watching

There is an abundance of bird life along the river, particularly in the backwaters where it’s nice and sheltered. Trail routes no. 1 (Dickson Reserve to Backwaters) and no. 4 (Wellington East via Backwaters to Wellington) are both hot spots for bird watching.

You will see many different birds along the trail, download the identification sheet of easily recognised birds on the trail. Don’t forget to pack your binoculars, and if you happen to spot a bird that's not on the list - let us know!

Bird Identification Sheet, Lower Murray Canoe Trail(311 kb)

What's neaby to see and do?

Tailem Bend

  • Old ferry ruins – Dickson Reserve
  • Cosi’s Rhino – Dickson Reserve
  • Old Tailem Town
  • Tailem Info Station and Railway Museum – Railway Terrace
  • The Bend Motorsport Park
  • The Big Olive
  • Coorong Art Gallery – Tailem Bend Civic Centre
  • Free Bike Hire – Tailem Bend Community Centre – 8572 3513
  • Have a Picnic – see list of Picnic/bbq areas
  • Walking trails
    • Murray Coorong Trail
    • River Bend Heritage Trail
    • River Rail Road Trail
    • Tailem Bend Historic Rail Trail

Wellington East

  • Pangarinda Botanic Garden
  • Wellington East Cemetery
  • Mowantjie Willauwar Reserve – Dog on leash area


  • Wellington Courthouse – Wellington
  • Murray Coorong Trail

Heading out across the region?

Places to play, eat and explore -

If you are heading further afield, there’s lots of place to play, eat and explore in the Coorong. Coorong Healthy Highways (CHH) makes healthy food and places to play easy to find in the Coorong, visit the website for more details.

Hit the ‘Visit’ tab and filter the list by the ‘Active’, ‘Explore’ or 'Eat' tab for a list of places.