Jack Point Pelican Observatory

15 min to 30 min

1.2 km

↑ 18 m
↓ -18 m

Easy track
Starting from the car park off the Princes Highway, Coorong National Park, this walk takes you to the Jack Point Pelican Observatory and back via the Jack Point Pelican Observatory Track. Coorong National Park is one of Australia's most environmentally significant areas and contains a spectacular coastal lagoon ecosystem, providing an important breeding area for the Australian pelican, as well as a habitat for ducks, swans, cormorants, terns, grebes and around 230 migratory birds. This short and easy walk is great for families, winding through low dunes and native vegetation to a purpose-built observatory deck overlooking the Coorong's pelican breeding islands, which is the largest pelican rookery in Australia. There are interpretive signs along the trail explaining the importance of the pelican breeding islands and identifying the local plants, many of which are important in Ngarrindjeri culture. At times of low water, walkers may return to the car park along the edge of the Coorong Lagoon. This walk consists of mostly flat walking trails, with some uneven natural surfaces, suitable for most fitness levels. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting There
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Start (-36.0318728,139.5700571)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Dukes Highway, Tailem Bend.
  • Turn on to Princes Highway then drive for 97.7 km
  • Turn right and drive for another 275 m
  • Keep right and drive for another 50 m
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Getting started
From the car park off the Princes Highway, Coorong National Park, head along the walking trail, passing a 'Pelican Viewing Area' sign and an informative sign shortly ahead (to your right). Follow the trail ahead and continue the Jack Point Pelican Observatory Track.....
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Continue another 590 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 590 m to get back to the start.
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Jack Point Pelican Observatory

Class 2/6
Easy track
Length 1.2 km
Time 15 min to 30 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Flat, no steps (1/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)
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