Driving from Goolwa to the Coorong in SA??

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 08, 2006 at 13:50
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Can anyone tel me if the road from Goolwa across the Barrages' to Narrung and southern side of The River Murray mouth is open. On my maps it's shown as a dirt track and across several barrages but I guess that doesn't mean it's open. Any help appreciated. Cheers.
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Reply By: V8troopie - Wednesday, Mar 08, 2006 at 15:35

Wednesday, Mar 08, 2006 at 15:35
the short answer would be NO. There is a track from Hindmarsh island but that goes through locked gates AFAIK.
I went through the locks on a boat, on the Goolwa barrage there is no road at all across the lock. Over the Tauwitchere lock there is a track with a swing bridge that locals use but I would say its not for the general public .
You might have to use the Wellinton ferry - its a nice drive..
Klaus
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Follow Up By: Member - Coyote (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 08, 2006 at 16:37

Wednesday, Mar 08, 2006 at 16:37
Thanks V8.. lucky I checked.. the map really does make it look like a road.. I have confirmed your advice with the local tourist info now and they assure me there is no track. Cheers
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Reply By: gonebush SA - Wednesday, Mar 08, 2006 at 17:13

Wednesday, Mar 08, 2006 at 17:13
i live in Goolwa (lovely place) and the only way over is to go from Goolwa to Wellington cross the river by ferry and then down to the Coorong. i supose you could call the little creek that use to be the river murray mouth. they have 2 dredges working 24/7 trying to get some sort of flow happening. what we really need is a good flood and all locks to be opened up.
hope you enjoy your trip.
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Follow Up By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 08, 2006 at 19:37

Wednesday, Mar 08, 2006 at 19:37
Hi gonebush, a group of us, YP 4 WD club, under the Leadership of ROACHIE,( bit of a worry that) will be camping at cobblers hill campground at Deep Creek this weekend, not far from your home 20's, so if you are at a loose end feel free to look us up.
Channel 10 uhf or my mobile ph no behind my rig pick.

Cheers Pesty
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Follow Up By: Patrolman Pat - Thursday, Mar 09, 2006 at 21:31

Thursday, Mar 09, 2006 at 21:31
I might try and call in there Pesty if I get the chance. I'm down at Port Elliott for the weekend
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Follow Up By: gonebush SA - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 21:25

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 21:25
hi, we would of like to but we have a problem it is that we don't own a 4x4 just our mear commodore. thanks anyway.
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Reply By: Dean (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 08, 2006 at 20:59

Wednesday, Mar 08, 2006 at 20:59
Gday Coyote,
As the others have said, you cant get over.
This is pretty useless info but, a couple of years ago when the mouth was really clogged up people were walking their dogs and kids were riding their bikes in the middle of the mouth, what a terrible sight.
I can just remember surfing at the mouth many years ago. We parked on Hindmarsh island and paddled over a large deep waterway, what happened!
Dean
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Follow Up By: gonebush SA - Thursday, Mar 09, 2006 at 21:17

Thursday, Mar 09, 2006 at 21:17
we were at hindmash island about 6 months ago and we watched a 4x4 get bogged in the middle of the Murray, quite a sight.
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Follow Up By: Member - TPM (SA) - Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 12:30

Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 12:30
The mouth is a sad state of affairs, With the low flow its been on the decline for years but with the dredging it is now a ugly place also !
Its important for the dredging but with the massive sand dunes they have created itds totally changed the look of the place.Its impossible to get to the mouth now ( Goolwa side) unless its low low tide and that has made the fishos drive thru the dunes again after all the rehab.
I believe the dredging is a bandaid solution, more flow is needed. I wonder if the PM will back up his promise from 2 years ago for more flow?
Lets hope for some massive winter rain and snow this year.
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