Ngrugie Ngoppun are the Ngarrindjeri words for ‘good walk’. This walk starts opposite the Oil Rig monument in the township of Salt Creek and connects with the Lakes Nature Trail (allow an extra hour). Alternatively, Ngrugie Ngoppun can be a circular walk via the historical and bird viewing legs of the walk.
Located 2km from Salt Creek, the Lakes Nature Trail starts from a car park along the Loop Road and follows a 3km circuit. This gentle and pleasant walk follows the shoreline of an ephemeral lake and then winds its way through coastal dunes and several vegetation communities. The trail passes a halite lake where salt was once harvested, before returning to the car park. As you follow the trail you will come across signs and numbered pegs. These pegs are placed near some of the plant species to allow easy identification. You may also encounter Western Grey Kangaroos, Short-beaked Echidnas, Common Wombats and a variety of birds including Emus, Rufous Bristlebirds and Malleefowl. Waterbirds and various wading birds may be seen on the lakes.
Nukan Kungun are the Ngarrindjeri words for ‘look and listen’. This 27km trail starts from Salt Creek and links the Ngrugie Ngoppun Walk, Lakes Nature Trail, Chinamans Well historic site and the ocean beach at the 42 Mile Crossing.
16km south of Salt Creek along the Princes Highway, Chinamans Well is reached by a 1.3km smooth unsealed access road. A step back in time, this area has a unique place in the local history of the gold rush days and the establishment of the stock, mail and communications routes. It is believed that the well was built in about 1856. The curved limestone blocks and the sandstone cap on the top of the well were obtained from nearby quarries. Allow yourself plenty of time to explore the area.
The Jack Point Pelican Observatory is located 3km north of Policemans Point on the Princes Highway. Enjoy a ten-minute walk from the car park through the dunes to the viewing shelter. Don’t forget to take your binoculars. This overlooks a cluster of small islands where pelicans, terns, seagulls have established large permanent breeding colonies. Along the trail, plants have been identified with informative signs. Many of them are important in Ngarrindjeri culture for food, medicine or basket weaving. At times of low water, you may return to the car park along the edge of the Coorong Lagoon.