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Getting There -- The best way to visit the Coorong is by car. I highly recommend a guided tour of the area once you arrive at the main settlement of Goolwa, on the western fringe of the waterways, or at Meningie, on the eastern boundary. From Adelaide, follow the Princes Highway along the coast.

Visitor Information -- The Goolwa Tourist Information Centre, BF Lawrie Lane, Goolwa (tel. 08/8555 1144), has information on the area and can book accommodations. It's open from 9am to 5pm daily.

Getting Around -- You can either sightsee by car, with a tour operator from Adelaide, or by boat. Coorong Cruises (tel. 08/8555 2203; www.coorongcruises.com.au) offers both a half-day and a day trip exploring the waterway. The day trip costs A$88 (US$79/£40) for adults and A$60 (US$54/£27) for children, including lunch. The half-day cruise costs A$74 (US$67/£33) for adults and A$55 (US$50/£25) for kids and leaves at noon from the main wharf at Goolwa. Trips do not leave every day, so call ahead to check the schedule.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.