Murray Mouth is the point at which the River Murray meets the Southern Ocean. The Murray Mouth's location is changeable. Historical records show that the channel out to sea moves along the sand dunes over time. At times of greater river flow and rough seas, the two bodies of water would erode the sand dunes to create a new channel leaving the old one to silt and disappear.Plan to visit Murray Mouth during your Goolwa vacation using our convenient Goolwa day trip site .
The mouth of the Murray River is located about 10km south east of Goolwa and about 75km south south-east of the Adelaide city centre in the gazetted localities of Coorong and Goolwa South. The mouth is an opening in the coastal dune system which separates the river system from the ocean and which extends from near Goolwa in a south-easterly direction along the continental coastline for about 145km. The mouth divides the dune system into two peninsulas. The peninsula on the west side is Sir Richard Peninsula which terminates at the mouth with a point named Pullen Spit. The peninsula on the east side is Younghusband Peninsula which terminates at the mouth with a point known in some sources as Sleepy Hollow.
Water flows throughout the mouth from two directions. Firstly, the flow from the west passes along a passage known as the Goolwa Channel which is bounded by Hindmarsh Island to its north side. Secondly, the flow from the east passes along a passage known as the Coorong Channel. The Coorong Channel itself is fed by the Mundoo Channel which passes between Hindmarsh Island and Mundoo Island to the north, and by the Tauwitchere Channel to the east.
Murray Mouth Reviews
It is an interesting place but nothing interesting. Better go around for bird watching. There are a lot of places. The people in the visitor center are quite nice and helpful! more »
Have visited many times in the last 50 or so years via Hindmarsh Island. A most significant site especially when one has travelled the Murray from its beginning at the Hume Dam. It is a very important... more »
Hindmarsh Island South Australia. The mouth of the Murray Mouth and the Southern Ocean, National Reserve. At time of years a transportable restaurant/café with music. A place to visite and enjoy.
Thought this was going to be an amazing place to visit and it was, except for the rubbish that I found myself picking up on the beach and then having to leave sooner than I would have liked because I could not carry anymore . There are no bins at the end of Sugars Road. There is one located a little further down by the Coorong Café but it was filled to overflowing, and there a no public toilets. The only toilet was a portaloo at the Café.
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