Bool Lagoon Conservation Park
Bool Lagoon Game Reserve and Hacks Lagoon Conservation Park is located 360km south east of Adelaide. If you are driving from Naracoorte, its about 15 mins past the town, on your right.
Parks SA describes Bool Lagoon as:
Bool Lagoon is one of the largest and most diverse freshwater lagoon systems in southern Australia. This seasonal wetland is home to a wide range of wildlife and provides essential drought refuge for many rare and endangered bird species.
I think the keyword in the above is seasonal.
We visited in January, and there was not a drop of water to be found in this wetland!
Now I am sure, that when there IS water, this would be a very interesting and special place to see wildlife. The signs as you enter the park warn about frogs and turtles crossing the road, so it must be lovely when wildlife and amphibians are in abundance.
There is a large boardwalk that extends 500m over water (when there is some). This would allow birdwatchers and outdoor lovers just to see birds up close. We didn’t see a lot of birds when we were there, but we did see a wedge-tailed eagle, which was a highlight to see this huge bird in the wild.
The Parks SA brochure on this Reserve, mentions the snakes that inhabit these wetlands. We didn’t see any, but remember to be aware and use caution when walking around!
There are no marked campsites but plenty of room to spread out. The pictures on this page are all of the camping area.
There is shade which varies around the campsite, though if it was busy, there would be no privacy between the sites. In January, when we were there, there was not a single camper in the park at all!!
The ground in January, was dry and hard, with some areas more grassy than others - but the grass was all dead.
As of February 2015, bookings can be made via National Parks SA Website.
Toilets are available. They were flush toilets. Picnic tables are available too and scattered around the camping area.
Gas BBQ's are in the picnic area.
Without a doubt, we visited at the wrong time. If we are down that way again, in cooler months, we would definitely visit this area again, and hopefully see another side to it.
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