Hindmarsh Island

89 kilometres from Adelaide

This is where the old meets the new, with a monument at the island's highest point symbolising where Captain Charles Sturt and Collet Barker stood when he identified and mapped the Murray Mouth.

Hindmarsh Island is home to the Southern Hemisphere's largest freshwater marina development, including waterfront residences, a large marina, kayaking, windsurfing, tavern, café, playground, tennis courts and a biking and walking trail.

Part of the river-bound island, now connected by a bridge from Goolwa, has been incorporated into Coorong National Park because of its important bird habitats. In winter there are whole fields of grazing black swans and in summer there are flocks of Cape Barren geese.

The highlight of any visit is to marvel at the Murray Mouth. From Sugars Beach you can see the mouth of the Murray River – where the river meets the sea.

Hindmarsh Island is home to the only island (Lonely Island) within an island (Hindmarsh Island) within an island (Australia) in the southern hemisphere. Lonely Island is located in the centre of a dried up salt lake, that fills with water in winter.