Malkumba-Coongie Lakes National Park

Coongie Lakes National Park is now known as Malkumba-Coongie Lakes National Park.

Malkumba-Coongie Lakes National Park has reopened. After being closed due to floodwaters, the floodplains north of Kudriemitchie have finally dried out.  

Malkumba-Coongie Lakes National Park is one of the most spectacular of South Australia's natural attractions. The park is a pristine water world made up of channels, waterholes, lakes, internal deltas, shallow floodplains and interdune corridors and swamps.

This arid wetland plays host to a diversity of wildlife including native birds, fish, reptiles and frogs and transforms into a breeding ground for an enormous number of migratory birds from around the world.

Birdwatching, photography, bushwalking and canoeing are popular ways to enjoy the park's wilderness setting.

Co-management of the park involves a partnership between the government of South Australia and traditional owners to share responsibility and decision making for the strategic management of the park. A co-management committee (in accordance with a co-management agreement between the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation and the traditional owners, Yandruwandha and Yawarrawarrka people) co-manage Malkumba-Coongie Lakes National Park.

Take the virtual tour of Malkumba-Coongie Lakes National Park, courtesy of Georama.


Malkumba-Coongie Lakes National Park is located 100km north west of Innamincka. Access is along the Strzelecki Track, via Leigh Creek.

Opening times

Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Fees apply.

Fire information

Wood fires and solid fuel fires are prohibited throughout the year. 

Gas fires are permitted other than on days of total fire ban.

Find out more information about fire restrictions.

Contact us

Desert parks information - Phone: (+61 8) 8648 5328
DEWNR Port Augusta office - Phone: (+61 8) 8648 5300
Transport SA Road Report Hotline - Phone: 1300 361 033

Important information

Please refer to the latest Desert Parks Bulletin for current access and road condition information.

This park may be closed on days of extreme fire danger.

Access may be restricted due to local road conditions.

The following is not permitted in Malkumba-Coongie Lakes National Park:

  • dogs and other pets 
  • motorboats 
  • generators.

Brochures and maps

Flora species

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