The Coorong is the common name for Australia’s longest beach, 194 km of continuous sand running from Cape Jaffa to the Murray Mouth, with only three rocks on the entire beach. The beach does not have a single official name, rather each section has local names. The common name Coorong comes from the long salty lagoon that backs about 140 km of the beach, and is the name of the National Park that also occupies 140 km of the beach and dunes. The beach begins at low Cape Jaffa, a sandy promontory form in lee of Margaret Brock Reef. The reef is named after the barque Margaret Brock which struck the reef in 1852. The first 20 km are devoid of ocean waves owing to extensive offshore reefs, with seagrass covered shallows lying off the steep narrow beach. Only beyond Kingston SE do ocean wave start to reach the beach. They gradually increase in height for the next 80 km until Tea Tree Crossing, beyond which the northern half of the beach is one of the highest energy in Australia. The beach finally terminates at Murray Mouth, the mouth of the Murray River.
Beach Length: 0.194km
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