Playground: There is a playground for young children on the eastern side of the bridge with an associated BBQ area
Basketball shooting ring: The above area also incorporates a shooting ring
Tennis: The courts can be booked for a small fee and equipment hired from the Information Centre
Fishing: Safe fishing is possible from landings and estuary banks and a catch is quite likely. It is not necessary to have rods and reels as children can have great fun from landings with a small handline. Please return all undersized fish to the water to preserve the stocks for later years.
Swimming: The shallows at the estuary are safe for supervised wading and play. DO NOT swim at the ocean beach as there are dangerous rips and undertows.
Night “torch walks”: These are great fun and allow spotting of many native species such as herons, kangaroos, possums and the odd koala. Remember snakes are nocturnal too.
Bike riding: There is ample opportunity for mountain bike riding around the park but children can ride their cycles around the township area.
Canoes: can be hired by hourly fee from the local Boat Hire operators who will ensure that you know the river rules.
The Tennis Club is located in the heart of town. Visitors can use the courts by paying a small fee. However, you will need to book at the Information Centre, pay for racket hire and buy the balls.
Swimming in the ocean is not advisable, as there are dangerous undertows. The river is deep in many places but shallow and muddy with snags near the banks so don’t dive unless you check the depth. The best area for a swim is at the river mouth in one of the side channels.
There are many accessible places to fish the river. The main species of fish in the Glenelg River, include, Bream, Mulloway, Estuary Perch and Mullett.
The staff at Nelson Boat and Canoe hire can help with all your angling needs and advice is free! You will need a license in Victorian waters but not in the SA section. (available from the Roadhouse, Nelson Visitor Centre and Nelson Boat Hire).
Surf fishing from the beach is also fun. You can take your car on the beach in SA but not in Victoria and do so at your own risk.
Bush- numerous trails around Nelson and some offer lovely views of the river and the river mouth. Obtain a short walks booklet from the Nelson Visitor Centre- which highlights loop walks including, Livingstone Island Nature Walk, Gorge walk, Lake Monibeong Loop & Sapling Creek Loop.
The Great South West Walk is a superb walk for serious bush walkers. www.greatsouthwestwalk.com
There are miles of unspoiled beaches to walk. If possible have someone drop you at the beach access on river road then walk to the river mouth carpark to be picked up.
Don’t forget to take water and fly/sunscreen! Climb Mount Schank for a superb 360 degree view to Mount Gambier and the sea.
Best from late August to November and areas that have been burnt are usually better. Some grow in the township but a short drive into the park provides numerous tracks to walk and photograph the abundant flora.
Visit the local cemetery which abounds with spider, rabbits ears and donkey orchids to name a few. Plant Lists for the National Parks are available from the Visitor Centre.
There is a huge range of wild animals and birds in the surrounding bush and beach. Due to the unique blending of the town with the bush and river, these are found roaming and living along side the residences. The area also hosts a number of endangered species such as the rufus bristle bird and hooded plovers. The estuary is an important breeding ground for sea birds of many kinds.
Bird Lists are available from the Visitor Centre.
Talk to the staff at the Boat and Canoe Hire.Staff will fill you in on the river rules.
Bookings are essential in peak holiday times. There is a ski zone at the Northern end of the town with an associated ramp, trailer parking area and beach.
Canoeing is often combined with camping in the National park and taking a leisurely trip down the river from the upper reaches to Nelson.
DIVING AND SNORKELLING
The World Heritage Picanninnie Ponds is only 10 Minutes drive into SA. There is a short walk that follows the outlet Creek to the Sea. Look for the beach springs and floating rock. Snorkling and Diving is by permit only, which can be obtained in Mount Gambier. Ewens Pond located off the Port MacDonnell Road, can be snorkled without a permit. Port MacDonnell (30 ks into SA) offers sea diving and has a dive shop (which also provides excellent eating out!).
The McBain family runs a series of river tours in covered boats with all amenities. These include tours to Princess Margaret Rose Caves. See the signs for information.
There are miles of tracks around the town and in the National Park for bike riding with suitable bikes.
PRINCESS MARGARET ROSE CAVE
Visit the Princess Margaret Rose Cave either by driving through Donovans, taking the River Cruises or by hiring a boat. The cave is open daily and well worth a visit. Their discovery and development are one of the local “legends”. Access requires ability to negotiate steps.
Further afield are the Tantanoola and Naracoorte caves.
This natural waterhole is named for its almost black water. Access via Winnap Road. Adjacent banks of Boronia in spring make this a lovely picnic spot.
LAKE MONIBEONG and NOBLES ROCKS
Both accessible through pine forests from the Portland Road. Check state of access roads at Information Centre before you visit. Nobles Rocks is a great place for surf fishing and gathering pipis when tides are correct.
A small township on the upper Glenelg reached by driving 45 Minutes through bush and farmland. It has an interesting group of carvings in the town centre and the Hotel provide meals.
A small village on the SA section of the river. Has a boat ramp and BBQ facilities but no shops or fuel.
PUBLIC INTERNET ACCESS
The Nelson Information Centre offers internet access seven days a week.
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