Hindmarsh Island

Where is it?: Hindmarsh Island is a large island at the end of River Murray opposite Goolwa . It is bounded by the Goolwa Channel (Lower Murray), Mundoo Channel, Holmes Creek and Lake Alexandrina.

Local Council area: Alexandrina Council

Landscape SA Management Region: Hills and Fleurieu

History: Captain Charles Sturt searched and located the mouth of the River Murray in February 1830 from the highest point on the island. Hindmarsh Island was discovered and named after the first governor of South Australia Sir John Hindmarsh by Thomas Bewes Strangways and Young Bingham Hutchinson in December 1837.

Places to see birds: Lawari Conservation Park, Mundoo Channel, Murray Mouth, Sugars Beach.

Total Species Recorded to Date: 223 (non-passerines 156, passerines 67)

Common Species: Little Pied Cormorant, Cape Barren Goose, Australian Pelican, Spur-winged Plover, Black Swan, Caspian Tern

Less Common Species: Golden-headed Cicticola, Spotless Crake, Cattle Egret, Glossy Ibis, Brown Quail

Note: This checklist is a guide to the bird species that have been recorded in this local area. We encourage you to record your sightings and add your locality on the checklist and return to Birds SA for inclusion in the Biological Survey of South Australia database.


Updated: 30/03/2021

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