The town dates from 1866 and today appears to have three functions - as a stopping point for travellers on the main highway between Melbourne and Adelaide; as a centre for the nearby dairy industry and aboriginal settlement; and as an increasingly popular focus for tourism, especially fishing and boating.
The lakes are Ramsar sites so make Meningie the starting point for a round trip via Narrung and Pt Malcolm. Stop at the lagoon on Lake Alexandrina near Poltalloch Station (which now provides tourist accommodation) to see the abundant water birds.
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