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Our Goolwa accommodation gives you the opportunity to stand at the point where the mighty Murray River meets the sea. In the late 19th century, Goolwa was one of Australia’s major river ports. Australia’s first public railway system was built nearby, making Goolwa the main trading centre between Adelaide and the rest of the world. These days, Goolwa is an historic, laid-back town, known as "Australia’s small boat capital". For a relaxing holiday by the water, look no further than Goolwa.
As Goolwa is located on the Murray River mouth, fishermen and water sports enthusiasts get the best of both worlds – salt water and fresh water. Enjoy a day out on the water in a power boat, yacht, canoe, or the 102 year old paddle steamer, Oscar W..
While in Goolwa, make sure to visit the Goolwa Wharf, which was built in 1852 and is home to the Goolwa Wharf Markets on the first and third Sunday of the month. Here, you can grab hand-made goods, clothes, accessories, plants, fresh produce and baked treats. Art enthusiasts will enjoy the Fleurieu Art Trail, of which the Goolwa Artworx Gallery is a part. You’ll love the vast variety of dining choices on offer in Goolwa – from modern Australian to Italian to Asian fine dining. For those on a budget, there are plenty of cafes, bistros, fish and chip shops, and even the Irish pub, where you’ll find a good feed.
Goolwa is 83km south of the Adelaide airport, so you’ll need to hire a car or jump aboard a coach bus to get here. Wot about visiting some of the other towns in the Alexandrina region, with your Goolwa accommodation as your holiday base? Some popular choices are Langhorne Creek, where you’ll enjoy award winning wine on a tour of the wineries; Hindmarsh Island, the gateway to Coorong National Park wetlands; Middleton, which is renowned for its surfing beaches and whale watching between June and September; and Strathalbyn, home to the beautiful and famous St Andrews church, as well as numerous antique stores.
For a relaxing holiday by the water, check out our cheap flights to Adelaide and our Goolwa hotels below.
Hotels in Goolwa start at AU$111 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.