Goolwa is a town located in the southern region of South Australia, Australia. It is situated on the Fleurieu Peninsula, about 100 kilometers south of the state capital of Adelaide. Goolwa is located at the mouth of the Murray River, where it meets the Southern Ocean.

The town has a rich history, having been established in 1837 as a river port for the thriving river trade. The town was an important hub for the transport of goods such as wool, wheat, and timber. Today, Goolwa is a popular tourist destination, known for its historic charm, beautiful beaches, and water sports.

One of the main attractions of Goolwa is the Goolwa Wharf, which has been restored and converted into a cultural and tourist center. The wharf offers visitors a chance to learn about the history of the town and its role in the river trade, as well as to enjoy a range of cafes, restaurants, and shops.

Another popular attraction is the Coorong National Park, which is located just south of Goolwa. The park is a vast wetland area that is home to a diverse range of birdlife and other wildlife. Visitors can explore the park on foot, by kayak, or on a guided tour.

In addition to its natural and cultural attractions, Goolwa also hosts a range of festivals and events throughout the year, including the South Australian Wooden Boat Festival and the Goolwa Regatta Week. Overall, Goolwa is a beautiful and interesting town that offers visitors a unique glimpse into Australia’s history and natural beauty.

Things to Do in Goolwa

Coastal Skin & Beauty Goolwa

Pamper yourself with a fabulous skincare treatment at Coastal Skin & Beauty! Facials, waxing, massage and more. Located in the Main Street of Goolwa. See their website for booking options.

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Kuti Shack Goolwa

Kuti Shack is nestled amongst the sand hills of Goolwa Beach and features local fish and many of the Fleurieu’s finest ingredients, including the mighty Kuti (Pipi) of course. Brendan and Vanessa do incredible things with Fleurieu produce. Kuti Shack is all about creating exciting new and innovative Pipi dishes with local indigenous ingredients. But for those who are still to jump on the #pipirevolution there is a host of other seafood, produce, wine and craft beer from the Fleurieu, cooked by local creative chefs. On the side of the Kuti Shack is a spectacular artwork of the Coorong which was painted by local Ngarrindjeri artist Cedric Varcoe. For more information access their website.  

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Bombora on the River Goolwa

Situated on the Murray River in Goolwa, South Australia, BOMBORA on the river offers a casual dining experience with the sparkling atmosphere of the river. With great food featuring local produce, fabulous coffee and a good selection of house-made cakes. Casey and Joel will always make you feel welcome. You are assured of loving everything on their menu from their signature Freshly Baked Baguettes to the delicious seafood selections!

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The Steam Exchange Brewery

The Steam Exchange Brewery where you can taste high quality hand crafted beer. Set in a the Historic and Picturesque setting between the Cockle Train Tracks and River down by the Wharf on Cutting Road. OPEN WEDNESDAY – SUNDAY 11:30AM – 4:00PM  

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Hectors on the Wharf Goolwa

Cafe / Restaurant located in the Wharf Precinct of Goolwa overlooking the River and Bridge. Dining available inside or on the front deck area. A beautiful spot to enjoy the views while you relax with a coffee, glass of wine or stay and linger over a delicious meal.  

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Mother Duck Cafe Goolwa

The Cutest Cafe / Restaurant, located in the Main Street of Goolwa. Where you will find good food and good wine! Using only the freshest local produce and cooking with what’s in season. A unique dining experience that won’t disappoint.

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Redwood Pizzas & More

Redwood Fired Pizzas – with the best wood fire pizzas on the South Coast! Just ask any of the locals, this is the place to grab a pizza and or ice cream after a long day at the beach or perfect for a sit down catch up with a friend. “Redwood” offers take away and alfresco dining options with a variety of options on their existing menu.

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Goolwa Beach

Glorious Goolwa Beach, approximately 18km’s of white sand stretching all the way to Middleton. Surf, swim and enjoy. The sunsets over the beach are some of the best you will see. Goolwa Beach is patrolled by Goolwa Surf Life Saving Club, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays at a minimum during the summer season – beginning early October and finishing April. Goolwa Beach can also be accessed by 4WD, and you can travel all the way to the mouth of the Murray Mouth! Make sure to pay attention to tide times and signage at the entry point. The sand dunes are out of bounds and driving on them is highly illegal. Part of the appeal of the drive is actually the expanse of untouched sand hills.

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Goolwa Skydiving

Take off from the Goolwa Airport, fly over the breathtaking south coast and experience the rush of freefall at 220kph and land on the grass outside our hanger! Full details and bookings:

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Goolwa Motor Museum

Goolwa Motor Museum has classics from all over the world. Some unique one-offs. 45 interesting cars on display. 1920’s to 1970’s. Collectible Classics has been set up to take the hassle out of selling your classic car and vehicles will be stored in a near new warehouse with 24 hrs / 7 days a week monitored alarms.

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Goolwa Wharf

The beautiful central Goolwa Wharf Precinct is a destination to experience and enjoy.  Linking heritage with lifestyle and entertainment that everyone can enjoy. Jump aboard the Cockle Train from the Wharf that takes you on a scenic tour across the coast all the way to Victor Harbor. The kids will love it. More information go to: Enjoy a journey on the paddleboats across the River. The historic Oscar W offers one hour cruises or twilight cruises to enjoy and will be running again from April. For bookings and information: Fortnightly Markets, held every 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month. With fresh produce, local food & drink, arts & crafts, something for everyone. The Award Winning Fleurieu Distillary, also situated on the wharf, specialising in whisky. A great spot to sit and enjoy a glass overlooking the wharf. The Wharf Barrel Shed Wine Bar on the riverfront offers quality food and wine, with occassional live music. Hectors on the Wharf coffee, dining & tappas on the waterfront.  

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