Goolwa is that town in Australia that is based at the mouth of the River Murray. Goolwa is one of those few towns, certainly in Australia that has both fresh and seawater recreation opportunity. Goolwa is a nice town and an overnight at a minimum is required to get the best out of the place. Over a weekend will ensure a mix of ‘the markets’ atmosphere.

Before 1837 the area was briefly considered for the site of the colony's capital; a 'special survey' was undertaken in 1839–40 with a sizeable township laid out at Currency Creek and land for a port with substantial warehousing on the river where Goolwa now stands; however, the treacherous waters of the Murray Mouth for shipping made it unsuitable as a major port. Goolwa was Australia's first inland port (1853). Australia's first railway was built to connect Goolwa to Port Elliot and later extended to Victor Harbor, allowing goods to move from river boats to sea boats, so that neither had to negotiate the Murray Mouth. Goolwa is increasingly becoming a popular destination for holidaymakers from Adelaide.

In 1935 a permanent barrage (called the Goolwa Barrage) was constructed between Hindmarsh Island and Sir Richard Peninsula on the south eastern outskirts of Goolwa. The barrage separates the fresh water of the River Murray from the salt water coming up from the River Murray mouth. The barrage was constructed to prevent the salt water traversing further up the River Murray and polluting much needed fresh water.

The multi and active War Memorial acknowledgments are quite a unique difference to most towns.

The Goolwa Hotels are both over 100 years old.

The Catholic Church is amodern building. The Anglican approaching 150 years.

There are two private museums and a heritage society proposition. The latter giving an insight into the history of Goolwa

The lake, the heritage and the geographic aspects of the town make Goolwa a nice spot.

Heritage diary


Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course