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Goolwa Travel Guide: 21 reviews and 60 photos

Think of Goolwa, and you think of Boats, as Goolwa is located at the mouth of the River Murray on Lake Alexandrina, 83 km south of Adelaide and 19 km from Victor Harbour.

The port of Goolwa is recognised as Australia's small boat capital, and hosts the biennial Wooden Boat Festival. Many boats do tours that depart from its historic wharf.

Goolwa is also the gateway to the internationally significant wetlands of the Coorong National Park and the mighty Murray River and lakes system.

If you love the water, then you will love Goolwa!

The name Goolwa comes from an Aboriginal word said to mean 'elbow.
This comes about because of the shape of the bend in the river around Hindmarsh Island.

It is believed, Sealers from Kangaroo Island were the first Europeans to visit Goolwa, possibly as early as 1828.

Australia's first public railway, a horse drawn tram was opened in 1854

This was used to connect the river traffic at Goolwa with the ocean port of Port Elliot.


Wasn't Goolwa lovely!
It's a very pleasant spot to enjoy a family holiday, or to just get away from it all!

We are still on DAY TRIP 7 from Adelaide. We are moving onto the lovely seaside town of VICTOR HARBOR, and then will be returning home back to Adelaide via a different route.

On our 11,500km road trip, we will also be going to VICTOR HARBOR

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Good holiday location and for water sports
  • In a nutshell:Lovely old town!
  • Last visit to Goolwa: Jun 2012
  • Intro Updated Dec 15, 2012
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