About Goolwa

Goolwa is a historic river port on the Murray River in South Australia. Located 100 km from Adelaide,

Situated near the Mouth of the might Murray river Goolwa has been joined by bridge to Hindmarsh Island since the early 1800’s

Goolwa was considered the capital of the colony and has retained many of its historic buildings.

The name “Goolwa” comes from the local Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal language and means elbow, due to the

town being located in an elbow of the Murray River.

Things to do


  • Get steamed at the Steam Exchange Brewery with Ales, Stouts and spirits produced on site.
  • Travel on the Steam Ranger heritage railway (cockle tran) to Strathalbyn, Port Elliot and Victor Harbour.
  • Ride around Hindmarsh Island visiting pop-up bars/food trucks with the freshest fish & chips anywhere.
  • Google motor museum, vintage Zetas, Jaguars, Chargers andGoggomobiles.
  • Go for a cruise on a paddle boat along the Murray River
  • Visit the Coorong National Park, the setting for the Australian classic movie Stormboy
  • Natural fauna, fishing, bird or whale watching, See seals and the masses of pelicans.
  • There are plenty of cafes, restaurants, pubs and the occassional karaoke bar.



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