The Australasian Hotel is a double story building built in 1858 out of lime. In 1934, it was sold and became a private residence, now you can stay in it.There is quite an unusual story that goes with this Hotel.In the 1800's, there were lots of deaths by drowning, etc in Goolwa, and there wasn't a Morgue in town. The Australasian Hotel was used to...more
Continuing onto Victor Harbour, our next town we stop at is Port Elliot.Located on the coastline, it has some magnificent coastal scenery to be enjoyed from its many viewing spots.Paths are beckoning for you to enjoy coastal walks around the headlands and protected bays.Picturesque Horseshoe Bay is a protected swimming beach which is very popular...more
Heading to Victor Harbor from Goolwa, the next town is Middleton. Middleton is a popular spot for surfers and fishermen due to its spectacular beach, and between June & September, the Southern Right Whale can often be seen.About 90% of the time, the whales are spotted at Basham's Beach between Middleton and Port Elliot. The Encounter Pathway is a...more
After seeing all I wanted in Goolwa town, it was time to hit the road and follow the signpost which pointed to the "Barrages." The drive is alongside the River, where there were quite a few water birds, and in some places, "hides."At the end of the road, we parked the car and had a look at the Barrage stretching across the Murray River. This was...more
The main street of Goolwa has many heritage buildings, so many, that the whole of this old area was Heritage listed.As I walked along, I came across the old Council Chambers which incorporate the original Town Hall, these were built in 1860. On the footpath, is a ceramic mural, not the only one I saw, later a nice Pelican on a wall. The shop fronts...more
A Horse drawn railway used to operate between Goolwa and Port Elliot from 1854.On display and behind glass, is a carriage similar to the ones they used. The Goolwa-Port Elliot railway was the first railway in South Australia, and was only seven miles long.The railway was first proposed in 1849. The idea was to unload goods from Ships at Goolwa, and...more
This Cottage is very unusual and an "eye-catcher!"It was once the Stationmaster’s Cottage, and was the first building in Goolwa.The building of the Cottage began in July 1852. It's unusual, as it's built in the form of a ‘T’, and has a distinctive curved self-supporting corrugated iron roof covering the limestone building. When you see it, you will...more
The Goolwa park is located in the centre of town, right beside the main road. It is a lovely area of lawn, pathways, gardens, a Rotunda, seating and the FREE public Toilets. Hopefully, you may want to go to the Toilet, if not, go for a look as they are new, and have been beautified with Murals' depicting scenes of the local area. They have been...more
I love these old Hotels, and reading about what happened in them. Well, the Goolwa Hotel was built in 1853, and inside are pieces of the sailing Irish Ship "Mozambique," which was wrecked on the Younghusband Peninsula in 1874. The mast of the ship was used as a joist in the hotel’s dining room, and the ship’s staircase is being used, as are the...more
The Goolwa Visitor Information Centre is located in the Heritage listed Post & Telegraph Office. In 1858, a magnetic telegraph was connected from Adelaide to Melbourne, via Goolwa.Now, it is the Tourist Information centre, and is the booking agent for local tours & cruises, and where you buy your Coorong National Park Camping Permits, or the SA...more
Goolwa has quite a few old heritage buildings, so pick up the brochure available which lists all the major buildings in this area from the Tourist information centre.I will tell you about some I saw on my walk around Goolwa.The 1st, was the the Old Police Station and Court House which was built between 1859-74. The original Station had its own well...more
As the Bridge to Hindmarsh Island is close to the Wharf area, we decided to go across, just to have a look back at Goolwa. The last time we were at Hindmarsh Island, we had to catch a ferry across. Since 2001, the bridge has opened and housing developments have progressed on the Island. I really don't think there is much to see on the Island, but...more
The Wharf area of Goolwa has really been made into a nice tourist attraction. I was quite impressed with what I saw.Not only are there what I have mentioned in previous tips, but you will also find the Steam Exchange Brewery, home of the Encounter Bay Brewery company. Loved the sundeck out the front, just the place to enjoy and Ale or too!If you...more
The station was built in 1853, on the wharves as it was needed to serve the Paddlesteamers that brought goods down the River Murray. The old Railway Station is now used by the Steam-Ranger's Goolwa.Years ago, in the busy Summers, rail motors were used to operate the “Cockle Train” local service between Goolwa and Victor Harbor. Now, you too can...more
In the 19th & 20th centuries, the River Murray was a major inland water highway where dozens of paddle steamers and their barges carried produce from stations and farms to transit points downriver.They were known as "floating shops,' the only way the early settlers could receive mail, supplies and passengers could go from one town to another, etc....more
I came across the Goolwa Riverboat centre when I was looking at the Paddlesteamer "Oscar."This is a ticket and booking office for the cruises, and also a shop that sells nautical souvenirs.Inside, there was more, and it was FREE to view. The history of Goolwa was told, and there were models of how the Paddlesteamers were in the olden days.more
The "Oscar" is a woodfired paddlesteamer, purchased by the Alexandria council to ensure that it was preserved and maintained for future generations. They restored the Paddlesteamer, and now today, you can go for a one hour cruise which departs from the Port of Goolwa wharf.The paddle steamer "Oscar W" was built in 1908 at Echuca, Victoria. The...more
The scenery between these two towns is mainly undulating farm land, with higher hills in the background. You will see plenty of Sheep in the paddocks, and at the right time of the year, crops.Views are far reaching and the scenery is quite nice.These days, around Currency creek near Goolwa, a few vineyards and small Wineries are to be found and...more
30 Cadell Street, Goolwa, South Australia, 5214, Australia
Good for: Couples
No kidding, just have a look at the windswept shrubs!
The wind comes straight off the Southern Ocean, and can be quite cold. Even though the sandhills give some protection, you may feel the wind as you are driving along.
Of course, in Summer, the wind or breeze is lovely on a hot day!