Unique Paddle Steamer Accommodation

Barrage Road, Goolwa, South Australia
4 guests | 2 bedroom | 2 beds | 1 bath | fully self contained | off-grid

Built in 1902, the PS FEDERAL Paddle Steamer now rests on stilts in the
River Murray near where the Mighty River completes its journey and joins
the Southern Ocean.

There are two generous bedrooms, a large lounge and galley kitchen with stunning panoramic views across to Hindmarsh Island and of watercraft
on the river.

Proudly Off Grid and Eco-Friendly with a solar powered (12 Volt) system for minimal environmental impact.

Not just a place to stay but a unique accommodation experience on the Fleurieu Peninsula on board the Paddle Steamer PS Federal!


Per Night - from $150
Cleaning Fee - $50
Extra Guests - $20

Sleeping Arrangements

Bedroom 1:
Queen Size Bed

Bedroom 2:
Queen Size Bed


Breakfast is included for the first
morning of your stay.  Cereal, milk,
bread, tea, coffee and bacon & eggs
are provided.

A vegetarian option is available upon request.

A complimentary bottle of wine is also included

Towels and bed linen are supplied



Extra pillows and blankets


Toiletry Essentials

Clothes Hangers


Books & Games

Laptop friendly workspace
Free parking on premises

Fire extinguisher

Smoke detector

First aid kit

Bookings &General Enquiries

The Neighbourhood

© Copyright PS Federal

Pristine Location - Eco Friendly

Relaxation and leisure time is so vitally important in this age of connectivity and constant information!  You will begin to unwind as soon as you step aboard the PS Federal.

This pristine location has the calmness of being on the River Murray, yet is only 87km south of Adelaide.  Located on the Goolwa Barrage, the PS Federal sits on stilts close to the River Mouth where the Mighty Murray River completes its journey and joins the Southern Ocean.

Adjacent to a bird sanctuary, you’ll enjoy the sight of spoon-billed cranes, pelicans, black swan families, egret, purple swamp hens, dusky moorhens and black-winged stilt, all residing in complete privacy.

Totally Off Grid and Eco-Friendly with a solar powered (12 Volt) system for less impact on the environment.

Local Area & Attractions

Situated perfectly for activities such as sailing, canoeing, kite surfing, windsurfing and water skiing and yet is within a short walking distance of the delightful township of Goolwa.  There are also many close by family friendly activities to choose from such as the Goolwa Animal Farm, Rail, Boat or Air Tours, Playgrounds and even a Doll Store!

The Goolwa Visitor's Information Centre is a leisurely 10 minute walk, as is a wide range of local cuisine choices from an informal yet delicious fish burger and chips, through to fine dining.

This pristine location has the calmness of being on the River Murray as well as the energising surf of Goolwa Beach just a short walk around the corner.

  • Cruise on boardthe PS Oscar W
  • Steam Train trips to Victor Harbor
  • Tours to the Coorong
  • Numerous Walks
  • Goolwa Markets & Antiquing
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Food &Winery & Tours


Carmel - March 2018

What a special place to stay! We felt like we were living like royalty - so secluded and peaceful. Our bed was comfortable and cosy, even the creaky floorboards were endearing. Our biggest mistake was not staying longer. We highly recommend this destination, you wont be disappointed

Christine - February 2018

This charming little paddle steamer is an absolute delight. We loved so much about our stay here. Close to all facilities yet once on board it’s so tranquil & secluded, we felt instantly relaxed. Clean & comfortable with everything we needed, plus lots of extra touches. The sunrise & sunsets across the water were spectacular & bird life abundant. We look forward to returning & highly recommend to those looking for a unique experience.

Greg - March 2018

Unique. Unique. Unique place. Unique location.
Very much enjoyed our night in a piece of history surrounded by wetlands, birds and fish. Would have liked to stay longer.

Victoria - November 2017

This is such unique, private accommodation yet within walking distance of Goolwa. I would recommend the paddle steamer wholeheartedly,
it's a brilliant place to stay!

Jenny - January 2017

PS Federal is a most unique and beautiful b&b. Everything spotlessly clean and very comfortable. Generous breakfast provisions and welcome bottle of wine. So many places to sit inside and out to enjoy the views with a glass. Loved relaxing on the deck chair and watching river life. Thank you Beth and Dan.

Simon - November 2016

This was the most relaxing break I have had for a long time. Nothing compares to waking up in the morning and looking out over the water, being greeted by the local bird life. Very romantic, I would recommend for those seeking privacy in beautiful surroundings.