Town of Goolwa in South Australia
The historical town of Goolwa lays right by the Murray River mouth, an hour drive from Adelaide CBT. This river port gathers many tourists for its stunning location. Being right by the Southern Ocean, it allows tourists to see spectacular views of the Fleurieu Peninsula coastline. With crystal waters and snow-white beaches, the beaches never fail to amaze visitor. In the evenings, the sun sets over the Coorong, a famous national park significant to the Aboriginal culture. The views alone make for a popular holiday spot for international travellers and Australians.
Goolwa is known for its historical significance. Buildings in this town date back to the 1850’s and are full of gorgeous sandstone buildings. Its historical charm and coastal culture are what creates for such a peaceful holiday experience. When arriving in Goolwa, it is recommended to visit the Goolwa State Heritage area and the information centre to gather information and timetables for all the attractions. Here you can also learn more about the regions Ngarrindjeri culture and people, the traditional custodians of the land.
Goolwa has many other tourist attractions besides its destination and scenery. It is famously known for the 100-year-old paddle steamer, PS Oscar W. PS Oscar W is a steam-driven authentic paddle steamer, built in Victoria in 1903. It still runs today, with regular trips down the Murray River. PS Oscar W travels downstream to the Goolwa Barrage, to Hindmarsh Island, finishing back at the Goolwa Wharf. It’s a perfect day’s activity: travelling around a significant South Australian destination whilst experiencing the history itself.
The Cockle Train is a major tourist attraction in this town. The Cockle Train offers a journey along the oldest railway in Australia, from River Murray to Port Elliot and Victor Harbour. The steam train trip is a perfect activity to see some of SA’s Fleurieu Peninsula. Back in the day, Goolwa was the only destination in Australia where both paddle steamers and steam trains met to transport products for international shipping.