89 kilometres from Adelaide
Australia's first Cittaslow Town, Goolwa was once a thriving river port – the last on the Murray River before it reached the Southern Ocean. Today, Goolwa offers a steam-to-steam experience with PS Oscar W, a 100-year-old authentic paddle steamer, and the Cockle Train, a steam train journey.
While the town has many historical features, it is now a busy regional centre with great pubs, a microbrewery, restaurants and cafés, and is a popular gateway to the Coorong National Park and the lakes system at the mouth of the river.
The Goolwa Visitor Information Centre should be the starting point for any visitor wanting to learn more about the town and its many attractions, as well as its colourful river port history and the region’s Ngarrindjeri culture.
The next must-see is the Goolwa Wharf Precinct, a historic cluster of buildings that match old-world charm with modern food, entertainment, and a vibrant bi-monthly market.