12 Dec 2023

A Day in Goolwa and surrounds: Riverside Delights Before the Santos Tour Down Under.

As the Santos Tour Down Under sweeps through the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula, Goolwa stands out as a charming town with a vibrant atmosphere and a host of activities to enjoy before the race arrives at 2 pm. Make the most of your day in Goolwa with a delightful itinerary that combines local markets, riverside cruises, cultural experiences, and live broadcasts. Why settle for just a race when you can turn it into a full-day’s adventure? 

Cittaslow Market in the Goolwa Wharf Precinct

Kickstart your day by exploring the special race day Cittaslow market in the Goolwa Wharf Precinct. Stroll through a vibrant array of stalls featuring local produce, arts, crafts, and more. Wander around, chat with the friendly locals, and maybe snag a few goodies for your own impromptu picnic. Slow down and soak it in - it's not a race, but it's definitely a winner.

Hector’s Tour Down Under Lunch 

Meander down to the riverbank at Goolwa Wharf for a special TDU lunch at Hector’s Modern Australian Kitchen. Enjoy a waterside two-course lunch plus Hector’s Taste of Australia Gelati for $55, with flavours including Quandong, Kakadu Plum, and Caramel and Saltbush to get your tastebuds going.

PS Oscar W River Cruises

Ahoy, race enthusiasts! While you're at the wharf, don't miss the chance to hop on one of the special PS Oscar W cruises. A river cruise, my friend, because nothing says "classy spectator" like a boat ride. Glide along the tranquil waters of the river, taking in the scenic beauty that surrounds Goolwa - a perfect opportunity to unwind and enjoy the natural wonders of the area before the excitement of the race later in the day.

Armfield Slipway Open Day

Stroll a further down along the riverbank to cap off your Wharf Precinct adventure by dropping into the Armfield Slipway. Catch the action between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm and see historic wooden boats undergo restoration and get a taste of riverboat life.

Cadell Street to Mila Alexandra

After your river adventure, wander up the race route along Cadell Street for a unique trackside experience. With exclusive front-row VIP seats at Mila Alexandra’s Front Row Festivities, you'll have the best view of the cycling action. Enjoy a drink and DJ-spun tunes as you soak in the atmosphere. Secure your limited spot by email to [email protected].

Alex FM Live Broadcast

As you meander along Cadell Street, stop and listen in on Alex FM, broadcasting live from the front of the library throughout the day. Tune in to catch the local vibe, discover community happenings, and enjoy the eclectic mix of music and commentary. It's a unique chance to connect with the heart of Goolwa and its community spirit.

Peninsula Providore’s Picnic in the Grove

For a different kind of race day, head out of town to Peninsula Providore for Picnic in the Grove. Set amidst a picturesque Olive Grove along the race route, this event will feature a long table lunch and regional produce hampers, with locally sourced, delectable treats. From artisan cheeses to fresh-baked bread, and, of course, an assortment of Peninsula Providore's award-winning olive oils, you'll have the opportunity to savour the flavours of the Fleurieu region, accompanied by wines from local producer, Precious Little Wines.

Goolwa, with its blend of markets, river cruises, cultural delights, and live broadcasts, offers the perfect prelude to the Santos Tour Down Under. Immerse yourself in the local charm, savour the riverside atmosphere, and create lasting memories before the cyclist’s speed through this delightful town. Whether you're a race enthusiast or simply seeking a day of leisure, Goolwa has something special to offer every visitor. Slow down, cruise along, and soak up the local rhythm because in Goolwa, the race is just the beginning of the adventure.


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