Put it in your diary! The Festival is on 27 and 28 April 2019.

South Australia's finest wooden boats gather at Goolwa on the River Murray biennially for the Wooden Boat Festival.  

The Festival has plenty to see and do with two action filled days of an exciting mix of both water and land based events.

Cruise on a paddle steamer, indulge in regional food and wine, entertainment and opportunity to get up close and personal with the River’s most diverse gathering of wooden river vessels, from kayaks and sleek classic speedboats to paddle steamers.



 Looking for accommodation and want to find out more about Goolwa?

Contact the Goolwa Visitor Information Centre by telephone 1300 466 592 or view the website visitalexandrina.com



There are boats aplenty, on water and land, ranging from canoes and rowing skiffs, to traditional wooden boats large and small.

The Festival extends from the Goolwa Wharf Precinct along the Murray River to include Armfield Slip, the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club, Fleurieu Function Centre, Aquacafe and the Goolwa Aquatic Club.

At the Goolwa Wharf Precinct you can enjoy local food, wine and beer and it's great viewing of all the on-water activities.

The Rough and Ready boat building competition is always a feature, 2017 had an additional twist – competition for innovative environmentally friendly powering systems!


Where the River Murray meets the sea and home of the

                         South Australian Wooden Boat Festival                          

Goolwa is a state heritage listed area located just over an hour's drive from Adelaide, on the southern coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia. 

The township was Australia's first inland port and was built to connect to the neighbouring coastal town of Victor Harbor by rail.  With many historical features, the town's present day life is as a busy regional centre and is a gateway to the Coorong National Park and the Lakes system at the mouth of the River Murray.

The Wharf Precinct provides splendid views of the River Murray and the Hindmarsh Island Bridge.  From here you can see the Goolwa Barrage, take a cruise, visit the Goolwa River Boat Centre and catch a heritage train. You can sample a beer at the brewery or wine at the cellar door, visit an art gallery, stop for coffee and a meal or simply sit back and enjoy the local bird life and recreational boating activities.

Festival flagship PS Oscar W

Enjoy a unique river experience from the decks of the PS Oscar W, a wood fired heritage paddle steamer operating from Goolwa Wharf Precinct. Celebrating over 100 years life on the river, passengers can watch the stokers fire the boiler, see the wheel house, and take in the sights of the Lower River Murray.

Visit the Goolwa Riverboat Centre (open 10am - 3pm daily).

View the timetable and book a cruise (bookings recommended) at the Goolwa River Boat Centre or telephone 1300 466 592 or visit the website CLICK HERE

PS Oscar W cruises all weekend for the Festival, all bookings are done on the day of cruising.


Registration for the next Festival will open early 2019.