Here's what happened in 2017


9.30am                                                                                 Jenn Cole                                                                            Main Stage

11am                                                                                     Water Port Jazz                (1st Set)                                  Main Stage

12 noon                                                                                Water Port Jazz                (2nd Set)                                 Main Stage

12 noon                                                                                Official Event Opening                                                     Wharf

1.00pm                                                                                 Nostalgia                                                                            Main Stage

2.30pm                                                                                 Rough and Ready Building (2pm – 4pm)                         R&R Build Space

2.00pm                                                                                 Jenn Cole                                                                             Main Stage

3.00pm                                                                                 Buckleys Chance                                                               Main Stage

4.00 pm                                                                                Buckleys Chance                                                               Main Stage

5.00pm                                                                                 Suzie and the Jets until close                                           Main Stage

6.00 pm                                                                                Ceremonial Sunset Ceremony – 808 Squadron              Wharf

 8.00pm                                                                                Fireworks                                                                            Bridge  

Following the Fireworks                                                      Lone Piper                                                                          Oscar W              


On Land

10.00 am                                                                             Nostalgia                                                                            Main Stage

11.00 am                                                                              Mactones to 1.30                                                             Main Stages

12.00                                                                                     Presentations                                                                                                            

1.30pm                                                                                 Water Port Jazz (1st Set)                                                 Main Stage

2.30 pm                                                                                Water Port Jazz (2nd Set)                                               Main Stage

2.30 – 3.30 pm                                                                   Rough & Ready Race

3.00 pm                                                                                Mactones to Close                                                          Main Stage                                                                       

5pm                                                                                       Event Close

Both Days

 Armfield Slipway

Armfield Slip is a group of enthusiasts, dedicated to the maintenance, repair and construction of wooden boats.

At Festival site No. 10, the group has a variety of wooden model paddle steamers for sale, together with raffle tickets for the popular Guillemot sailing dinghy.

At the group workshop and slipway on Riverside Drive, visitors can view demonstrations of traditional wooden boat building techniques including, caulking, steam bending and copper riveting.  More modern techniques such as laminating will also be demonstrated. 

Visitors will be able to view the boats maintained by the group, including a Navy Cutter, a Coorong Flattie and the iconic Storm Boy Boat, Hideaway.

Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club   -

10am – 5pm

Pond Boat Display –

Radio Controlled Wooden Boats

Brigand on display plus information tent

‘Boaties Fare’ for Hungry Boaties

Chris Caffin – Wooden Boat Photography

Children’s Entertainment

9am – 5pm Pirate Trail from Amelia Park to Fleurieus

10am – 4pm Face painter & Craft Activities –

Jumping Castle

Sumo Wrestling Suits

Badge making

Cultural Activity

Display of Weaving from the Museum at Camp Coorong, which would be hung on the pallet type frames, demonstrations of the Weaving with an opportunity for people to learn the Weaving, Feather Flower making with one of theElders and a Cultural activity for the young ones.

Galleries around the Precinct

South Coast Regional Art Centre – Women of the River Country

Including ‘On the floor conversations’ with Rob Bowering on Saturday 22 April at 2pm and Sunday 23 April at 11.30am

Chart Room – Chris Crabtree

Artwork, reprints historic boat festival collectables

Fleurieus Function Centre – Barrage Rd

Phone 85551243 for bookings

Wander down to Fleurieus and check out ‘Wooden Boats – The Passion’

Enjoy a coffee, or a bite to eat with fabulous views of the river, events and fireworks

Signal Point – Rotary Art Show

The 5th Annual Goolwa Rotary Art & Photographic Exhibition gives Artists, Photographers and audiences the chance to view the stunning array of Artwork & Photos in the most beautiful setting, the Signal Point Gallery.

$5 (including Catalogue)

The Goolwa Exhibition is a great for the whole family but Art & Photo lovers would find this particularly fascinating.

Open: 9.30am – 4.30pm

Farmers’ Market

Date; Sunday Time: 9-3pm Location: Adjacent to rear of Signal Point

Attractions: Large range of goods available including fresh produce, arts, crafts, clothing, wine, olive oil, coffee and take away

food, cakes, plants, fresh eggs, honey, preserves, sunglasses, socks, decoupage, leather goods and much more.


“The tinkler was discovered by Libby Wall on one of her forays, painted by Community Artist Barbary O'Brien who has cleverly retained its mahogany features while incorporating local motifs, it will soon be available for piano playing passers-by in Goolwa”    

The idea is that anyone can step up and play.