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 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 local distilled and brewed beverages at the distillery or wine at the cellar door, visit an art gallery, stop for coffee and a meal or simply sit back and enjoy.


Festival flagship PS Oscar W

Enjoy a unique river experience from the decks of the heritage Paddle Steamer Oscar W, a wood fired, steam powered vessel built in 1908 and still 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 will cruise all weekend for the Festival, all bookings are done on the day of cruising.