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Close your eyes and imagine picturesque beaches, gorgeous coastlines, stunning views, clean air and more serenity than you can muster - welcome to Goolwa!
You’ve arrived in one of South Australia’s premiere holiday destinations and you’re less than 90 minutes fromAdelaide’s CBD. So why not stay a few days and explore the rest of the Fleurieu Peninsula?
Situated at the mouth of the River Murray, it is a town steeped in the traditions of the Ngarrindjeri Nation and unique riverboat history. Goolwa is part of the Alexandrina Council and is on the last loop of the River Murray as it skirts around Hindmarsh Island.
Goolwa was once a thriving Riverport but now the boats carry just tourists and its historic buildings have been restored as art galleries, cafes and B&B's. But on Sundays, Wednesdays and school holidays the historic Cockle Train still rolls in and out of the grand old wharf area.
With both fresh and salt water, Goolwa is a mecca for the keen fisherman and boating enthusiasts as a starting point for a day or multi-day trip into the Coorong National Park or the Lake Alexandrina area.
Nearby Middleton offers surfing beaches and one of the best places to view Southern Right Whales.
On 12 March 2007, the historic River Port of Goolwa was accredited as the first Cittaslow or "SlowTown" in Australia. Goolwa joined the international network of towns and cities that combine the efforts of Council, the business community and residents to improve the quality of life for all who live and work in their town.
Goolwa is one of the major townships of Alexandrina, on the southern Fleurieu Peninsula. The area of the region is 1,800 square miles, four times the size of the Adelaide CBD with a population of 24,000.
Other major townships include Langhorne Creek, Milang, Port Elliot, Strathlbyn.
Major industries include viticulture, dairy farming, fruit growing, boat building and tourism