Things to do in Goolwa

Our most recommended things to do in Goolwa

Goolwa: Murray River Cruise

1. Goolwa: Murray River Cruise

The Murray Mouth cruise is roughly 90 minutes in duration. Departing from the Main Wharf in Goolwa at 10:30 AM, cruise downstream to the Goolwa Barrage and through the lock where you will get to view the resident seal colony and drop down to sea level. Learn about the history of the lock and it's importance to the health of the river before continuing down toward the mouth of the Murray River. Take in the ambiance of the region that inspired the book, Storm Boy on your way there. On your return cruise to Goolwa, you will pass sand dunes supporting native vegetation and see an abundance wetland birdlife.

From Adelaide: Victor Harbor & Southern Highlights Day Tour

2. From Adelaide: Victor Harbor & Southern Highlights Day Tour

Enjoy a delightful tour of South Australia’s premier tourist region, the Fleurieu Peninsula. This tour begins with a picturesque journey through the Adelaide Hills to the historical Scottish settlement of Strathalbyn. Here you will stop for some free time and morning tea in High Street (own expense). Continue on to the paddle steamer town of Goolwa where you'll have a brief tour of the town including the wharf, barrage and beach. On your way to Victor Harbor, cruise past the charming coastal town of Port Elliot including Horseshoe Bay, and stop at Whale Lookout for a photo opportunity. Upon arrival at Victor Harbor, South Australia’s most popular seaside village, wander through the main street, sampling the fresh local product. Enjoy free time to explore Victor Harbor. Visit one of the many pubs or cafes for lunch, and following that, you may choose to explore Granite Island, where you’ll find the Little Penguins and might even catch a glimpse of a Southern Right Whale during the winter months. Your tour then continues to the wine-making region of McLaren Vale, best known for producing outstanding Shiraz. Wander the main street, sample the fresh local produce including the delicious cheeses at Blessed Cheese, taste some of the fine wines or grab a coffee at one of the many cafés. From here, enjoy a scenic drive through South Australia’s southern metropolitan beaches of Port Noarlunga and Moana before returning to Adelaide.

South Australia: Guided Full-Day Highlights Tour

3. South Australia: Guided Full-Day Highlights Tour

Get picked up from your accommodation in Glenelg at 9 AM or Adelaide at 9:20 – 9:30 AM for a full day of sightseeing around the gorgeous Fleurieu Peninsula.  Enjoy the scenic drive from Adelaide through the Adelaide Hills before arriving in the historic German village of Hanhdorf. Treat yourself to morning tea at The Haus, visit the Antique Clock Museum, or shop around in the village's boutique stores. Travel on to the old paddle steamer port of Goolwa for a stroll along the beach where the Murray River meets the sea. Make a short stopover at South Australia's greatest surfing beach before continuing on to Victor Harbor. Keep your eyes peeled for whales as you pass Basham Beach during whale season.  Next, explore the seaside town of Victor Harbor where you can visit the Whale Center and Museum. Take advantage of the chance to visit Granite Island and check out the fairy penguins or ride the famous horse-drawn tram. Purchase lunch from one of the many quaint restaurants and pubs. Your last stop of the day will be McLaren Vale, one of Australia's oldest and finest olive, wine, and almond-growing regions. Taste some of the area's best wines, purchase some locally-grown, homemade delicacies before returning back to your accommodation at around 5:30 PM.

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What people are saying about Goolwa

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 38 reviews

The cruise was awesome. We sat on the top deck and enjoyed the informative tour guide. We got to see some beautiful bird life and some seals. We went through the lock, which was very different and cool and then saw the Murray Mouth. Would highly recommend the cruise.

this tour was a great way to tick off a few places off the list of things to see and a good way to judge if i want to go back and visit places for longer. the guide had great food recommendations.

Our guide Phil was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. He continued telling us about history and stories of SA throughout the tour. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you Phil!

Both the Captain and assistant were very informative and pleasant

Excellent attention by the Driver Sam - helpful & knowledgeable