Today Goolwa is known as a top holiday location, a destination to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and wind back to take in what Goolwa has to offer. Historically, the town of Goolwa was a busy thriving river port that connects the Murray River to the open Southern Ocean, it was Australia’s first inland port constructed in 1853 to connect the town to Port Elliot and in years after to Victor Harbor. This allowed river boats to transfer goods to sea boats as the Murray Mouth made it difficult for boats to navigate through the dangerous waters.
The town still maintains its rich heritage with a century old original paddle steamer and a steam train journey on board the Cockle Train for visitors to enjoy. Many of the historic buildings built with sandstone from the 1850s still stand tall in this charming river town. Right in the heart of Goolwa is the Visitor Information Centre which is an ideal first stop for any visitor wanting to discover the rich history and local attractions the town has to offer.
There are an abundance of activities to explore for all age groups and on a typical day you can see families out and about, kayaking and canoeing along the river, surfing in the Southern Ocean, having a picnic, 4WD or horse riding along Goolwa Beach.