Australia's 1st Cittaslow Town!

Once a thriving Riverport of the 1800's, these days the boats carry tourists and the preserved historic buildings tell their stories as art galleries, cafes and B&Bs. 

With fresh and salt water, Goolwa is a mecca for the keen angler or boating enthusiast. A starting point for a day or  multi-day trip into the Coorong National Park or Lake Alexandrina. Goolwa offers a range of activity from "energetic" bike paths and beaches to "relax and unwind" in a waterside cafe or garden.

Goolwa Visitor Information Centre  

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Town Highlights 

Goolwa Wharf and PS Oscar W

Discover the Historic Riverport of Goolwa in the Goolwa Riverboat Centre and cruise the lower River Murray on this unique 1908 wood fired heritage paddlesteamer

Cockle Train

Since 1887 passenger trains operating along the coast from Goolwa to Victor Harbor have been affectionately known as 'The Cockle Train'. The broad sandy surf beaches at Goolwa are famous for large Cockles. The section of line between Goolwa and Port Elliot was the first steel railway built in Australia.  The horse drawn carriage can be viewed in the main street of Goolwa.

The Cockle Train operates every Wednesday, Sunday, public holiday and daily during school holidays. Please contact the Goolwa Visitor Information Centre for further details.

Coorong National Park

The Coorong National Park is one of South Australia's best eco experience locations. With an abundance of wild life Goolwa is the ideal place to set off for your Coorong Cruise or canoeing adventure. Visit the Mouth of the Murray River, see abundant bird life and marvel at this magnificent environment.

Goolwa Barrage

The Goolwa Barrage was built in 1940 to separate the freshwater of the Murray River from the Saltwater of the Coorong and Southern Ocean.

Free BBQs, picnic grounds and pleasant bird watching.

Goolwa Beach

Goolwa Beach is ideal for swimming, surfing, walking, running, playing and digging for Cockles (Cockle season 1st November - 31st May). With a large carpark, cafe, amenities and nearby boardwalk this is an ideal spot for the family.

Encounter Bikeway

A shared trail from Laffin Point in Goolwa via the coastal towns of Middleton and Port Elliot to Victor Harbor. When the Cockle Train runs you can ride your bike in one direction and catch the train back. 


  • Above:  Sailboats, Goolwa


  • Above:  Bombora's,  Goolwa Beach  -  Photo Credit:  SATC

  • Above: The Coorong, Goolwa  -  Photo Credit:  SATC


  • Above:  The Australiasian Circa 1858, Goolwa  -  Photo Credit:  Andy Rasheed

  • Above:  The Goolwa Barrage  -  Photo Credit:  Muhammad Rashid

Local Weather

Goolwa: Showers Today 16°C / 21°C

Strathalbyn: Rain. Today 14°C / 21°C


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