PS Oscar W is an authentic wood fired paddle steamer based at the historic Goolwa Wharf. One of only a few of the original Murray River paddle steamers still in operation today.

Cruises onboard the PS Oscar W are available on selected dates each month. See the booking tab for the next available cruise date.


Cruise the lower Murray River on the historic wood fired heritage paddle steamer in the Riverport of Goolwa.

One Hour Cruise (charters also available)
Enjoy a unique river experience from the decks of the PS Oscar W, watch the stokers fire the boiler and see the original steam engine at work; feel the heat of the huge boiler and the vibrations as the paddle wheels turn. Step up onto the top deck, see the wheel house and talk to the officers on the bridge.

Chat with the crew about the boat and its history or just listen to the Skipper's commentary embracing the history of the area and sites of interest on the cruise.

Step back in time at the Goolwa Riverboat Centre
From 1853 to 1914 the Riverport of Goolwa was a thriving ship building centre. Ship building for the Murray River began in Goolwa and some 60 paddlesteamers and barges were built here. Goolwa was the only place on the Murray Darling system where complete vessels were built - hulls, engines, boilers, paddle wheels - the lot.

Visit the Goolwa Riverboat Centre and browse historic photographs of many of these vessels, see the scale models of many paddlesteamers and watch the past unfold in historic video presentations. View the Beam Engine that hauled vessels up the slipway at the shipyards and enjoy the interpretive panels on the Coorong Wetlands. Entry is free, river themed souvenirs and paddlesteamer cruise bookings are also available.

This authentic, wood fired, fully operational Paddle Steamer is moored at the Historic Wharf Precinct in Goolwa.

Short cruises are offered on selected dates through out the year.

Map & Directions

Goolwa Wharf , Goolwa, SA, 5214, Australia

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations and Refunds - Terms and Conditions
Alexandrina Visitor Services (AVS)
Accommodation and Tour Bookings

Alexandrina Visitor Services (AVS) provides a booking service through the visitalexandrina.com website and two accredited Visitor Information Centres (located in Goolwa and Strathalbyn South Australia).

When booking tours and accommodation through us there are AVS specific terms and conditions.

Guest Cancellations and Rescheduling fees:
30 days prior to travel - receive a full refund
14-30 days prior to travel - pay 15% of total booking
Less than 14 days - pay 100% of total booking (no refund)

How to Cancel or Reschedule a booking:
In the case of cancellations or date changes please contact AVS as soon as possible by calling 1300 466 592 or by email visit@alexandrina.com.au

AVS will always endeavour to negotiate the best outcome for you and the operator.

Operator Cancellations:
If AVS has taken a booking and the operator is unable to supply the Product the operator must provide an alternative Product for you the guest. Alternatively you can elect for a full refund which AVS will process promptly.

Once a sale has taken place AVS accepts no responsibility for a cancellation or double booking by an operator.