Goolwa History Centre and Museum

Attractions Goolwa


Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 1:30pm – 4pm Entry Fee $3.50 Adults child $1.00

Phone 8555 2221


Built around 1872 as a Blacksmiths shop the museum displays the history of Goolwa, Currency Creek and Hindmarsh Island.

A series of permanent and changing exhibitions telling the stories and interpreting the buildings of Goolwa, Hindmarsh Island and Currency Creek from pre European settlement to the present day.

The archive contains several thousand files and photographs relating to the town of Goolwa and the settlements of Hindmarsh Island and Currency Creek. It also contains the shipping collection of well-known maritime historian, Ronald Parsons.

One of the most unusual items in the collection is Pop (Gerhard) Kaesler’s “Home from Home” vehicle which he constructed in 1929 from an old Dodge tourer and is generally accepted as one of the first, if not the first, motorhomes in Australia. Another significant item is a double bed patchwork quilt which is believed to have been made by Emily Augusta Kingdon on the voyage to South Australia after her marriage in England to Young Bingham Hutchinson in 1852. It is included on the National Quilt Register.

An Archive Collection tour is available by appointment only.

Museum will be closed on days with temperatures 35 degrees and over.

Map & Directions

11 Porter Street, Goolwa SA 5214, Australia