Goolwa Riverboat Centre

Historical Sites and Heritage Locations Goolwa


Phone 1300466592

Guided Riverboat Trail tours available for school and coach groups.


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 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 are available.

Map & Directions

Goolwa Main Wharf, Goolwa SA 5214, Australia