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BLACK SALT
SUPERHOST
Entire guesthouse · 4 guests · 2 beds · 1 bath
BLACK SALTBlack Salt is a beautifully designed, newly built flat only three minutes walk to Goolwa Beach, Kuti Shack cafe, & the Surf Life Savers club. This fully self-contained holiday unit has a private courtyard & undercover parking. Complete with stone benches, polished concrete floors, & a luxurious bathroom that includes a washing machine, it makes the perfect get away. Full breakfast provisions for your first day & a bottle of wine upon arrival. Free WiFi and Netflix Check in 3pm, check out 11am
Wayfarers Cottage
SUPERHOST
Entire cottage · 4 guests · 3 beds · 1 bath
Wayfarers CottageWayfarers Cottage is one of the earliest homes in Goolwa, built around 1870. Centrally located in the "Little Scotland" precinct, it's a short drive to the beach and walking distance to Goolwa Wharf, restaurants, hotels and Goolwa shopping centre.
''Spa Studio. Luxury, unique and privacy''
SUPERHOST
Private room · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 private bath
''Spa Studio. Luxury, unique and privacy''''Spa Studio" is a beautiful new self contained studio that is an intimate retreat. It provides a place to unwind and relax with a feeling of serenity and space. The Spa is in a seperate light filled room which then leads out to a outdoor courtyard offering BBQ facilities. Spa Studio has 10ft ceilings and a private lock up garage for your vehicles. Goolwa has a lot to offer, and Spa Studio is in a lovely neighbourhood 3 minute drive to the beach, main street and River.

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  1. Entire residential home
  2. Goolwa South
Boho Salt Beach House
$185 AUD per night
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  1. Entire residential home
  2. Goolwa South
River Shack
$160 AUD per night
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  1. Entire residential home
  2. Goolwa South
Surf Shack
$150 AUD per night
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  1. Entire residential home
  2. Goolwa
Mariner’s c1866 Little Scotland
$165 AUD per night
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  1. Entire residential home
  2. Middleton
Middleton Luxury Beach House
$164 AUD per night
  1. Entire loft
  2. Goolwa
The Nest
$150 AUD per night
SUPERHOST
  1. Entire guest suite
  2. Goolwa
The Admiral Riverside (Studio 1)
$132 AUD per night
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  1. Entire guesthouse
  2. Goolwa
MILL ESTATE | The Abode
$195 AUD per night
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  1. Entire residential home
  2. Goolwa Beach
DUNE:STAY, Unique 270o Dune Views & Steps to Beach
$251 AUD per night
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  1. Entire cottage
  2. Goolwa
Sloe Cottage - Pet Friendly, Retro, WiFi, Netflix
$147 AUD per night
  1. Entire residential home
  2. Middleton
Beautiful sea views
$190 AUD per night
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  1. Entire residential home
  2. Goolwa South
Escape the Blues•200m-River•Fireplace•Netflix•Wifi
$140 AUD per night

Your guide to Goolwa Beach

Welcome to Goolwa Beach

A quiet suburb in the historic river port of Goolwa, Goolwa Beach faces the wild Southern Ocean on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula. The namesake surf beach is just one of a long line of beaches stretching far into the distance, interrupted only by the opening of the Murray River to the ocean. Goolwa Beach is a maze of residential streets bordered by coastal scrub to the west and the town’s riverside golf course to the east. You’ll walk from your stay to the beach via tracks leading through the coastal dunes, or down Beach Road to swim at a patrolled strip of sand.

Inland from the beach, the town of Goolwa lines the final bend in the Murray River before it reaches the ocean. The port thrived as a shipbuilding centre and the terminal for the paddle steamers and barges plying the mighty river in the 19th century, and many sandstone buildings from that era are still standing in the heritage-listed old centre of town. Across the bridge from the old part of town, Hindmarsh Island is just one of a handful of islands to explore between the river and the water sports haven of Lake Alexandrina.


How do I get around Goolwa Beach?

From Adelaide Airport (ADL), the nearest international and domestic hub, it’s a 90-minute drive to Goolwa Beach. Rent a car at the airport and you’ll be able to stop off at the renowned wine region of McLaren Vale on the way. You’ll probably want to have your own car to explore the rest of the coast and inland towns, otherwise you can book a shuttle service from the airport. Alternatively, you can make your way into central Adelaide from the airport to take a train and then a coach to Goolwa; the journey takes just over two hours from the city centre. Steam- and diesel-powered heritage trains also run from Goolwa to Victor Harbor a few days a week.


When is the best time to stay in a holiday rental in Goolwa Beach?

The beaches of the Fleurieu Peninsula and the waters of Lake Alexandrina are best enjoyed in summer, with dry, hot days from around November to March. In April, Goolwa hosts Aquafest, a popular festival of speed boat racing and a celebration of classic sailboats. And every other April, the charming South Australian Wooden Boat Festival features vintage yacht races on the river. There’s nothing but ocean between the Goolwa Beach coastline and the Antarctic, so you can experience chilly days even at the height of summer, when an offshore wind picks up. You’ll experience more rain from late autumn to early spring, but winter days are generally mild, while nighttime temperatures occasionally hover around freezing.


What are the top things to do in Goolwa Beach?

Goolwa Wharf

The focal point of the river port, Goolwa Wharf is one of only two places in the world where you can step off a steam locomotive and onto a steam-powered paddleboat. (The other place is in the Scottish Highlands.) Take a cruise to the mouth of the Murray before sampling the wares at the winery cellar door, brewery, and whisky distillery on the wharf.

Goolwa State Heritage Area

The old part of Goolwa runs a few blocks inland from the town’s timber wharf to the 1860 Council Chambers. In this compact heritage area, you find the Goolwa National Trust Museum, which houses what may well be the first motorhome ever built in the country, as well as grand timber hotels and venerable sandstone buildings.

Encounter Bikeway

Bring your own bicycles, or hire e-bikes in Goolwa, to take advantage of the Encounter Bikeway, which runs more than 31 kilometres from Goolwa along the coast to the towns of Middleton, Port Elliot, and Victor Harbor. As soon as you leave Goolwa Beach you’ll pass through the melaleuca forest and dunes of Tokuremoar Reserve, a site of great significance for the local Ramindjeri and Ngarrindjeri peoples.