Vacation rentals in Goolwa Beach

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Home in Goolwa South
Escape the Blues•200m-River•Fireplace•Netflix•Wifi
Escape the Blues Goolwa is in the perfect holiday location, almost hidden, but so close to all of Goolwa’s attractive leisure facilities. *Only 200m to the popular nature playground, boat ramp, Fleurieus and Bombora Cafe *Fireplace and outdoor fire pit *The open plan design offers a great space for couples, friends and or families *Front and rear entertaining decks *Wifi *Smart TV with Netflix *Luxury linen and bath towels provided *Filtered drinking water *Board games & table tennis available
19 – 26 Sept
4.95 out of 5 average rating, 263 reviews
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Guesthouse in Goolwa South
Riverside Retreat …. with lovely water views
Located at the calm waters of the riverfront you can watch the yacht racing, Oscar W paddle steamer pass by or casually walk along the shore to the cafes & the local activities. Comfortable furnishings throughout, the master bedroom has a postrepedic king sized bed & views of the water. The second bedroom has a comfortable queen bed. There is also a small public jetty in front. Walk or ride anywhere! Maybe catch the train to Victor or cruise the river. Everything is a few hundred meters!
25 June – 2 July
4.79 out of 5 average rating, 132 reviews
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Guesthouse in Goolwa South
BLACK SALT
Black 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
23 – 30 Sept
4.93 out of 5 average rating, 374 reviews

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Home in Goolwa South
River Shack
19 – 26 Mar
4.96 out of 5 average rating, 116 reviews
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Casa Del Rio - Waterfront Retreat
11 – 18 Mar
4.84 out of 5 average rating, 320 reviews
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Wayfarers Cottage
20 – 27 May
4.96 out of 5 average rating, 202 reviews
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MILL ESTATE | Mill Cottage
13 – 20 Apr
4.97 out of 5 average rating, 157 reviews
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Paddle Steamer PS Federal Retreat
1 – 8 Sept
4.96 out of 5 average rating, 245 reviews
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Home in Goolwa Beach
Endless Oceanviews, Pets welcome, 500m to Beach!
22 – 29 May
4.78 out of 5 average rating, 181 reviews
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Home in Goolwa South
Goolwa Beach House, ( walk to main beach)
6 – 13 Nov
4.91 out of 5 average rating, 136 reviews
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Why Not @ Chiton
2 – 9 Dec
4.91 out of 5 average rating, 307 reviews
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Kestrels Nest - a luxurious couples retreat
30 Sept – 7 Oct
4.95 out of 5 average rating, 167 reviews
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Sandi Shack - family & dog friendly
21 – 26 Mar
4.94 out of 5 average rating, 36 reviews
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Tiny home in Goolwa Beach
Goolwa Beach surf shack close to beach
20 – 27 Sept
4.97 out of 5 average rating, 38 reviews
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Mr Percival Goolwa-Pet Friendly- 50m to Waterfront
29 May – 5 June
5.0 out of 5 average rating, 10 reviews

Quick stats about holiday rentals in Goolwa Beach

Total rentals

100 properties

Rentals with dedicated workspaces

20 properties have a dedicated workspace

Pet-friendly rentals

40 properties allow pets

Family-friendly rentals

90 properties are a good fit for families

Total number of reviews

3.4K reviews

Nightly prices starting at

$92 AUD before taxes and fees

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.


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.


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.

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