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Goolwa - Cities, Towns and Localities

Locate at the mouth the Murray River on Lake Alexandrina, Goolwa was once the main entry port on the Murray River. Today, the historic port is enjoyed by tourist, looking for a relaxed atmosphere.

With both ocean and fresh water access, Goolwa attracts both keen fishermen, boating enthusiasts and those seeking water sport activities. It also provides the starting point for those planning to visit both the Lake Alexandrina area and the Coorong National Park.

Check out our listing of Goolwa accommodation and Fleurieu Peninsula accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Goolwa Visitor Information Centre
4 Goolwa Terrace
Ph: 08 8555 3488
Toll: 1300 466 592
Monday to Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday & Public Holidays CLOSED
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre
MSN Map of Goolwa, South Australia
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Goolwa Attractions

Cockle Train • SteamRanger Heritage Railway
• Ph: 08 8231 4366 • Email
• Since 1887 passenger trains operating along the coast from Goolwa to Victor Harbor have affectionately been known as ‘The Cockle Train’, which the broad sandy surf beaches at Goolwa are famous for large cockles. The Cockle Train operates during school holiday, public holidays and most weekends.
Goolwa Beach
• Goolwa Beach is a great place for swimming, surfing and when in season, digging for cockles.
Signal Point River Murray Interpretive Centre
• The Wharf, River Port of Goolwa • Ph: 08 8555 3488 • Fax: 08 8555 3810 • Email
• At Signal Point you will explore the story of the Murray-Darling River system from the headwaters in the mountains to its journey end in the Southern Ocean. From locks and weirs, paddlesteamers, the heady river port days of the 1880’s, geological formation, Aboriginal history, and the current ecological issues, it is all here.
SteamRanger Heritage Railway
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• The SteamRanger Heritage Railway operates a number of different heritage steam and diesel hauled tourist trains between Mt Barker in the Adelaide Hills, up over the crest of the southern Mt Lofty Ranges, down to Strathalbyn and on through the coastal holiday towns of Goolwa and Port Elliot to the tourist resort town of Victor Harbor.
The Cockle Train Experience
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• The Cockle Train travels along the oldest steel railed railway in Australia dating back to 1887 when it was constructed to provide a link between the River Murray and the ocean wharfs at Pt Elliot and later at Victor Harbor. Based at the Goolwa Depot, it commences its daily run from Goolwa station, in the historic Wharf Precinct alongside the River Murray. After crossing the main Goolwa to Victor road the line heads off across the plains to Middleton, picking up or dropping off passengers on request, and then to Port Elliot where it reaches the Encounter Bay coast. On leaving Port Elliot the train climbs to the top of the coastal cliffs and passengers then experience some of the most picturesque coastal scenery on the Fleurieu Peninsula, with nothing separating you from the beach below and a perfect view of the Southern Ocean. During winter you may even catch sight of the Southern Right Whales.
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Goolwa Tours

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Currency Creek Arboretum Eucalypt Research
• CURRENCY CREEK SA 5214 • Ph: +61 8 8387 3656 • Mobile: 0413 214 303 • Email
• Currency Creek Arboretum (CCA) is a specialist eucalypt research arboretum located near Currency Creek, south of Adelaide in South Australia. Established by Dean Nicolle in 1992, the site was purposely chosen for a eucalypt research arboretum. Research currently and able to be undertaken at CCA include eucalypt systematics, taxonomy, ecology, physiology, cultivation and conservation.

As the site is a private research arboretum, with restricted access and lacking onsite plant labels, and with limited facilities, casual visits by the public are not possible. However, there are a number of open days planned, details of which will be posted on website as they are due.

Private or group tours of the arboretum can be arranged by appointment for a cost ($ see website for current cost - which may be split between individual members of the visiting party).
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Goolwa Distance

Distance to Goolwa
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Goolwa:
• Adelaide 82
• Coorong National Park 185
• Kangaroo Island 159
• McLaren Vale 43
• Port Elliot 11
• Victor Harbor 18
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.
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