Goolwa Beach is located approximately 90km south of Adelaide, on the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia. The town was once one of Australia’s most significant river ports allowing for the transportation of produce such as wool and grain up the Murray River to New South Wales and Victoria. As the region turned away from river transport however, Goolwa Beach quietened down and made a name for itself as a great holiday destination, as such, the region offers a plethora of holiday accommodation and activities to suit all tastes.
Visitors to Goolwa Beach will find it difficult not to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of activities and sights the region offers. The most obvious feature of the area is the amazing, pristine, aptly named ‘Goolwa Beach’ surf beach which is located within walking distance of most holiday rentals in the district.
Goolwa surf beach is perfect for experienced surfers, and also offers a surf school for travellers that are interested in getting into the Australian surfing lifestyle. Holiday makers, who are looking for something a little more daring, also have the option of renting a jet ski from Goolwa, which is located approximately 2km from Goolwa Beach and exploring the surrounding waterways at high speed.
The main draw card for adrenaline junkies in the Goolwa Beach area is however, the jet fighter flights which are offered departing Goolwa. These flights entail 20 minutes of heart thumping aerial manoeuvres, including a simulated strike attack, in a L39 Albatross fighter jet. The barrel rolls, vertical rolls and Cuban 8, as well as speeds of up to 910km per hour guarantee to have travellers screaming all the way back to their holiday rental!
Holiday makers that are more interested in relaxing and getting back to nature than roaring around the skies at break-neck speeds are also spoiled for choice in Goolwa Beach. As the region lies directly adjacent to the mouth of the world famous Murray River, boating and fishing are favourite pass times among locals and tourist alike. Numerous holiday homes in the area actually include a marina berth lease upon request, to cater to do-it-yourself boating enthusiasts.
Travellers who prefer to sit back and let someone else do the driving in comparison, can choose from numerous river cruises and tours around Goolwa Beach. Those interested in getting back to the regions river port history can indulge in a sunset cruise along the Murray aboard a paddle steamer. Holiday makers who would like to learn something about the local flora and fauna can also do so from the water during a day cruise through Coorong National Park.
Coorong National Park which is comprised of a series of lagoons and sweeping sand dunes is located just off the coast of Goolwa Beach. The wetlands are of important ecological significance to the region, owing to the large number of water birds that call the park home, as such, the park is great for birdwatchers and nature lovers. The region is also extraordinary due to its significance to the local Ngarrindjeri aboriginal people, which have a number of sacred sites located throughout the park. Holiday makers heading into the wetlands are consequently guaranteed to have a multitude of photos to sort through once they’re back at their holiday villa.
Goolwa Beach is a great year round holiday destination, as the region generally experiences warm summers and mild winters. The summer months between December and February are often preferred by international holiday makers planning to spend their days tanning and relaxing on the beach, whilst those interested in coming up close and personal with some of seasonal native wildlife such as whales, generally choose to stay in Goolwa Beach between May and September. Regardless of when travellers pass through the area however, there is always a cold beer, warm local hospitality, and great holiday rentals on offer.
Travelling to Goolwa beach from the UK is simple procedure, as numerous airlines including Qantas, Virgin Atlantic, Etihad and British Airways regularly depart London airports including Heathrow and London City for Adelaide. Holiday makers can then choose between either a rental car, or short bus trip to cover the remaining 90km between Adelaide City and Goolwa. Once travellers arrive at Goolwa, they can shake off their jetlag on the balcony of their beachside holiday accommodation, whilst enjoying the flawless Australian weather with a glass of locally produced wine.