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Grand days in Goolwa Beach

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.

Things to See and Do in and Around Goolwa Beach

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.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side!

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!

Heading Out on the Water

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.

The Ideal Climate for Visitors

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

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.

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Always clean, well equipped and comfortable.

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We have stayed here many times over the last few years. This is our home away from home. Our dogs get excited as soon as we arrive. They know where they are, love the freedom and short walk to the beach. We love the ease of living here. It's very well equipped and I'm able to manage a simple gourmet meal. I'm able to relax. It's a beautiful, simple house and I don't have to fuss.
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Neat tidy with a charm to spare. A hidden gem at the end of the street

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For two busy parents, two active boys and one crazy dog it was the ultimate Chill and relax four day break. The boys loved a room each, and the "hidden ensuite " in the master room was a twist of its own. BBQ breakfast and teas were the norm, with a great eating space outside and plenty of room with views to boot. A yard that is more than suitable for a large dog and with a dog park close by and easily seen from the front deck, it is a canines delight. A great centre point to visit both Goolwa and victor harbour for the half day tours we did. It was great to sit back and catch a movie uninterrupted in the evening while the boys surfed the net on there ipads. The place really felt set up as if we had planned it as our own place, well equipped but uncluttered. We all wished we could have stayed a bit longer, but it's a place we look forward to come back to.
  • Review Submitted: Sep 15, 2018
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2018