Goolwa - Fast Facts

Goolwa (including Hindmarsh Island)
Attractive and unusual town which was once the main entry port on the Murray River.
Located only 83 km from Adelaide, Goolwa (it is said that 'goolwa' is a Ngarrindjeri word meaning 'elbow') is an historic port which is now an upmarket holiday resort for Adelaide people. It is only an hour's drive from Adelaide. The town has been given a very self-consciously Heritage feel by painting local buildings, like the Goolwa Hotel, in heritage colours and getting some feeling of harmony in the main street. Genuinely old hotels like the Corio Hotel have been refurbished and revitalised so they look excellent. Along with this 'gentrification' of what was once the main seaside (although it was inland) port on the Murray River has come an overpowering local desire to 'develop' the area which has brought Goolwa, and its battle with the local Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal people over Hindmarsh Island, to the attention of all Australians.

Signal Point River Murray & Information Centre
The Wharf
Goolwa SA 5214
Telephone: 1300 466 598
Facsimile: (08) 8555 3810