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The Goolwa History Cruise

Price from $50


Goolwa is the boating gateway to the vast inland waterways (over 6,500km’s of rivers) of the Murray-Darling Basin and the birthplace of the paddle-steamer river trade. With Australia’s first public railway (the first government railway of the entire British Empire in fact) the South Coast was a major national & international transport hub, with Goolwa the spark for development of the Fleurieu Peninsula including Middleton, Port Elliot & Victor Harbor as well as many upstream river towns & regions. With the river trade providing access to huge areas (14%) of inland Australia ideal for agriculture, Goolwa played a major role in the multi-cultural settlement of Australia across the province of SA and the colonies of VIC & NSW (now also QLD). Our two hour cruise takes you to the Goolwa Barrage, through the Coorong Quays Marina and under the Hindmarsh Island bridge, learning all about the unique Lower Lakes environment, the history of South Australia's early settlement & the politics of colonisation and water - and how they still affect Goolwa and the Murray River today.


From $ 50 to $ 200
The cruise price is determined by the number of passengers, please note the minimum booking is equivalent to two persons. 1-2 persons = $100 3 persons = $140 ($10 discount) 4 persons (max) = $180 ($20 discount)


  • Service Schedule

    This cruise is available to be booked from Tue through to Sat, with three different departure times: 10am, 12:30pm and 3pm. Cruises are dependant on passenger numbers so must be booked in advance, please note that this is not a walk-up service. Next day services are generally always available and same-day services are also often available, simply call to confirm. Alternative days and departure times to suit your schedule are also often available if booked in advance.

  • Minimum Capacity


  • Maximum Capacity


  • Service Facility

    Family Friendly
    Non Smoking
    Pet Friendly - Enquire

  • Service types

    Cruises, Sailing and Water Tours

  • Transport

    Water - Motorised

  • Access With Assistance for the Disabled

    Suitable for guests with sufficient mobility to climb two or three steps, but would benefit from fixtures and fittings to aid balance.
    Suitable for guests with a hearing impairment, from mild hearing loss to profoundly deaf.
    Suitable for guests with a vision impairment. Attained by providing for guests with partial vision impairment or total loss of useable vision.

  • Vertical classifications

    Half Day or Less

  • fitness