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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
Tour prices depends on the day you are crusing and the number of passengers of your booking. Wed to Sat - $50pp or $180 for the 4 person full boat booking Sun to Tue - $200 for the 4 person full boat booking (no pp rate available)


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  • 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.

  • Vertical classifications

    Half Day or Less

  • fitness