Goolwa Boating Cruises

Cruises, Sailing and Water Tours

Goolwa Boating Cruises offers small group guided boat charter cruises through the single gateway to the vast inland waterways (over 6,500 kilometres of rivers) of the Murray-Darling Basin.

Their two hour day charters are available all-year for private groups or families (maximum four) providing a unique and convenient cruise to discover how water shaped their state, even deciding the location of their capital Adelaide.

Cruising through shallow, protected waters with no dangerous creatures, it is one of the safest boating environments in Australia.

Just over an hours’ drive from Adelaide, Goolwa is one of the oldest towns in South Australia and the birthplace of Australia’s paddle-steamer river trade – one of the first national industries.

A scenic return trip through the Adelaide Hills, visitors experience the unique and varied landscape that was home to many of the earliest settlers.

A boat charter with Goolwa Boating Cruises is a relaxing way to explore the fourth largest river system in the world to the Murray Mouth, and gain a unique understanding as to the creation and early development of South Australia and how the Port of Goolwa was the spark for the expansion and settlement of vast areas of inland Australia.



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Discover the story of South Australia with a relaxing two hour cruise through the protected waters of the Port of Goolwa.

Learn the amazing story of religion, politics, epic voyages and amazing events that ended with New Holland becoming Australia and the formation of South Australia itself.

Water controversially determined the site of Adelaide itself, learn why water & politics remain significant factors across Australia and so affected the local aboriginal tribes of the Ngarrindjeri.

From her ocean gateway discover the geological history of the river, the Riverland, Lower Lakes, Murray mouth and Coorong. Learn modern history as well, the social, economic and political complexity of a river network across 4 states, the environmental impacts of low water flows and the story of one of SA’s most controversial projects – the Hindmarsh Island (Kumarangk) bridge.

The birthplace of the paddle-steamer trade and once a bustling river-trade port, discover just how significant Goolwa and the South Coast were to Australia’s inland settlement .

Just over an hour’s drive away through the scenic Adelaide Hills, discover the wildlife, boats, houses, landmarks and even shipwrecks that uniquely describe the remarkable story of South Australia.

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