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.

Due to current health advice on social distancing, please contact the business for the most up to date information regarding opening times and services.


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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 and as an option Port Pullen (the Murray Mouth).

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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Launching this summer is one of South Australia’s most exciting evening cruises from the Coorong Quays marina on Hindmarsh Island with spectacular views you can only truly appreciate from the water.

Goolwa is just over an hour’s drive from Adelaide, then just park the car, sit back, relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the sun setting over the Goolwa township and then discover the wonderful effect of house and garden Christmas light displays as they reflect off the safe and protected waters of the marina.

Ideal for small groups of families or friends (maximum of four) with daylight saving the ‘just before’ sunset departure is perfect for relaxing after dinner at one of their wonderful local eateries. The entire cruise is serene, comfortable, relaxing and only operates at walking pace. ‘bring your own’food and drinks are welcome.

For the ultimate in convenience, if you are staying at a Coorong Quays waterfront property, they can normally collect you directly from the house.

Between December 7 and January 6, the Coorong Quays are conducting the inaugural Christmas Lights display competition, so you can even cast your vote for the best display and support the residents who provide these wonderful displays.

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Nearby Things to Do

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River Dolls Gallery

River Dolls Of Goolwa

Goolwa, Alexandrina

Distillery on the Goolwa Wharf

Fleurieu Distillery & Steam Exchange Brewery

Goolwa, Alexandrina

Knights Beach Port Elliot

Tourist Drive Route 50

Goolwa, Alexandrina

Mr Percival and friends

Cruise the Coorong

Goolwa, Alexandrina

The PS Oscar W. at the Goolwa Wharf

Goolwa Boating Cruises

Hindmarsh Island, Alexandrina

Main Gallery

Goolwa Artworx Gallery

Goolwa, Alexandrina

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