The Goolwa Boating Experience

Cruises, Sailing and Water Tours Half Day or Less

The Goolwa Boating Experience (TGBE) offers guided boat charter cruises through the historic waters of Goolwa.

Our 1 or 2 hour day charters are available all-year round and cruises are structured for private groups or families (max 4 passengers) looking for a personalised tour experience rather than the traditional ‘tourist bus’ cruise.

Crusing through shallow, protected inland fresh water with ZERO dangerous creatures, it is surely 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, the birthplace of Australia’s paddle-steamer river trade and the single gateway to the vast inland waterways (over 6,500km’s of rivers) of the Murray-Darling Basin.

Our modern boat is spacious, safe and comfortable equipped with the latest safety gear and marine electronics. We even have SONAR that allows passengers to see underwater shipwrecks from the comfort of the boat.

With different scenic routes from Adelaide and a beautiful South Coast, a boat charter cruise with The Goolwa Boating Experience is the only way to see the natural wonder of the Lower Lakes & gain a unique understanding of South Australia and how vast regions of inland Australia were settled.


Basic Caters for hearing impairment Caters for limited mobility Cruises, Sailing and Water Tours Family Friendly Half Day or Less Non-Smoking Pet Friendly - Enquire Water - Motorised


An on-water view of the paddle-steamer PS Oscar W. docked at the historic Goolwa Wharf after a rain

From $50 to $200

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.

Family Friendly Non-Smoking Pet Friendly - Enquire

Nearby Things to Do

View All
onboard maranui hear quality commentry from our expert staff cruising through the goolwa waterway

Maranui Boat Tours - Goolwa

Goolwa, Alexandrina

The Office @ carpark Goolwa Bch.

Ocean Living Surf School

Goolwa Beach, Alexandrina

PS Oscar W departing from the Goolwa Wharf

Paddle Steamer Oscar W

Goolwa, Alexandrina

River Dolls Gallery

River Dolls Of Goolwa

Goolwa, Alexandrina

SeaCountry Adventure Tours

SeaCountry Adventure Tours

Middleton, Alexandrina

Distillery on the Goolwa Wharf

Fleurieu Distillery & Steam Exchange Brewery

Goolwa, Alexandrina

Contact Us