With summer officially starting in just over a week, there has never been a better time to get away from it all and escape to the charming, adventurous and welcoming seaside town of Goolwa.
As with every holiday season, the town is gearing up for an influx of visitors looking for adventure, relaxation, gourmet food and coffee and fantastic shopping.
FOOD: While the entire region is a foodie’s delight, with local farmers’ markets, side-of-the-road producers, cellar doors and micro-breweries, Goolwa stands out for it’s simple and, most importantly, delicious fare. There are almost too many eating options, from five-star restaurants and funky cafes, to country pubs, bakeries and good old-fashioned fish and chips, with most using produce straight from the ocean, the field and the ground, fresh to your plate.
SHOP: Don’t miss out on the eclectic stores on Cadell Street and enjoy the friendly smiles of store owners. There are flowers, clothes, bakeries, gifts and home accessories to buy. When you've had enough, why not stop at one of the gorgeous cafes.
MARKETS: Make sure you check out the famous Goolwa Wharf Markets, open the first and third Sunday of the month (as well as December 31, every Sunday in January and Good Friday) from 9am to 3pm. These markets are beloved by locals and visitors for the locally-produced condiments, cheeses and baked goods; holiday book selections, original local artworks and home-grown fruit and veg.
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HISTORY: While you’re down there, why not step back in time and explore the historic Goolwa Wharf. Make sure you say hello to the Paddle Steamer Oscar W. A fun fact; Goolwa actually became the country’s first inland port in 1853.
SURF: The southern Fleurieu coast is one of the most popular surfing coastlines in SA. While the swell at Goolwa can be a little tricky for beginners, with some cross currents on big days, water lovers can also enjoy kite-surfing, swimming and body boarding. Goolwa Beach: Great surfing, not for inexperienced swimmers on big days; cross currents and some rips. Car park, surf life savers and public toilets.
FISH: Goolwa beach is renowned for it's pipis, a traditional bait for almost any fish that has also become a restaurant delicacy. When in season simply dig your feet into the sand and start collecting. The Murray Mouth is beloved by fishers for mulloway, salmon trout, bream and mullet. Upstream, the river also holds plenty of salmon trout, callop, carp, bream and yabbies.
SAIL: Sailing action can be seen every weekend in summer on waters around Goolwa. Many vessels here are trailer-sailers or other lifting-keel yachts, which are well suited to the area’s relatively shallow inland waters.