Goolwa – where the river meets the sea

Nestled on a small peninsula between the Goolwa Lake, mouth of the Murray River, the Coorong National Park and the stunning Goolwa Beach the charming river port town of Goolwa offers something for everyone whether you are a foodie, boatie, surfer, swimmer, fisherman, walker, kayaker, golfer or cyclist.

Throw out a rug and picnic on the banks of the river, or savour a glass of local wine, a locally brewed beer, gin and whiskey, an amazing coffee, a gourmet cooked breakfast on the Goolwa Wharf, or fine dining at the award winning Australasian – it’s all on your doorstep and only a couple of minutes walk away.

Some of our favourite shots around Goolwa:


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The unique combination of river, lake & beach on your doorstep provides endless options for summer aquatic adventures including sailing, wakeboarding, water skiing, kayaking, paddleboarding, jet skiing, surfing, boogie boarding, kitesurfing and fishing.

Keen fishermen are spoilt for choice. Just throw a line off the wharf just 50 metres from your door to fish for Callop, Bream, Perch, Redfin, Murray Cod, freshwater shrimp and yabbies while watching the pelicans out-fish you! Or for the more adventurous, fish the barrage, Beacon 19, Murray Mouth, Coorong or surf fish the 11km of pristine Goolwa Beach, fully accessible by 4WD.

Some great drone video footage of Goolwa:

A two minute drive (or ten minute walk) from The Admiral Riverside will have you at Goolwa Beach – one of the most beautiful and untouched parts of the South Australian coastline.

Head down the ramp and onto the beach itself and drive on the perfect white sand beach for 11kms to the Murray Mouth – the end of Murray River, the entrance to the Coorong and home to a colony of seals and numerous school fish which move freely through this unique and pristine channel which is not accessible by any other means.

Some great drone video footage of Goolwa Beach, the Murray Mouth and the Coorong:

The Admiral Riverside is a perfect choice for extended holidays, short breaks, a romantic retreat, family holiday to remember or an annual pilgrimage with friends – the choice is yours.