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Published March 15th 2016
There's more than a little bit of magic here
There's lots to see and do in Goolwa and you'll need to stay at least a couple of nights to make a dent in your to-do list.
You'll find lots of accommodation options in various price ranges but here's something special. Alchemy comprises two self contained spaces, each with it's own leafy courtyard and private entry. And there's more than a little bit of magic here.
The boutique cottage and the smaller studio are a stone's throw from Goolwa's main street, the historical wharf precinct, the Cockle Train Station and the twice-each month Sunday Market. There's a steady stream of vehicle and foot traffic heading for these places, and yet Alchemy remains a quiet and serene haven.
When I visited Alchemy recently, the owner, Suzie, asked me if I knew of an artisan bread maker on the Fleurieu. She explained her passion for local produce and seasonal food and her need to find loaves to accompany the local yoghurt, fruit and preserves for the Alchemy breakfast platter. There's also wine, cheese and chocolates to welcome guests.
Suzie went on to explain the option of the 'Gourmet Getaway' package, a lavish breakfast hamper which includes even more locally sourced treats.
So here's a few ideas to get your Goolwa to-do list started: head for the river to sail, fish or paddle a kayak, head for the beach to surf, fish or swim, go walking or birdwatching locally or at the Coorong National Park, go for a ride on the PS Oscar W, the Cockle Train or The Horse Tram to Granite Island (perhaps try the Fleurieu Heritage Experience which combines all three), take the cottage bikes and ride the Encounter Bikeway which follows the coast from Goolwa to Victor Harbor, visit Artworx Gallery and Gifts which is just around the corner, visit a winery or Cellar Door or try a local restaurant.
And then return and take time to pause and enjoy the serenity in your leafy courtyard at Alchemy.
This looks like an ideal place to stay.Good to see these small acc. places popping up in historic towns like Goolwa.Goolwa for many many years was a neglected town...in the shadow of places not far away like Victor.The photos indicate what a delightful place Alchemy must be.