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Published January 12th 2016
Where can you get lunch for just $5?
What's better than going for an interesting walk? Incorporating lunch (or maybe dinner). I call them 'Food Walks' and here's an easy one. Just 2 km around the riverport of Goolwa, visiting three art galleries and ending with lunch for just $5. Yes, That's right, just $5!
If you park your car near Laurie Lane, just off Goolwa Terrace, you will find Signal Point.
Inside this building, with wonderful views over the River Murray, is the Signal Point Gallery. This is our first art stop on the Food Walk. Signal Point is also home to an excellent Cellar Door, but be patient, there's art to be seen and we'll come back later for wine tasting!
Emerging and professional artists from across the Southern Fleurieu region exhibit here and it's great place to pause along the walk. The building itself has a powerful atmosphere and aspects of the original police station and court room can still be seen.
From the Old Police Station we'll head to Porter Street. You can either walk down Goolwa's main street (Cadell Street), then turn left onto Dawson Street, or you can cross over Cadell and walk through the Soldiers Memorial Garden.
The gallery is open 7 days from 11am till 4pm and one of the reasons I love it is because it sells affordable 'trinkets' along with the more expensive art pieces. I like to buy hand-made greeting cards, hand-painted silk scarves and unique little bowls there for special friends.
Just across from the garden is an unassuming shop called 'Rainsfords by Design'. Rainsfords offer a wide range of blinds, shutters, curtains and accessories as well as home decor itms, knick knacks and gifts. As you approach the shop you'll see baskets of homewares outside.
Shaw Family Vintners have a Cellar Door open between 10am-5pm every day at Signal Point and offer various labels for tasting, including Ballast Stone and Stone Mason.
Why wouldn't you stop for a taste and maybe a small purchase?
And, while you are there, check out the Cittaslow produce. Chutneys, relishes, fruit paste and jams are made by local volunteers using seasonal produce sourced from the local Cittaslow Community Garden.
I first started going to Goolwa in the 1940's and continue to go there.In those days it was a sleepy small town,but nevertheless,full of character,due to it's history and wharf precinct and place to go fishing and swimming.It has now become a popular tourist destination , with a growing population.Glad to see the town progress over the years and retain that easy going style and sense of days gone by.A wonderful days trip can be had from Strathalbyn to Victor Harbor,with a stop off at Goolwa and Pt.Elliot.