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An Art/Food Walk in Goolwa

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by Karen Ross (subscribe)
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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.

Signal Point
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!

Signal Point Gallery
Signal Point Gallery


The gallery offers a continuous program of touring exhibitions as well as high quality local art, which is plentiful in this region.

It's open Monday to Friday 11am to 4pm, Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 10am to 4pm. It's closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Oily Invertebrate With Heaps-Good Shrubby Mounds - Tom Moore
Oily Invertebrate With Heaps-Good Shrubby Mounds - Tom Moore



As you leave Signal Point, turn right from Laurie Lane, before you reach Goolwa Terrace, and walk through Jekejere Park. It's a tranquil area, of significance to the local Ngarrindjeri people.

Jekejere Park
Jekejere Park


You'll see mosaics, native plants and information plaques.

Information plaque
Information plaque


The park is a short-cut to the Old Police Station building, on Goolwa Terrace, which is the venue for the South Coast Regional Art Centre (SCRAC) and our second art stop.

Old Police Station
Old Police Station, Goolwa



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.

South Coast Regional Art Centre (SCRAC)
South Coast Regional Art Centre (SCRAC)


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.

Soldiers Memorial Garden
Soldiers Memorial Garden


Either way will get you to 13 Porter Street and our last 'art stop'. It's a gallery called Art @ Goolwa, which houses an eclectic mix of pieces by artists from around the region.

Art @ Goolwa
Art @ Goolwa


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.

Goolwa and South Coast Historic Museum
Goolwa and South Coast Historic Museum


After you've had a bit of a look, maybe even a purchase, turn right on Porter Street and head back towards the Soldiers Memorial Garden. You'll walk past the Goolwa and South Coast Historic Museum.

Rainsfords faces the Soldiers Memorial Garden
Rainsfords faces the Soldiers Memorial Garden
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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.

Rainsfords by Design
Rainsfords by Design



Surprisingly, Rainsfords also offer coffee, cakes and more.

Homemade cakes
Homemade cakes


Here is where you can find the best value lunch in town. The frittata and quiche dishes even come with salad!

Rainsford's menu
Rainsford's menu


It's a friendly, homely place with lots to look at, so settle in for lunch and enjoy your time here.

Homeware at Rainsfords
Homeware at Rainsfords


Okay, it's time to head back towards Signal Point and, should you so desire, a small treat by way of a wine tasting.

Shaw Family Vintners
Shaw Family Vintners


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.

Cittaslow Produce at Signal Point
Cittaslow Produce at Signal Point




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Why? Because there's plenty to see and do in Goolwa.
When: 11-4pm, 7 days
Phone: 1300 466 592 (Goolwa Visitors Information Centre)
Cost: Lunch for $5. Art is free!
Your Comment
Rainsfords by Design looks like a great shopping, food and drink stop all in one.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4069) 1377 days ago
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.
by noelp (score: 3|1199) 1375 days ago
A very interesting read
by Mikie (score: 0|6) 1314 days ago
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