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Published March 28th 2016
See the bridge, the barrages and the birdlife of Goolwa
During its heyday in the late 1850's, Goolwa was one of Australia's most important river ports. This was due to its location at the mouth of the River Murray and consequent access to the broader river system.
Paddle steamers towed barges carrying supplies upriver and returned laden with wool. Goolwa's industries included breweries, a saw mill and a flour mill, as well as shipbuilding and repairs. Between 1853 and 1913, thirty seven paddle steamers and twenty three barges were built at Goolwa.
The Riverboat Centre is open most days (depending on volunteer availability), from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm, except for Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Tickets can be purchased here for Oscar W cruises which mostly happen on Sundays and public holidays. You can check the website for times and prices. It's best you plan a trip before or after July as the Oscar W is up for a bit of maintenance then.
During your cruise you'll get a great view of the bridge to Hindmarsh Island, the barrages and the birdlife along the riverbank. Afterwards you might have lunch at Hectors or enjoy a drink and a platter of local food at the Wharf Barrel Shed.