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Cruise on the Oscar W. Paddle Steamer

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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.

River Port of Goolwa
River Port of Goolwa


Paddle steamer Oscar W was built in 1908 but it's still functional and you can go for a cruise on it. You'll find the Oscar W at the historic Goolwa Wharf, next to the Riverboat Centre.

Goolwa Riverboat Centre
Goolwa Riverboat Centre


Entry to the Riverboat Centre is free. It houses exhibits, artefacts and photos that tell the story of the River Murray and its place in the development of Australia's trade and industry.

Goolwa Riverboat Centre
Goolwa Riverboat Centre


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.

PS Oscar W
PS Oscar W


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.

One hour cruise
One hour cruise
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Why? River Murray history from an interesting perspective
When: Most Sundays and Public Holidays
Phone: 1300 466 592
Where: Goolwa Wharf Precinct, Cutting Road, Goolwa
Cost: Children $8, Adults $20. Family ticket and concession available.
Your Comment
I love crusing on paddle steamers, it is so relaxing and the spped is just right to take in all the scenery.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6529) 1204 days ago
Oscar W at wharf...nice pic.The wharf area still retains that old world feel...good to see this paddle steamer is being maintained and being put to good use.
by noelp (score: 3|1199) 1199 days ago
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