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Published January 24th 2018
There's more than enough to do
There's a squillion things to do in gorgeous Goolwa in the summer and this list is just the start. There's more than enough ideas here to fill a whole weekend, maybe even a long one.
A brisk walk along the beach is a must on Saturday morning. You can walk as far as Middleton or beyond if you're feeling energetic.
Next to the Goolwa Beach carpark is an unassuming little beach cafe called Bombora, that just happens to have won multiple awards for its food, especially local seafood. You can stop for coffee and cake after your walk. You might even want to come back here for lunch.
Head back to town and visit Artworx in Hays Street, where you can do two things at once; do a spot of shopping and appreciate some local art. Artworx stocks handmade greeting cards, handcrafted jewellery and leatherwork as well as small trinkets, all at very affordable prices. The art may well be out of your price range but it's stunning to look at.
Artworx. Hays Street.
There's plenty of locally produced art in Goolwa and no shortage of galleries where it can be enjoyed. Art at Goolwa is a small, community-run gallery with an eclectic collection and it's just around the corner from Artworx, in Porter Street.
A novel way to follow the history trail is in the South Coast Pedicab. On his history-themed tours, local guy, Leon Mead, provides an iPad with a slideshow of photos showing how the town looked in its hey-day during the 1850's.
South Coast Pedicab. Photo courtesy Tony Lewis
An option for lunch is at nearby Motherduck in the main street. Lunch from 12-3pm sees a changing, seasonal menu but always features a duck dish.
You'll probably be ready for refreshments by now and there's plenty to choose from at the wharf precinct, including local wine or Gin at The Steam Exchange Distillery or a sweet treat from Berry Healthy Ice Cream van, which is usually parked just outside.
Dinner at The Australasian Circa 1858 is a very special treat that is only available to the public on Saturday evenings and only if you book well in advance. Chef Juliet prepares an Asian-inspired, three-course, set menu which is served in the stunning dining room of this exquisite, heritage-listed building.
For a more casual meal, head to the Coorong Cafe at Sugars Beach on Hindmarsh Island. You'll find fresh, local Coorong Mullet and Mulloway on the menu as well as beef and veggie burgers with delicious, hand-cut chips. The cafe is licensed but you are welcome to bring your own drinks.
If time and energy still permits there's still lots to do in Goolwa: water sports, the bicycle track, a visit to the Motor Museum, Goolwa National Trust Museum, a ride on the Cockle Train, a Coorong Cruise or a trip on the Oscar W Paddle Steamer ... maybe you'll need to visit again on another weekend.