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What's On in Goolwa Over Easter?

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If the weather fairies are kind, we'll enjoy perfect conditions for water play over the Easter long weekend and there's plenty to choose from on the river or in the sea at Goolwa. You can swim, surf, sail or paddle and if you don't have your own paddle craft, Canoe It have kayaks and Stand Up Paddle Boards for rent. You will find them near Bristow Smith Reserve on Barrage Road from 10am until 5pm, weather permitting.

Nature Playspace, Bristol Smith Reserve is the best playground in the universe according to many adults as well as most children and it's FREE. You'll find it on Barrage Road. As well as the usual swings and a slippery dip there are climbing nets and poles, a creek for water play, a pirate ship and musical instruments. And there's a beach right there on the river for swimming or paddling.

Nature Playspace Bristow Smith Reserve

Goolwa Animal Farm will be open 10am until 4pm each day over Easter and there are plenty of alpacas, bunnies, guinea pigs, goats and wallabies to pat or cuddle as well as a big smelly pig, emus, ducks and geese to look at.

If you prefer inside and quiet, why not visit one of Goolwa's many art galleries?

Lars Heldmann will be exhibiting a series of his photographs in an exhibition entitled 'ouThere' at the South Coast Regional Arts Centre (The Old Police Station building). The photographs feature landscapes and weather, both harsh and beautiful across Australia. The exhibition will be open Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm and entry is free.

South Coast Regional Arts Centre

The Rotary Club of Goolwa will present the Goolwa Art and Photographic Exhibition at the Signal Point Gallery. It will be open 9.30am until 4.30pm daily and 19 prizes will be awarded to prize-worthy art, including the Alexandrina Art Prize of $5,000. Entry is $4.

After viewing the exhibition at Signal Point visit Shaw Family Vintners (Ballast Stone) Cellar Door in the very same building. Their Rusty Plough Granache is a must-try.

Shaw Family Vintners (Ballast Stone) Cellar Door

While there, pick up some of the delicious jam, chutney, relish or paste made by Cittaslow volunteers using produce from the Community Garden.

Cittaslow Garden Produce

The Fleurieu Heritage Experience is an extra special thing to do and it's happening on both Saturday and Sunday over Easter. This one ticket trip features a ride on the Oscar W Paddle Steamer, the Cockle Train and the Horse Drawn Tram to Granite Island, Victor Harbor. Contact the Goolwa Visitor Information Centre on 1300 466 592 to book.

Image supplied by Goolwa Visitors Centre

At The Wharf is a popular event presented by Cittaslow Goolwa once each month during summer. There'll be local food, local wine and local music on the Signal Point Deck and surrounding lawns from 5pm until 8pm on Easter Saturday. Free entry, be prepared to dance.

At The Wharf event

Wharf Barrel Shed is a quirky little bar right on the wharf where the Oscar W moors. Although closed on Good Friday it will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 10am. The very talented Laura Hill will be singing there from 2pm-5pm Sunday so you will be entertained while you sip and watch the boats go by.

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Why? Easter time fun in Goolwa
When: Easter long weekend 2016.
Where: Goolwa, South Australia
Cost: Some events are free
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