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The Goolwa Boating Experience

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Goolwa, Australia
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About The Goolwa Boating Experience
We specialise in personalised (1, 2, 3 or max 4 passengers) on-water history cruises showcasing the Port of Goolwa and Port Pullen (Murray Mouth). One of the oldest towns in South Australia, the Port of Goolwa is the last stop of 6,500kms of Murray-Darling basin waters that was the inland highway that created Australia's most important agricultural region. With a complex maritime history, Goolwa was the birth-place of the Australian paddle-steamer river trade and the spark that developed the south coast (Middleton, Pt Elliot & Victor Harbor) and boosted the economy of both the State and Australia. This is a relaxing, unique & poignant way to learn the geography of our complex river system and why water (ocean & rivers) was the resource that determined the colonisation of the state and still affects business & politics across the nation to this day. If booked in advance we can cruise to suit your schedule, or just call for information & availability (conditions apply).
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Chris_L_and_Karen_L wrote a review Jan 2020
Adelaide, Australia8 contributions3 helpful votes
From the moment we boarded the 4 seater cruiser Adrian was regaling us with stories of the local area and thehistory of the river Murray. His knowledge and enthusiasm made this a very interesting trip. From the Hindmarsh Island Bridge, through the lock to the Murray Mouth, Adrian gave us a comprehensive history lesson and made the trip fun and exciting. Once back to the bridge Adrian used the depth sonar to show us wrecks of the old Murray paddle steamers and showed us the overall depth of the river from the Island to the Mainland focusing on the natural river channel . We have walked along the Goolwa wharf many times without realising that a significant portion of the wharf is actually made from two sunken paddle steamers, but you will have to take the cruise to find out where they are! Great family activity, well done Adrian!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Laura wrote a review Dec 2019
3 contributions1 helpful vote
My husband and I took the SA History cruise and it was fascinating to hear Adrian share so many interesting details not just about Goolwa but South Australia. Adrian made the time enjoyable as he shared his wealth of knowledge and showed us wonderful sites. Highly recommend!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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b_kean wrote a review Dec 2019
Cheltenham, Australia4 contributions
We had travelled by road from the source of the Murray to the mouth. Adrian took us by boat to see the mouth of the river but along the way he regaled us with history, stories, geology and river science. He was very accommodating as it would normally have been his day off. Truly good value for money. Thanks Adrian.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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HarryVsLogan wrote a review Dec 2019
Adelaide2 contributions
I booked Adrian for a couple of hours to show my interstate visitors around Goolwa. We were all amazed at the depth of Adrian’s knowledge and passion for the region. The boat is lovely and very comfortable and Adrian was a fabulous guide. An absolute privilege to have the boat to ourselves and great value. Thank you Adrian.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Craig W wrote a review Nov 2019
Sydney, Australia36 contributions14 helpful votes
Adrian is a wealth of historical and local knowledge which he shares with you as you head out to the Murray Mouth, Storm Boy boats and around to shipwrecks etc. Certainly adds more to the trip. Small groups. Had a great time and learnt so much!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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