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Boathouse - Birks River Retreat - Birks Harbour

138 Liverpool Rd, Goolwa, South Australia 5214 Australia
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Located 60 minutes from Adelaide CBD on the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula. The Boathouse Retreat is nestled at Birks Harbour, offering views of the Murrray River only minutes from historic Goolwa, with nearby Port Elliot and Victor Harbor. Our individual luxury bed and breakfast accommodation is ideal for couples looking for a romantic getaway or a solo place to unwind and relax. Immersed in the stunning surroundings on the great Murray River, Birks Harbour is truly unforgettable. Minutes to the beach, restaurants, cafes and a short drive to the wineries of McLaren Vale, yet nestled away from the crowds in your own private Retreat. You can lose yourself amongst the majestic trees, watch the sail boats, enjoy the prolific birdlife both local and migratory fly directly over, stunning sunrises and sunsets and night skies. The Retreat has a luxurious King Size bed with beautiful linen for lazy lie-ins designed for your absolute privacy with its own unique characteristics. Guests can enjoy the private deck with breathtaking views.
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Free parking
Public wifi
Pool
Free breakfast
Fishing
Babysitting
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Secured parking
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
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Soundproof rooms
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Desk
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Extra long beds
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Seating area
Sofa
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Iron
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Great View
Romantic
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SUE D wrote a review Dec 2023
Adelaide, Australia252 contributions157 helpful votes
We had a simply wonderful time at BIRKS Boathouse. Very comfortable, clean, well stocked with provisions and utensils. Beautiful comfortable bed, lovely bathroom and the deck is just so relaxing to sit and read or watch life go by. Close to Goolwa Beach and many restaurants and galleries. It was a real treat and one that we will certainly repeat in the future. I highly recommend BIRKS to anyone wanting to go somewhere just a bit different.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Howard H wrote a review July 2023
Adelaide, Australia7 contributions1 helpful vote
The ultimate two day relaxing getaway! On the banks , no right in the water, of the Mighty Murray River. Overlooking the beautiful wooden boats at Birks Harbour Marina and the wide open calmness of the river flowing by. As night falls the sound of the breakers on Goolwa Beach fills the air and sends you off to a deep sleep ready for the next day exploring the many coffee and hospitality venues around Goolwa. The mouth of the Murray offers so many features and thrills if you want or just RELAX and take advantage of the pure attention to detail by the management with the combustion heater , comfy furnishings and goodies provided. Thoroughly recommend this holiday spot to all those who want to unwind in luxury.
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Date of stay: May 2023
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David wrote a review July 2023
Clifton Hill, Australia1 contribution
The Boathouse Retreat is a wonderful self contained place to stay in Goolwa. It is located right on the water. So rare. We were there 3 nights enjoying sensational views of the water, huge skies and complete privacy. As others have mentioned it is in a beautiful part of historic Goolwa, with Port Elliot and Victor Harbor close by. The very comfortable king bed and linen made us feel looked after and pampered. The huge deck is a perfect place to read, listen to birds and take in sunrise and sunset. Wendy and Philip are wonderful hosts. They have carefully considered their guests to create a wonderful relaxing home with a high level of detail to make your stay memorable. We highly recommend this home. We hope to return very soon to explore more of the fascinating Coorong. David and Bix (from Melbourne ) June 2023
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Date of stay: June 2023
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gdixonrb wrote a review June 2023
Melbourne, Australia124 contributions15 helpful votes
This is wonderful accommodation right next to the marina. The retreat is wonderfully furnished and sitting on the deck and watching the birdlife was relaxing even in cold weather. The fire kept us very warm and cosy inside. I strongly recommend the food package. The selection provided was high quality and sufficient for more than one light meal. We hope to return on another visit to South Australia
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Date of stay: April 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Expatwife16 wrote a review Apr 2023
Dubai, United Arab Emirates2 contributions1 helpful vote
Idyllic location set right on the jetty with stunning views. Perfectly set up for 2 people with amazing attention to detail, spotlessly clean, beautifully furnished with every comfort catered for. Large well appointed bathroom with bath and separate shower. Generous breakfast with great variety provided including homemade bread. Large private deck with sun loungers, outdoor dining, gas bbq. Wendy and Phil have thought of everything. About a 20 minute walk from Goolwa town centre. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay 3-6 April, lucky with perfect weather. Golf at nearby South Lakes. Cockle train trip between Goolwa and Victor Harbour via Middleton and Port Elliot. Great local pubs and pretty good shopping too. Highly recommend a stay at Birks Boathouse.
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Date of stay: April 2023
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Response from Wendy Watson, Owner at Boathouse - Birks River Retreat - Birks Harbour
Responded 17 Apr 2023
Wow, many thanks and we are really happy you enjoyed your stay at the Boathouse Retreat, Birks Harbour, Goolwa. We really appreciate your review and hope to see you again.
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Adrian R wrote a review Oct 2022
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This is an idealistic location if you are into water, great views and boats setting the scene. It is peaceful with lots of bird life. Note that it is part of a working marina so there can be people coming and going on the front deck, but this is all part of the atmosphere of the place. You can't go wrong spending a few nights here
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Joy068 wrote a review Aug 2022
Sydney, Australia7 contributions
This property had everything we could possibly want. Clean with breakfast treats and a fire ready to light settled in with a glass of red wine and watched the moon over the water great way to start our SA adventure
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jo T wrote a review Aug 2022
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Very comfortable decor, furnishings and bed was wonderful! Delightful location next to quiet marina, jetty…. Large outdoor deck, great water views. Kind hospitality and generous supplies provided in the food lovers fare package and breakfast provisions. Close to Goolwa where there are some good cafes.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Fiona B wrote a review Mar 2022
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What a wonderful find. We spent 3 nights at this beautiful boathouse. Loved having breakfast and a glass of wine on the deck such a magic spot. Wendy and Phil are excellent friendly hosts. We look forward to coming back for 4 nights next time
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Martin G wrote a review Oct 2021
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We've just spent 5 magic days / wonderful nights at the Boathouse. Our hosts Wendy and Phil were brilliant, nothing was too much trouble for them and they're a wealth of information on Goolwa and surrounding areas. The Boathouse is exquisite to say the very least, with a nautical theme that is so appropriate for its unique location on the river at the marina. We just love the private deck over the water, where we enjoyed breakfast every morning, and lazy hours reading books and watching the birdlife and passing boats. The accommodation was spotlessly clean and beautifully furnished, and the bed so very comfortable. Lovely fresh breakfast provisions and extra treats left for us upon arrival. Everything was perfect. We can't wait to stay again. Thank you Wendy and Phil, for an amazing week. Kind Regards Martin and Pip
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions about Boathouse - Birks River Retreat - Birks Harbour
Which popular attractions are close to Boathouse - Birks River Retreat - Birks Harbour?
Nearby attractions include The Goolwa Barrage (2.2 km), Goolwa Animal Farm (5.1 km), and Goolwa Visitor Information Centre (1.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Boathouse - Birks River Retreat - Birks Harbour?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Boathouse - Birks River Retreat - Birks Harbour?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Boathouse - Birks River Retreat - Birks Harbour?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Boathouse - Birks River Retreat - Birks Harbour?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Boathouse - Birks River Retreat - Birks Harbour?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bombora On The River, Motherduck, and Hector's Cafe on the Wharf.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Boathouse - Birks River Retreat - Birks Harbour?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Boathouse - Birks River Retreat - Birks Harbour?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Goolwa Visitor Information Centre (1.6 km).
Does Boathouse - Birks River Retreat - Birks Harbour have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.