The Unchartered Southern Coast
Discover how religion, politics, business & extraordinary maritime explorations resulted in the south-east coast of New Holland being the final piece of the international puzzle to chart the entire world map, and how the complex story of oceans, rivers, MORE politics, business & extraordinary explorers created Australia and the province of South Australia.
The SA Maritime History Cruise
Explore the Port of Goolwa and Port Pullen (the Murray Mouth)
Discover the fascinating story of how oceans and rivers shaped our landscape and influenced major early settlement decisions, especially the controversial location for the capital. Discover the extraordinary history of the Port of Goolwa, the birthplace of Australia’s river-boat trade, a major industrial & transport hub and a key player in the international wool trade that was so influential to Australia’s early growth.
Learn the key moments in SA history that shaped the town, the South Coast and the paddle-steamer river-trade, a remarkable yet poignant story that even today describes the complex challenges of doing business across Australia.
These are cruises are limited to a MAXIMUM of just 4 passengers, providing you with the personalised experience of a unique part of Australian history. For more information, call Goolwa Boating Cruises on 0402 826 960
A two hour Experience
10:30am Fri, Sat & Sun.
Departing the Goolwa Wharf we cruise to the Barrage, discovering the ancient geological history that created this unique river system, the Lower Lakes and the Coorong.
We then cruise through the Coorong Quays, the largest freshwater marina in the southern hemisphere, discovering the timeline of European events that ultimately created South Australia.
Cruising under the Hindmarsh Island (Kumarangk) bridge we learn the sombre story of the Ngarrindjeri nation then head back along the shoreline discovering the story of paddle-steamers and the river-trade, investigating four shipwrecks along the way.
Cruise cost is $60 per person
10% discount for concession & children under 13 or;
Total of $200 for a full FOUR person booking (20% discount)
Optional Cruise Route (add $40)
We also offer the option to traverse through the Goolwa Barrage lock and fast cruise to & from the Murray Mouth.
The history content is the same, however due to time we do not explore the Coorong Quays marina.
This is optional due to the additional fuel surcharge of $40. This is a single charge per cruise and paid on the day (by cash or EFTPOS).
- for ONE person total is 60+40 = $100
- for FOUR persons total is 200+40 = $240
Alternative dates & times
We can also offer the cruise to suit your visiting schedule, conditions apply. Please call 0402 826 960 for more information.
Port of Goolwa
The final destination of 6,500kms of rivers, cruise through safe, shallow and protected waters that have been a transport & trading route since the Ngarrindjeri, the first Australians here.
This unique natural water resource was the catalyst for a unique colonisation plan that led to King William IV issuing Letters Patent establishing the British province of South Australia in 1836.
The birthplace of paddle-steamers and the river-trade, Goolwa was a major industrial & trading port and was almost Australia’s version of New Orleans.
The mighty Murray River
The backbone of Australia’s agricultural production, approximately 50% of our farms are located within the Murray-Darling basin.
The head waters of the river were originally discovered by Hamilton Hume (and Hovell) and named the Hume after his father. Hume planned to explore the rivers with his friend Charles Sturt but could not, so the lower section of the river were discovered and named after a George Murray – a British politician – and that has become the official name.
An ancient river system dating back to the ice ages, learn the hidden mysteries of her geological past, including gorges large enough to swallow America’s Grand Canyon.
What are you waiting for?
from the historic Goolwa Wharf - book online or by mobile
* other days & times available by appointment - conditions apply *