60min charter – $99 boat charter fee
1-2 persons for $99 = $49.50 pp
3 persons for $99 = $33 pp
4 persons for $99 = $24.75 pp

Summer Sunset Charter

Departing from the Coorong Quays just before sunset, get a unique view of a glorious Goolwa summer sunsets as you cruise under the bridge and along the shoreline. Perfect for a special after-dinner event – BYO drinks and nibbles welcome. Cruise up the waterway often viewing a wide variety of birds (sometimes a seal or two!) relaxing for the evening.

The twilight leg of the cruise returns through the protected & safe waterways of the Coorong Quays marina often showcasing lots of pelicans and birds. With most of the cruise at walking pace (4 knots) the entire cruise is completed before last light – so it is extremely serene and safe.

Charters depart from the Coorong Quays Marina (Google Map in the FAQ page) just before sunset.

Departure is typically 8:00pm, however due to daylight saving, departure times may vary based on the date. We will confirm your booking via SMS and include the precise cruise departure time.

Call 0402 826 960 to make a booking or use our online cruise reservation calendar to send us a request.

2hr cruise – $60 pp
(min 2 person booking)
1-2 persons for $120
3 persons for $180
4 persons for $240

‘The Goolwa’ History Tour

One of SA’s oldest towns, Goolwa was the spark for developing the entire South Coast and was the birthplace of the Murray river-trade.

Discover the links we have with some of Australia’s most famous explorers (English & French), and by understanding the early settlement history of South Australia discover the challenges of establishing new national industries, especially those which cross state borders.

An amazing story of history & politics that is still just as relevant today, and cruising safe fresh waters discover the Coorong Quays, shipwrecks and the on-going complexity of water allocation across Australia.

Booked cruises depart at 10am, 12:30pm or 3pm from the Goolwa Wharf.

The midday cruise (12:30pm) is scheduled to return to the wharf for the 2:45pm train to Victor Harbor.

Cruises can depart from any of the three docks (Google Maps) described in the FAQ page and alternative departure times to suit your own schedule are available on request. We confirm all bookings via SMS and include your preferred dock.

Call 0402 826 960 for information or to make a phone booking.

1hr cruise – $35 pp
(min 2 person booking)
1-2 persons for $70
3 persons for $105
4 persons for $140

Shipwrecks & Rivertrade Cruise

Goolwa is one of only two places in the entire world with operating steam locomotives and paddle-steamers. This information cruise is a complimentary addition to other great local river-trade attractions: the Goolwa Riverboat Centre, the Cockle Train & the P.S. Oscar W.

The birthplace of Australia’s river-trade, for 25 years the Port of Goolwa was a thriving region with significant trade and ship-building industries – and today visitors can still see examples of Australia’s unique design of paddle-steamers & barges.

There are still 5 historic shipwrecks along the Goolwa shoreline, and using modern side-scanning SONAR we can even view the detail of completely sunken vessels whilst visitors enjoy a relaxing cruise learning about Goolwa and the ebb & flow of the Murray river-trade.

Booked cruises depart at 10am, 12:30pm or 3pm from the Goolwa Wharf.

The midday cruise (12:30pm) is scheduled to return to the wharf for the 2:45pm train to Victor Harbor.

Cruises can depart from any of the three docks (Google Maps) described in the FAQ page and alternative departure times to suit your own schedule are available on request. We confirm all bookings via SMS and include your preferred dock.

Call 0402 826 960 for information or to make a phone booking.

2hr cruise – $80 pp
min 2 person booking
1-2 persons for $160
3 persons for $240
4 persons for $320

Cruise directly from Clayton Bay
($100 surcharge applies)

Mt Barker looking north from Boundary Creek

The Lower Lakes Islands Explore

Travelling upstream (30 min by boat) from Goolwa we explore the Clayton Bay region, seeing the unique views first documented by Charles Sturt on his epic journey down the Murray in 1830.

See many different types of shorelines from sheltered bays to vertical cliffs, the calm, protected waters of Dunn’s Lagoon, the narrow, reeded channel of Boundary Creek and the beautiful, serene waterway of Holmes Creek, all spectacular examples of the waters that divide the eastern area of Hindmarsh Island into many different islands.  We see nine different islands (you can even buy some of them), and optionally cruise through shallow, narrow waterways only accessible by small vessels with local knowledge.

And in stark contrast to the enclosed waterways, as we circumnavigate Rat Island you look over vast inland waters to the Narrung peninsula – and really get to visualise the great expanses of water that make up the Lower Lakes.

For an extra $100 we can provide an extended exploration (add 1 hour) of Dunn’s Lagoon & Boundary Creek as well as a stop for a leg stretch at the Clayton Bay jetty (and perhaps a coffee at the Sails at Clayton Bay cafe).

Alternatively the same $100 surcharge can provide the 2hr extended exploration departing directly from the Clayton Bay jetty.

Booked cruises depart at 10am, 12:30pm or 3pm from the Goolwa Wharf.

The midday cruise (12:30pm) is scheduled to return to the wharf for the 2:45pm train to Victor Harbor.

Cruises can depart from any of the three docks (Google Maps) described in the FAQ page and alternative departure times to suit your own schedule are available on request. We confirm all bookings via SMS and include your preferred dock.

Call 0402 826 960 for information or to make a phone booking.

(min 2 person booking)

1hr cruise – $40 pp
1-2 persons for $80
3 persons for $120
4 persons for $160

2hr cruise – $60 pp
1-2 persons for $120
3 persons for $180
4 persons for $240

Optional Holmes Creek 2hr cruise
departs from Clayton Bay
($100 surcharge applies)

Freshwater Fishing Cruises

Do you like to wet a line?  We offer 1 or 2 hr fishing cruises in the safe & protected inland waters upstream of the Goolwa Barrage, all bait and equipment supplied.

Note: we currently do not fish for Mulloway or Mullet at the Murray Mouth.

We describe this as a ‘fishing cruise’ rather than a ‘fishing charter’ because geography & cruise times significantly restrict our fishing options.  So these cruises are about experiencing the serentity of the Lower Lakes and, hopefully, the enjoyment of catching a fish rather than taking home a feed.

Our primary target species are Carp & Congoli, with the slight chance of Black Bream or Redfin.

These cruises are ideal for novice fisherfolk & children, and although Carp are an unwanted species in our river (our fault not theirs!) pound-for-pound they are an exciting fish to hook, especially from a boat where you are using light tackle.

Our boat is also designed so that friends & family who do not want to fish have plenty of space to sit back & relax in comfort.

1 hour Bridge Fishing Cruise

Cruising just upstream of the bridge we fish in shallow, safe waters for Carp.

2 hour Goolwa Fishing Cruise

This cruise travels the entire Goolwa waterway from the Barrage to Currency Creek,  As well as fishing diffrent locations you learn about the three man-made structures that dominate this waterway as well as experiencing a natural environment (isolated by water) typical of much of the Lower Lakes.

And as we return from Goolwa North, we look at several shipwrecks on the shoreline and learn a little of the paddle steamer rivertrade and the history of Goolwa.

2 hour Holmes Creek Fishing Cruise

Although we can’t guarantee any better fishing, Holmes Creek  is, in our opinion, the most scenic waterway in our region of the Lower Lakes.  Bordered by two islands with the sandhills of the Coorong on the horizon, this is a tranquil waterway with virtually no other boats to disturb either the serenity or the fishing!

To ensure decent fishing time (rather than just travelling) this cruise departs directly from the Clayton Bay jetty, so a $100 surchage applies.

 

Booked cruises depart at 10am, 12:30pm or 3pm from the Goolwa Wharf.

The midday cruise (12:30pm) is scheduled to return to the wharf for the 2:45pm train to Victor Harbor.

Cruises can depart from any of the three docks (Google Maps) described in the FAQ page and alternative departure times to suit your own schedule are available on request. We confirm all bookings via SMS and include your preferred dock.

Call 0402 826 960 for information or to make a phone booking.

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