60min cruise – $99 boat charter fee
3 persons = $33 pp
4 persons ~ $25 pp
100min cruise – $149 boat charter fee
3 persons ~ $50 pp
4 persons ~ $38 pp

Christmas Lights Cruise

Launching this summer is one of SA’s newest light displays at the Coorong Quays on Hindmarsh Island – and one you can only truly appreciate from the water.

Goolwa is just over an hour’s drive from Adelaide, then just park the car, sit back, relax (BYO drinks & nibbles) and enjoy the spectacular effect of the house & garden light shows as they reflect off the safe & protected waters of the marina.

Ideal for familes or friends, we are offering a 60 minute cruise for those on a budget, or the full 100 minute cruise where you can view all of the house & garden light displays in the marina, and between Dec 7 & Jan 6 full cruise passengers can even cast a vote for the best display.

Cruises depart from the Coorong Quays Marina (Google Map in the FAQ page) just after last light, and with summer daylight saving times this will typically be after 8pm, so bookings for the early cruises are recommended!

We confirm all bookings 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.

Display Registration

If your Coorong Quays property is visible from the water, then you can register your Christmas lights display online for voting between Dec 7 and Jan 6. Registration is FREE, and the registered display with the most votes from cruise passengers wins a $100 voucher for either the Islander’s Tavern or Southern Cross Marine.

Please note properties on Pullen Lagoon are unable to enter as we do not yet have access – next year!

Alternatively you can register by contacting us directly by email or phone (details at base of page) or by contacting the Coorong Quays.

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45min cruise – $99 boat charter fee
1-2 persons: $100 = $49.50 pp
3 persons:    $100 = $33 pp
4 persons:    $100 = $24.75 pp

Summer Sunset Cruise

From the water watch the glorious summer sunsets over Goolwa, and on a Friday evening maybe even see the boats of the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club after their summer race events. Perfect for a special after-dinner cruise – 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, and includes an ‘almost’ silent electric motor cruise past the bird sanctuary, often showcasing lots of pelicans and birds. Travelling at no more than walking pace (4 knots) the entire cruise is completed before last light – so it is extremely serene and safe.

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

Due to daylight saving, departure times will vary based on the date, however 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 – $50 pp
1-2 persons: $100 – min charge
3 persons:    $140 – $10 discount
4 persons:    $180 – $20 discount

‘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 or 2pm from any of the three docks (Google Maps) described in the FAQ page. We confirm your booking via SMS and include your preferred dock.

Call 0402 826 960 to book or online booking is also available.

2hr cruise – $35 pp
1-2 persons: $70 – min charge
3 persons:    $100 – $5 discount
4 persons:    $130 – $10 discount

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 12:30pm from any of the three docks (Google Maps) described in the FAQ page. We confirm your booking via SMS and include your preferred dock.

Call 0402 826 960 to book or online booking is also available.

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