Goolwa is where the first railway line in South Australia was built, to carry produce from large ships that were unable to travel along the river to Goolwa. You can find out more about the shipping town in the museum and the Signal Point River Murray Interpretive Centre. Heading east from Goolwa is the beautiful beach of the Sir Richard Peninsula. However the only access to Coorong Beach at the eastern tip of Sir Richard Peninsula is by boat.
There are also boat trips to Hindmarsh Island as well as along the Lower Murray River, which make a pleasant day out as well as a number of other attractions.
There is a full range of accommodation in Goolwa, and it really is a lovely place to stay. However, it also makes a great day trip from Adelaide, with Premier Stateliner offering bus services everyday. You can also get on the pretty Steam Ranger from Mt. Barker which travels to Victor Harbor passing through Strathalbyn and Goolwa on the way.