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Cafe in Goolwa

Bombora

Down at the Goolwa surf beach, this modest little brick bunker has a big rep, serving baguettes, burgers, salads, brilliant bacon-and-egg damper with homemade chutney and Goolwa cockles. Sit in the adjunct raised pa…
Cafe in Goolwa

Motherduck

A buzzy highlight of the Goolwa shopping strip is this crafty little cafe, which always seems busier than anywhere else in Goolwa. Exposed stone walls, bravely strong coffee, Spanish-style baked eggs, Langhorne Cree…
Brewery in Goolwa

Steam Exchange Brewery

Down on the wharf, the Steam Exchange Brewery is a locally run brewery, turning out stouts and ales. Sip a Southerly Buster Dark Ale and look out over the rippling river. And SA's only single malt whiskey distillery…
Winery in Goolwa

Bremerton

Run by two savvy sisters, Bremerton is an innovative operator in an old-school region. Top chardonnay and shiraz.
Bistro in Goolwa

Hector's

Right on the Murray under the span of the Hindmarsh Island Bridge, eating at Hector's (festooned with fishing rods and oars) is like hanging out in your mate's boathouse. Seafood chowder, crumbed scallops and spinac…
Cafe in Goolwa

Café Lime

Pick up heat-and-eat gourmet dinners or a takeaway cone of salt-and-pepper squid with lime-salted fries. If you feel like lingering, nab a table for baguettes, curries, soups and pasta, or maybe a grilled tandoori c…
Wine Bar in Goolwa

Wharf Barrel Shed

Time for a wine? Down on the Goolwa Wharf, this hip little wine bar focuses on Fleurieu Peninsula wines by the glass or bottle. Fleurieu beers also get a run, as does regular live music. Doubles-up as the cellar doo…
Winery in Goolwa

Currency Creek Winery

Currency Creek Winery has around 160 acres under vine (brilliant cabernet sauvignon) plus a fab restaurant for Sunday lunch (set menu $50). Bookings advised.
Sports in Goolwa

South Australian Wooden Boat Festival

Wooden boats of all sizes, configurations and degrees of quaintness make a splash in the Murray in April in odd-numbered years.
Winery in Goolwa

Bleasdale Winery

The district's first winery has a wide range of wines, historic cellars and an old red-gum lever press.