Marine Cove Resort
27 Barrage Road, SA, Goolwa, Outside US, 5214
A good place to start any exploration of Goolwa is Signal Point, a handsome modern building located at the Wharf near the ferry across to Hindmarsh Island. The Centre was completed in 1988, opened by Prince Charles, and is devoted to the Murray River in all its glory and complexity. There is an extensive photographic display, a history of human relationships with the river, lots of information on the old river boats which used to ply the river, and it offers an excellent explanation of how Goolwa fits into the history of the Murray. HISTORIC BUILDINGS: In 1987 the inner section of Goolwa was declared a State Heritage Area because of its importance as a river port from the 1850s to the 1880s. There is a brochure available which lists all the major buildings in this area. They include the Council Chambers in Cadell Street which incorporate the original Town Hall (1860) and which were modernised in 1878 and 1907; the Goolwa Hotel in Cadell Street which dates from 1853 and has the figurehead from the Mozambique out the front; the bow-fronted shop over the road from the hotel which dates from the 1850s; the attractive Soldiers Memorial Gardens in the middle of the town centre which were completed in 1917 and built on the site where the horse tramway used to go; the Post Office (built in 1857 and used by tramway passengers until 1872) in Goolwa Terrace opposite the Gardens; the Old Police Station and Court House in Goolwa Terrace which was built between 1859-74; the former railway horse stables behind the Post Office where the horses which pulled the train from Goolwa to Port Elliot were stabled (built 1862); the railway cutting behind the post office which dates from 1852; the Corio and former Australasian Hotels on the corner opposite the post office (both these buildings date from 1857 when the town was at its height - the Australasian closed in 1934 and was used as an office for the building of the Goolwa barrage until 1940) and, closer to the river, the Customs House (1859) which was built when Goolwa was proclaimed a port. At the back of this important collection of buildings is the Railway Superintendent's House, known as the Round House, which dates from 1852 and is the oldest house in the town.