Goolwa Tourism 5214

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SABA is sponsoring the development of a network of tourism businesses associated with the Goolwa postcode of 5214.  This covers operators based in Goolwa, Hindmarsh Island, Currency Creek, Mundoo Island and surrounding areas.

The purpose of Goolwa Tourism 5214 is to generate activities and events that bring together the wide range of experiences available in this unique part of the world. A vibrant tourism industry in this region has a positive flow-on effect for all businesses. Tourism is a labour-intensive industry which the South Australian government has recognised as an important part of our economy for the future.  Most operators are micro or small businesses which are the cornerstone of the Alexandrina area.  Drawing together these small operators as a network is important in promoting the region to the rest of the world.

As well as offering benefits for businesses, tourism can enhance community life too.  This can include improved infrastructure, extra entertainment opportunities, developing community pride, increasing cultural heritage experiences and additional employment prospects.

Goolwa Tourism 5214 aims to promote this area as a destination as well as the focus for experiences available to all potential visiting groups – families, couples, youth, interstate and international visitors. Our closeness to Adelaide encourages day-trips but this is an area which has so much to offer, longer visits should be planned.

The Alexandrina Council has recognised the importance of the recreational vehicle travellers and are providing facilities for this growing group of potential visitors.

At any time of the year, there is something special happening.  Postcode 5214 offers experiences that can include:

  • The Mouth of the River Murray as well as entry into the Ramsar protected region of the Coorong
  • Steam to Steam – Paddle steamer Oscar W and the Cockle Train
  • Surfing all year round
  • Whale watching in winter, wildlife, seals, fauna, bird-watching
  • Freshwater sailing, marinas and boat building, especially wooden boats
  • Meeting producers (cattle, sheep, goats, dairy, olives, fishing, fruit and vegetable growers) and enjoying their produce at restaurants and cafés with outstanding locations (overlooking the River Murray or beside the southern ocean) while sipping locally produced beverages that include award-winning wines and beers
  • Arts and crafts at markets or in great galleries, both private and community owned
  • Trails for walking or cycling
  • “Just Add Water” activities that include performing arts, displays, workshops and children’s interests
  • Heritage tours, ghost walks, shopping and much more…….  

In 2007, Goolwa gained accreditation as the first Cittaslow (or slow town) in Australia.  SABA sponsored this development which involves the active support of the Council, the businesses and the general community.  Cittaslow identifies the unique characteristics of a region and endeavours to make sure that strategies are in place to preserve those characteristics and encourages everyone (residents and visitors) to take the time to slow down and enjoy these experiences. Cittaslow is an international organisation which will host its 2017 Assembly in Goolwa.

Goolwa Tourism 5214 enquiries to John Clark (08) 8555 5888 or john@ausbowcom.au.

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