Right on the waterfront on the iconic Murray River is the historic Birks Harbour Marina, home to some of Goolwa's unique and classic wooden boats. Three luxurious accommodation options are available to guests fortunate enough to find this gorgeous haven. The Boathouse is a divine retreat for two right on the marina, a tranquil space where you can relax and watch the boats sail past, or doze to sounds of the river - water lapping against boats bobbing, rigging creaking and clinking gently - and the abundant birdlife of the river system. It's a perfect spot to view pelicans and ibis, or watch the fishing habits of the delicately exotic spoonbills, while reed warblers sing along the banks and superb fairy wrens flit and flicker.
Riverview and Captain' Retreat are set high amongst majestic Port Jackson fig trees and Norfolk Pines in two acres of private terraced gardens. Overlooking Birks Harbour and the Murray River, they offer self contained individual style and layout featuring stunning decor and maritime ambience. Designed for total luxury and privacy, each retreat has outdoor al fresco dining and BBQ facilities. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the mineral water pool, then relax with a wine as you savour the elegant surrounds and modern luxuries. Order a food platter or cook up a BBQ in a unique historic setting, and plan a few activities on the river - jump on a paddle steamer, fish from a rowboat, take some amazing photographs of local birds or simply relax on a deck chair in the sun, watching the soothing reflections of life on the river.
Just an hour's drive south of Adelaide on the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula, the river port of Goolwa is a unique and fascinating destination. Located on the mouth of the Murray River on Lake Alexandrina, you'll find a diversity of boating activities available, from paddle steamers and sailboats to canoes and powerboats. Visit the historic wharf, go birdwatching in the wetlands connecting the Murray and Lakes area or explore the historic buildings of Goolwa. Order a tankard of ale at the Steam Exchange Brewery, or take a leisurely ride on the Cockle Train around Encounter Bay to Victor Harbour, enjoying seaside views and fresh ocean breezes. It's an easy drive to the Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale and Currency Creek wine regions, as well as Hindmarsh Island and Willunga Farmers' Market. Birks Harbour Marina is conveniently located within 1km of the shops, cafes, restaurants, cellar door, brewery, art galleries, local market and the historic wharf of Goolwa.