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Where to stay in Goolwa

Goolwa is a riverside town just south of Adelaide. There is a range of accommodation options catering to all needs and budgets, including Airbnb, Stayz, self-contained apartments and hotels. Below we’ve shortlisted accommodation for small and large groups, to help you find a place to (briefly) call home while you’re with us on the Fleurieu Peninsula. 

Goolwa and the surrounding area

Goolwa’s neighbouring townships are also great spots to stay while you’re at the Forum (see map). Travel times (by car) are listed below for your reference.

  • Goolwa Beach: 5 minutes
  • Goolwa North: 6 minutes
  • Middleton: 8 minutes
  • Hindmarsh Island: 13 minutes
  • Port Elliot: 16 minutes
  • Victor Harbor: 20 minutes

For one or two people

The average cost on Airbnb is $90-100 per night for one- to two-bedroom places, which can be found in Goolwa and all the way down to Victor Harbor. On Stayz, you’ll find places to suit one or two people for around the same. There are lots of homely riverside cottages to choose from!

Rooms start at around $90 per night, while something a little more luxurious can be found for $120 or so. Take a look on to find yourself a good deal.

Accommodation options for three or more people

For three- and four-bedroom places, the average cost on Airbnb and Stayz varies from $250 to $300 per night. There are beachside and riverfront places perfect for small groups. Get in and book early to secure yourself comfort and even a little relaxation while at the Forum.

Self-contained apartments

Studios, apartments and houses, whether for large groups or an individual looking for a little privacy, Goolwa and Goolwa Beach have options for $200 per night and up. Check these out on the Fleurieu Peninsula’s official website. Lots of charming places to call home!

How to get to Goolwa

Goolwa is roughly 85 kilometres south from Adelaide Airport, we recommend travelling by car or bus. Please read on for a brief guide on these to help you arrive safe and sound at the Forum this October.

To register your interest in a shuttle bus service from Adelaide to Goolwa, please complete this form and we will be in touch in due course with more details.


Hiring a car at the airport is simple and straightforward. Plenty of car hire companies have desks at the airport. More information on car hire can be found here.

The drive from Adelaide to Goolwa takes around one hour and 20 minutes, with the choice of two main driving routes and not much time difference between them.

The Southern Expressway is the most direct route, via the McLaren Vale, also called the Gateway to the Fleurieu. The alternative, and arguably more scenic route, is the South Eastern Freeway.

If you come to Goolwa by car, keep your eyes open for the heritage-registered Aboriginal Canoe Tree at Currency Creek.


For public transport to/from Adelaide Airport, Adelaide Metro offers an express double decker bus service called JetExpress between the airport and the city.

Bus transport to Goolwa is available with Link SA. Visit the Link SA website for timetables and prices or contact the Goolwa Visitor Information Centre on phone 1300 466 592 or email

More information

For more information on the area, please get in touch with the Goolwa Visitor Information Centre.