A comfortable house with a 'beach shack' feel, with 4 bedrooms, situated between Goolwa Beach and the Murray River Lakes foreshore. We are near the South Lakes Golf Course, close to the AquaCaf restaurant and the new Goolwa Aquatic Club community facility, the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club and the new Ballast Stone Restaurant at the Wharf, all in easy walking along the lakefront walkway. This is a private holiday home, in a quality holiday area protected by native gardens & trees.

Top Rated Properties: Our house rates highly on this website purely by positive guest approvals, fair pricing and our attention to client service, not by paying more to get priority.

Our holiday house is a classic, updated two-storey Goolwa Shack style house at South Lakes, with four (4) bedrooms, one being a large open layout downstairs for multiple kids or a separate family.

Goolwa is just a 75 minute drive from Adelaide via the Hills Freeway to Mt Barker & Strathalbyn, or by the Victor Harbor Road. You don't need to bring much with you to have a great time.

[Guest comment in 2010: "We had a fantastic long weekend. It was very quiet and relaxing and the way you have set up the home meant we had everything on hand. The open plan of the house meant that we could have our own space but still talk to each other! On Sunday morning we went for a walk around the area and it felt like we had been away for weeks. It really felt like our holiday house, so thank you so much for sharing it with us." Ali & Brian, Adelaide]

[June 2011: "We recently had to attend a family event in Goolwa and would normally use a motel for such a sudden visit but this was so much better. The instructions were foolproof, the place was spotless and had everything that you would normally reach for at home. We are home again now and it seems like it was with much less effort than usual and we can only put it down to being able to relax like we were at home."]

At our place you'll hear the rolling ocean, just beyond the golf course and sandhills. Goolwa Beach has on-beach access for careful 4WD adventures to the Murray Mouth and Beach Fishing. Inside the sandhill peninsula you can drive to the sheltered saltwater Coorong boat ramp at Beacon 19, just a few minutes drive down Barrage Road, alongside the River, where you can fish in tidal estuary waters nearer the Murray Mouth. The movie 'Storm Boy' was filmed right around here.

Bird watchers will be amazed with the wild life. This is Five Star Wilderness without the eco-tourist hype, all just a few minutes from our house.

The house has comfortable space for 8 people, or even for two flexible families by agreement. Comfortable modern furnishings and a big split system heat/cool air-conditioner unit are a feature. Widescreen digital TV and DVD with our many quality film & music event DVDs for your use. Toilet facilities upstairs and down. Under the balcony there's a big gas BBQ ready for dinner/ breakfasts. Plus a Weber charcoal Kettle BBQ - if you know how.

Goolwa South Lakes is ideal for families to enjoy water sports and fishing. The water is now flowing in the Murray and you have full access to the seawater via the excitement of traversing the Lock through the Goolwa Barrage to cruise to the Coorong and Murray Mouth. Water skiing, parasail boarding, trailer-sailing or even r/c model boating is a feature of the protected lakes. You are just a minute from the water at Open House Goolwa.

Goolwa ~ on Murray & Sea (c)

Our family house is attractive and clean with 'shack style' relaxation in the garden setting of South Lakes, a traditional holiday place that so many remember.

We only ask you to bring your own supply of bedroom, bathroom and kitchen linen plus all personal requirements. (We have emergency sheets, but please let us know if used. All the Beds have a quality Duna with Quilt cover, so all you need is basic linen and sheets. Sleeping space for 6 people in Three Bedrooms upstairs: one has a queen size bed / one a double and the third smaller bedroom has a set of single bed bunks. Downstairs sleeping space for several more people in a bunkhouse style that kids enjoy!

Relax: Walking distance for great food! If you don't want to cook, walk to the nearby South Lakes Golf Club where you are welcomed for good food & pokies; or the popular and trendy AquaCaf, the Bombora Cafe near the beach or the Goolwa Yacht Club, or the many town hotels, clubs, cafes and bakeries. You can have your meals delivered. Check for Pizza & Pub contacts on our fridge magnets!

On Arrival: Put on the kettle. Use our complimentary Coffee Bags & Tea bags as a welcome. Sit down and relax. Doing nothing is totally acceptable!

Cycle Safe with your friends

Only an hour's drive and a quick Change of House can create a positive feeling.

*Cycle Groups: you are very close to the exciting Encounter Bikeway.

On Sundays and during school holidays the Bikeway can be combined with the famous Cockle Train. Fantastic views of coast with many locations to stop and explore along the way including cafes, parks and historic towns of Middleton and Pt Elliot. Cycle Maps are available from Goolwa or Victor Harbor Visitor Information Centres.

We are NOT a Motel and prefer stays of two (2) + more nights. We have specials for OFF PEAK Mid Week longer stays - Sunday to Thursday. Contact us to discuss our flexible options. PETS: Ask about your well-behaved Pets staying with you also.

NOTE: Long Weekends & Peak School Holidays, Easter and Xmas or New Year Holiday periods are always in demand, so contact us early. Longer term bookings may receive precedence for Peak times.

Cleaning Agreement: You MUST leave the house "As Clean As You Found It" - including a final clean of dishes, kitchen, bathroom, toilets and sweeping & vacuum of floors up stairs and downstairs. We have a check person come in, but this house is not a motel.

OPEN HOUSE @ Goolwa / On Murray & Sea is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Relaxing house and easy booking Open House was great! We had a relaxing long weekend with our family & kids friends. The booking arrangements were made easy with good communication from the owners Mike & Christine. What they promised was delivered.
Date published: 2014-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent house Great house for a break away!! Good location and lots of space for kids to play outside.
Date published: 2014-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We recently had to attend a funeral in Goolwa and would normaly use a motel for such a sudden visit but this was so much better. The instructions were foolproof, the place was spotless and had everything that you would normally reach for at home. We are home again now and it seems like it was with much less effort thanusual and we can only put it down to being able to relax like we were athome. Next time it will be a holiday.
Date published: 2011-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My family and I stayed at Goolwa Open house or dearly known as "the shack" from sept 16 -20 2010. There were 7 of us as we came for my daughters wedding. we had a great time with many beautiful memories. I would love to stay at the shack on my return to Goolwa.
Date published: 2010-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome time had by all. Place was great. Thanks
Date published: 2009-12-16


Stayz Rental Guarantee Stayz Rental Assurance Features

Airconditioning, Washing Machine, Parking

Big Yard for Kids
Bike Safe, Walk Friendly
Cooking Facilities
DVD player
Dunas on beds; you bring sheets
Easy Parking
Family Groups OK
Family Shack House
High chair
In-house Movies/Videos
Ironing Facilities
Pets allowed
Pets if we agree
Rumpus room
Two Floors / Two Toilets
Undercover BBQ space
Washing Machine


Always Competitive Prices! We are flexible with your arrival or exit times. That's why we get great reviews. Contact us for options on required days or prices. Our per night cost is better than motels or a caravan park cabin, and the per person price is better!

Property Overview

Property Rates & Min Night Stay
From To Sun to Thurs ($ p/n average) Fri & Sat night 7 night stay Min night stay Extra adult ($ p/n) Extra child ($ p/n)
* $200 $480 $1480 5 $0 $0
* $150 $400 $1150 2 $0 $0


The following dates have a specific tariff and will not be charged the normal price, however any discounts will be applied.

  • $300 p/n
  • $300 p/n
  • $300 p/n
  • $300 p/n
  • $300 p/n
Additional Costs
Mandatory costs Optional costs*
Bond deposit $300 p/s Easy Family Weekend $400 p/s
Long Weekends 3 Day $600 p/s
School Hols Mid Year $1,000 p/s
Xmas & New Year week $1,500 p/s
Schoolies: Agreement $2,800 p/s
Easter Weekend $1,400 p/s

Note: Pricing is subject to change, and a minimum stay period and other conditions may apply. You should confirm pricing with the property owner.

Prices listed based on 7 adults. Property has 7 beds and can sleep a maximum 8 people.

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