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.

Our house continues to rate highly on this website purely by positive guest approvals and our attention to service. It is a classic, updated two-storey Goolwa Shack house at South Lakes, with four (4) bedrooms, one being a large open layout downstairs for multiple kids or a separate family. Digital TV now activated.

Goolwa is a 70 minute drive from Adelaide by the Hills road (Mt Barker & Strathalbyn) or by the Victor Harbor Road. You don't need to bring very much 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]

[And 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."]

Nature nearby: You'll hear the rolling ocean, just beyond the golf course. Goolwa Beach has very rare on-beach access for careful 4WD adventurers to the Murray Mouth and beach fishing. The sheltered saltwater Coorong boat ramp at Beacon 19 is just a few minutes drive by a normal car down Barrage Road, beside the River, where you can fish in tidal waters nearer the Murray Mouth. 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 7-8 people, or 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 too with our many quality film & music event DVDs available for your use. Toilet facilities upstairs and down. Under the balcony there's a big gas BBQ ready for dinner and breakfasts. Plus a Weber charcoal Kettle BBQ if you know how.

South Lakes is ideal for families to enjoy water sports and fishing. The water is flowing in the Murray and you have access to the seawater by the Barrage Lock now open to cruise to the Coorong and 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.

Family Weekend & Getaways are easy...

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.

For family groups we only ask you to bring your own Linen (sheets, pillow cases & towels). (We have emergency sheets, but please let us know if used. ALL Beds are fitted with quality Dunas with Quilt covers, so all you need is basic linen and sheets. Sleeping for 6 people in Three Bedrooms upstairs: one has a queen size / one a double and the third smaller bedroom has a set of single bed bunks. Downstairs sleeping for several extra people in a bunk house style that kids enjoy!.

Relax: Walking distance for great food! If you don't want to cook, go to the nearby South Lakes Golf Club where you are welcome for food & pokies; or the popular and trendy AquaCaf and the Goolwa Aquatic Club, or the many town hotels, clubs, cafes and bakeries. You can have your meals delivered. Check for Pizza & Pub contacts on 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!

An hour from Adelaide - try our Sea Change and commute for a while...

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

Search on line for www.goolwaboating and view the Gallery Panorama of the river.

*Cycle Groups: you are close to 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. Ask about your well-behaved Pets staying 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.

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OPEN HOUSE @ Goolwa is rated 4.625 out of 5 by 8.
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
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Comfortable, plenty of room for our family and boat, good to have kids downstairs and parents upstairs, close to boat ramp, quiet street, all we needed for a relaxing few days. Like to stay again sometime.
Date published: 2009-10-19


Stayz Rental Guarantee Stayz Rental Assurance Features

Airconditioning, Washing Machine, Parking

Bike Safe, Walk Friendly
Cooking Facilities
DVD player
Dunas on all Beds, you bring sheets
Family Preferred stays
Family Shack Style
Garden Yard for Kids
High chair
In-house Movies/Videos
Ironing Facilities
Multiple Parking spaces
Pets OK if agreed
Pets allowed
Rumpus room
Two Floors / Two Toilets
Undercover BBQ area
Washing Machine


Always Competitive Prices! We will be flexible to fit in with your personal 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!

Special offer!

School Holiday Deals for late bookings can be arranged as a 'per night' instead of full week stay in Holiday times. Contact us for an agreeable special rate. Mid Week stays are always offered as a Special Deal, just make contact to discuss what you need.

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)
* $150 $400 $1150 2 $0 $0
* $200 $440 $1440 5 $0 $0
* $150 $400 $1150 2 $0 $0
* $200 $440 $1440 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.

  • $440 p/n
  • $440 p/n
  • $440 p/n
  • $440 p/n
  • $440 p/n
Additional Costs
Mandatory costs Optional costs*
Bond deposit $300 p/s Easy Family Weekend $400 p/s
Long Weekends 3 Day $660 p/s
School Mid Year week $970 p/s
Xmas & New Year week $1,440 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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