The Rushes – Goolwa Wharf Precinct, Lake Alexandrina and South Coast
Goolwa is one of South Australia's many beautiful seaside villages and has the perfect mix of sleepy and sophisticated to ensure a gourmet stay with a totally chilled vibe. The Rushes is ideally located beside the lake and village where you can indulge and relax in this beautiful and luxuriously styled property. The Rushes rustic elegance creates a warm ambiance perfect for a romantic getaway or just to spoil yourself.
The Rushes sits beside the lower lakes of the River Murray and where this river ends its incredible 2530km journey as it flows through the Coorong before entering the Great Australian Bight. Enjoy morning walks and the natural wonder of the beautiful Murray Lower Lakes and Goolwa Beach with its abundant bird life in the Tokuremoar Reserve. Goolwa Beach is a popular surfing and fishing spot, famous for its Pippi’s or Cockles easily found on the beach when in season. The Coorong National Park is where the film Storm Boy is based and is a must see. The Coorong can be accessed through regular tours leaving from the wharf.
The Rushes cottage facade fits well into this State Heritage area and inside natural and recycled materials have been beautifully blended into a modern masterpiece. Light fills the rooms from the central private courtyard that has an alfresco open fireplace constructed with old red bricks, the perfect spot to relax with a glass of wine. Guests are spoiled with the luxurious bedroom having a comfy queen size bed and indulgent deep soaking bath. An adjacent separate bathroom is well appointed with heated towel rail and soft fluffy towels. The front room has a cosy sitting area with a window looking out toward the lake. A comfortable lounge area is well fitted with smart TV and complimentary Wi-Fi. The rear sun deck is a peaceful spot to relax elevated over the lush bamboo garden.
Goolwa offers a fine selection of restaurants, cafes, pubs and other eateries where you can enjoy a quick coffee or a full menu. Why not try the local seafood? Just a stone’s throw from The Rushes is the Goolwa Wharf Market. A great place to sample local produce, meet some of the locals or even pick up a bargain.
Goolwa is the only place in Australia where steam train meets steam paddle steamer with Goolwa being the home of the steam paddle steamer the Oscar W. The steam train departs from the wharfe on weekends and public holidays for its return trip along the coast to the beautiful seaside town of Victor Harbor.
For the history buff Goolwa has plenty to offer. Dating back to 1837 when the area was considered as the site for the colony’s capital. It is also the home of Australia’s first public railway and the filming of the original Storm Boy. There’s plenty to see with local heritage architecture particularly in the area known as Little Scotland and a selection of art galleries and shops.