Paddle Steamer Oscar 'W'

Address: Goolwa Wharf, end of Cutting Road, Goolwa

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Karen Ross when writing for Weekend Notes, has provided the following report about the PS Oscar W and the Museum on the Goolwa Wharf.

Cruise on the Oscar W Paddle Steamer

See the bridge, the barrages and the birdlife of Goolwa

During its heyday in the late 1850's, Goolwa was one of Australia's most important river ports. This was due to its location at the mouth of the River Murray and consequent access to the broader river system.
Paddle steamers towed barges carrying supplies upriver and returned laden with wool. Goolwa's industries included breweries, a saw mill and a flour mill, as well as shipbuilding and repairs. Between 1853 and 1913, thirty seven paddle steamers and twenty three barges were built at Goolwa. Read more...

Cruising Information

Cruising Times





Adult - $20

Concession - $15

Children (5–15 yrs) - $8

Family (2A + 2Ch) - $48

One hour paddle steamer cruises departing from the Goolwa Wharf. Booking via the Goolwa Riverboat Centre for the Goolwa Visitor Information Centre.