If your outfit involves designer labels, peplums, knife-pleats, lettuce hems, vents or yokes, striped tops with the nautical look well, you are clearly just here for the weekend. In Goolwa it’s thongs, shorts, tracky dacks, old jeans, holey t-shirts, and high vis that are usually seen on the locals. It’s ready to wear, functional and comfortable casual when out and about. There are several Op Shops in Goolwa (e.g. Anglican Church in Crocker St, Bargain Barn behind The Professionals in Cadell St, and Upcycle at the Goolwa Shopping Centre). Op Shops are great places where you can save money, shop ethically, be environmentally friendly, support charities, and for those who don’t like their fashion trends to be dictated, they provide an alternative to the mainstream. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure (though not the best phrase to use when telling your child they were adopted).


cadell street

On public holidays the traffic in Goolwa is like King William Street on a Monday morning, and people seem to think that different road rules apply. It means traffic jams at the roundabout. Perhaps they are using their navigation device and trying to follow the confusing “take the second exit on the left” direction? Traffic would be less chaotic if it was just “drive through the next roundabout”.


empty shelf

With the influx of visitors during the holidays, the supermarket shelves are soon bare and it is as if a plague of locusts has descended. I should tell you about the time my husband volunteered to do the shopping for me. I thankfully handed over my carefully prepared list. He came back with 1 packet of sugar, 2 dozen eggs, 3 jars of vegemite, 4 loaves of bread, 5 containers of laundry detergent, 6 lettuces, 7 tomatoes and 8 tins of baked beans (one of his favourite foods) It’s ok, he said, they were on special.


kayak on fire

The river is a great place for a kayak adventure. Great for keeping fit, getting up close and personal with the wildlife, fishing, checking out the scenery. It can get a little cold in the winter months though. Reminds me of the two holiday makers who went out for a fishing expedition in their fishing kayak. They were getting cold so they decided to light a fire in their boat. Of course, it promptly sank, proving once again that you can’t have your kayak and heat it too.



No-one would disagree that the stars at night in Goolwa are amazing compared to Adelaide where the reflected city lights, or light pollution, dominates the sky. The Milky Way is amazing, and Orion (The Saucepan) is spectacular. I could tell you something funny about it, but it would be a waste of space.


fur seal nz

There has been a lot of press recently about the New Zealand fur seals. It is estimated that seals numbers have returned to levels similar to before they were hunted by the early white settlers. They are a major issue for the local fishing industry who lose a significant proportion of their catch, their livelihood, to the seals.
Q: What did the seal say when it swam into the barrage wall?
A: “Dam!

goolwa barrage