The Admiral Riverside

Holiday house in Goolwa

5 reviews (5.0)

The Admiral Riverside - relaxed, self contained waterfront accommodation for up to 8 guests. With panoramic views, this beautifully appointed, and thoughtfully laid out property is within easy strolling distance to everything that Goolwa has to offer.

$456.50 - $456.50
4 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
8 guests
Book from $456.50 per day Low commission
4 bedrooms 3 bathrooms Max. 8 guests (included) Min. 1 night

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The Admiral Riverside - relaxed waterfront luxury. Simply the most panoramic views in Goolwa.

Offering boutique waterfront accommodation for up to 8 guests, The Admiral Riverside is situated on Goolwa’s premier riverfront address - Admiral Terrace - providing guests with sublime vistas across the Murray River, Goolwa Lake, Hindmarsh Island and the Barrage.
Ideally suited to couples seeking a romantic escape, family celebrations or groups seeking self-catering accommodation, The Admiral Riverside is beautifully appointed, thoughtfully laid out and within easy walking distance to everything that Goolwa has to offer.

Standing on the highest point of the Murray riverbank, this Goolwa landmark is located adjacent to the wharf in the heritage listed area of the township and has been modernised and transformed from its humble 1850’s origins. Unpretentious luxury and uninterrupted relaxation is what The Admiral Riverside is all about. The living is easy and the surroundings inspiring.

The Admiral comfortably sleeps 4 couples in its four well-appointed bedrooms, each with queen sized bed and two with private ensuites.

The property combines two bedrooms in the main cottage with two separate elevated studio ensuites with stunning water views.

The layout is ideal for several couples or for parents with teenage children looking to combine a family holiday with some personal privacy. Each private studio ensuite offers a main bedroom, bathroom, HD television, bar fridge, coffee machine and tea making facilities.

In the main house the fully equipped kitchen with café bar opening to the outdoor entertaining area makes the preparation of lazy breakfasts, afternoon grazing platters and indulgent evening meals an absolute pleasure.

Gather friends for a dinner party, fire up the BBQ for outdoor entertaining with the family or light candles for a romantic dinner for two. 

Settle onto the large infinity deck and feel your stress melt away watching the never-ending spectacle of light and shadow playing across the water stretched out before you. Enjoy the thrill of the yacht racing, the beauty of the pelicans and the majesty of the Oscar W paddle steamer. And try to decide how many photos of the view are too many to post.

Moor your boat at the public marina in front of the property or walk down to the wharf and jump on one of the many boats that cruise the Coorong and Lower Murray. 

LINEN - supplied
KITCHEN - fully equipped
INTERNET (NBN) - free wifi throughout, free Netflix and other streaming services to 3 flat screen tvs.
ACTIVITIES - free use of pool room, 2-person kayak, pétanque

"Fantastic location, luxury, stylish and practical accommodation - 5 star find".  Amanda W, stayed August 2018

"This house is amazing. It is beautifully decorated and the layout is perfect. The two bedrooms in the main house are gorgeous, the beds are so comfortable and the pillows a dream. The two detached bedrooms with private en-suites were great - it made sure there was no congestion in the bathroom. The pool table and theatre room were so much fun. The location is perfect. I can not recommend this place enough and will be back for sure".   Laura, stayed March 2019

"Serenity. Wonderful location to shops and cafes, beautiful river outlook and perfect for sunrises". Katrina A, stayed April 2019

"Beautiful accommodation with fantastic Murray River views. Overall this is one of the best properties we have ever stayed in". John F stayed March 2019

"The property is exceptionally clean, spacious, with multiple areas inside and out to relax and soak up the serenity.  We appreciated the house was decorated with artistic pieces from local artists. Great value for money. It's everything you love about Goolwa, all in one".  Sheri A, stayed September 2018


About Goolwa

Nestled on a small peninsula between the Goolwa Lake, mouth of the Murray River, the Coorong National Park and the stunning Goolwa Beach the charming river port town of Goolwa offers something for everyone whether you are a foodie, boatie, surfer, swimmer, fisherman, walker, kayaker, golfer or cyclist.

Throw out a rug and picnic on the banks of the river, or savour a glass of local wine, a locally brewed beer, gin and whiskey, an amazing coffee, a gourmet cooked breakfast on the Goolwa Wharf, or fine dining at the award winning Australasian - it's all on your doorstep and only a couple of minutes walk away.

The unique combination of river, lake and beach on your doorstep provides endless options for summer aquatic adventures including swimming, sailing, wakeboarding, water skiing, kayaking, paddleboarding, jet skiing, surfing, boogie boarding, kitesurfing and fishing.

Keen fishermen are spoilt for choice. Just throw a line off the wharf just 50 metres from your door to fish for Callop, Bream, Perch, Redfin, Murray Cod, freshwater shrimp and yabbies while watching the pelicans out-fish you! Or for the more adventurous, fish the barrage, Beacon 19, Murray Mouth, Coorong or surf-fish the 11km of pristine Goolwa Beach, fully accessible by 4WD.

A two minute drive (or ten minute walk) from The Admiral Riverside will have you at Goolwa Beach – one of the most beautiful and untouched parts of the South Australian coastline. 

Head down the ramp and onto the beach itself and drive on the perfect white sand beach for 11kms to the Murray Mouth – the end of Murray River, the entrance to the Coorong and home to a colony of seals and numerous school fish which move freely through this unique and pristine channel which is not accessible by any other means.

The Admiral Riverside is a perfect choice to explore Goolwa and the Fleurieu Peninsula for extended holidays, short breaks, a romantic retreat, a family holiday to remember or an annual pilgrimage with friends - the choice is yours.


  • Laundry facilities
  • Pets not allowed
  • No smoking
  • Games room
  • BBQ - Gas
  • Spa Bath
  • Kitchen
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Air conditioning
  • Linen supplied
  • Internet access
  • Fans (ceiling/standard)
  • Lake nearby
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
  • Ensuite
  • Boat Ramp Nearby
  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • Books/Magazines Supplied
  • Dishwasher
  • Bath towels provided
  • Broadband internet available
  • Clothes dryer
  • Cooking facilities
  • Gas stove
  • Hair dryer
  • Heaters provided
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Microwave
  • Patio
  • Reverse cycle heating
  • Stairs
  • Street parking
  • Walk to the shops
  • Washing machine
  • Video Games
  • Free WiFi
  • Dishes and utensils
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


Location map

House rules

  • Strictly no parties, schoolies groups or pets allowed
  • The property is available for a maximum of 8 guests.
  • The property is not suitable for children under the age of 12

Check-in & check-out times

Check-in: 14:00:00
Check-out: 10:00:00

Terms & conditions

Rental Terms & Conditions

Welcome to The Admiral Riverside!

We want you to have a wonderful stay.  To ensure a thoroughly enjoyable experience both for yourself and those who will follow, we would ask that you please read and adhere to the following conditions for use of the property:


  • The property is located at 11 Admiral Terrace, Goolwa, South Australia.  The keys for the house are available at the property.  The code for the key box will be sent to you via email prior to your arrival.
  • Check in time is 2pm and guests must vacate the property by 10am on the last day.  If there are no other bookings, late check-out times can be pre-arranged.  Please request in the week prior to your stay.


  • The house is available for a maximum of 8 guests.  At no time are additional guests permitted to stay overnight in or at the property.
  • There are strictly no pets at the property.
  • There are strictly no parties, schoolies events or similar at the property.


  • The owner’s storage areas including the storeroom accessed via bedroom one in the main house, are not available to guests.
  • The house is not on mains sewerage.  Sanitary items, nappies, plastic liners, wipes, or any plastic materials are not to be flushed down the toilet or put down any drain.  Please do not pour food waste or oil that can solidify down any of the sinks as this will potentially block the drains and the water system – this will result in you losing your bond.
  • For safety reasons, please do not use the gas fireplace located in the dining room. 
  • Do not move any indoor furniture outside. To prevent damage, do not move indoor furniture (other than dining chairs) around the main house or studio suites.
  • Outdoor chairs may be moved around, but please put them in their original location at night so that they don’t blow away or get damaged by wind. Please return them to their original positions prior to departure.


  • Bin collection day is Thursday.  We ask you to please put the bins out on the kerb on Wednesday evening if this falls during your rental period.  Garbage will not be collected if it is left sitting next to the bin.  If the amount of rubbish you produce during your stay results in an overflow, please remove this or you will incur a rubbish removal charge. 
  • Cleaning is a set fee and for a specific service. If the cleaning contractor finds the property has been left in an undesirable condition, additional cleaning time will be required and the associated charges will be deducted from the bond. 


  • The BBQ is connected via gas line to a large gas cylinder which services the main house and supplies gas for cooking and hot water. Please ensure that all burners on the BBQ are switched into the OFF position after use to avoid depleting the entire gas supply.
  • Please ensure the BBQ is cleaned after use.  Failure to do so will incur an additional $50 cleaning fee which will be deducted from the bond.  Do not hose down the BBQ.


  • There is no smoking within the property – including the cottage, studio apartments and the pool room.  Should this occur, your bond will be forfeited.  Smoking is permitted outside only. Please discard cigarette butts and litter appropriately.


  • There are to be no fires at the property. 
  • No tents are to be erected on the property. 
  • Please be aware that we have an underground watering system throughout the lawn and no pegs or items such as totem tennis are to be inserted into the lawn.

LEISURE EQUIPMENT                                                           

  • The following items are available for guest use.  Please return them in the same condition that they are provided and immediately report any loss or damage.  Use of the kayak and other water equipment is at your own risk.  Life jackets and transport wheels are provided and stored in the pool room:  Surf board, 4 x Boogie Boards, 2 Person Kayak, Pool Table, Croquet Set, Lawn Bowls, Board Games.
  • Please cover the pool table when not being used.


  • As you would expect if there is any damage to the property, the cost of repairing this will be deducted from the bond.  Please report any damage to us during or on the day of checkout.  If you find any damage on your arrival, please report this to us so we are aware.
  • Liability for damage and loss is not limited to the bond amount.  Your use of the property constitutes acceptance that your liability for damage or loss is not limited to the bond amount.  You agree to cover all costs associated with damage and/or loss.



Andrea Catchlove - Adelaide


September, 2019

Beautiful house and great location. Owners have thought of everything....loved it!

James M


June, 2019

"Great stay amazing views" Lovely Cottage, amazing views. Very clean and accessible. Inside it’s quiet and it’s lovely to watch the Sailing Boats and see the train pass by in the morning.

Marisa N - South Australia


May, 2019

We fell in love with the admiral house as soon as we arrived. The view is stunning. The house is very unique, nice and clean. And provided furniture was very modern and comfortable. Kitchen is very large, spacious and full of convinient equipment. Entertainment areas were amazing and well maintained. Perfect suit bedroom, nice view, nice bathroom and very comfortable stay overal. Enyoyed walking around the local area and waking up with that amazing view Very furfilling stay. 8 of us very enjoy our city break.

John F


March, 2019

"The Admiral Riverside is beautiful accommodation with fantastic Murray River views." A group of 8 of us have enjoyed a fantastic holiday staying at The Admital Riverside. The fully renovated 2 bedroom cottage and 2 en-suite studios comprise quality appliances, finishes & fittings. The outside decks and games rooms further enhance the accommodation. The views over the Murray River are spectacular. Overall this is one of the best properties we have ever stayed in. Communication with the owner/manager Rowena was very easy and welcoming.

Sheri A


September, 2018

"Admiring the Admiral" The Admiral is spectacular. Positioned right on the river, amazing views, Cockle Train passing nearby, and within a short walk to the Main Street. The property is exceptionally clean, spacious, with multiple areas inside and out to relax and soak up the serenity. We appreciated the house was decorated with artistic pieces from local artists. Kitchen well stocked, with a few basic food items to start your stay with. Owner excellent in her communication. Great value for money, it’s everything you love about Goolwa, all in one.

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