After a very busy year in 2014, it’s been lovely to spend the past week relaxing and enjoying the sun and surf at Goolwa on South Australia’s south coast.
Even better, the holiday house we rented had very poor phone and internet reception, which forced us to (almost) completely disconnect from our normal lives.
Goolwa is a historic river port on the Murray River near the Murray mouth. “Goolwa” means “elbow” in Ngarrindjeri, the local Aboriginal language, and the area was known as “The Elbow” to the early settlers.
As far as I’m concerned, as a holiday destination, Goolwa has it all: miles of pristine surf beaches that barely seem crowded even on the busiest days; a very pretty historic town graced by numerous 19th century stone buildings; excellent fishing, and even some very good cafes and restaurants.
Highlights of the week included a cruise down the Murray to the Murray mouth (the narrow pass where the mighty Murray river meets the Southern Ocean) and watching our 11 year old dig for cockles for the first time then use them to catch a fish.
Last night, we climbed a lookout expecting views of glorious coastline. But what drew our attention most was the extensive smoke plumes to the north over the Adelaide Hills. Today the fires have worsened significantly and my heart goes out to all those affected. I do hope weather conditions improve quickly before too much more damage is done.