Goolwa is a historic river port on the Murray River near Murray Muta in South Australia, and joined by a bridge to Hindmarsh Island. The name “Goolwa” means “elbow” in Ngarrindjeri, the local Aboriginal language.
Goolwa is approximately 100 km South of Adelaide, and is the seat of the Alexandrina Council. It is in the state electoral district of Finniss and the Federal division of Mayo. At Goolwa has a population of approximately 6,000.Every year with an odd number suits Goolwa South Australian Wooden boat Festival. The city is a popular place to stay
Goolwa, along with its neighbouring towns of Middleton and Port Elliot and Victor Harbor have in the 2000s enjoyed a nationally recognized boom, profound changes, with people moving there from more areas of the city with the suburbs for improved lifestyle on the coast. Local councils are leaving with the dilemma of how to provide adequate services for the influx of new residents, while at the same time not spoiling the character and appeal of the region, which attracts newcomers.
In March 2007, Goolwa was declared a Cittaslow by visiting Cittaslow representatives. Goolwa was the first non-European city, which will receive the status of Cittaslow.