Currency Creek and surrounding areas have so much to offer in the way of scenery and attractions; Currency Creek is unique in the way that it is situated so closely to a group of diverse towns.
Strathalbyn is rich in history and is an antiques hunter’s paradise. Settled in 1839 by Scottish migrants, the Celtic influence still on display today with the historical buildings situated throughout the town.
Take time to visit
• High Street with its eateries and Antique shops
• Soldiers Memorial Garden Center piece of town on the banks of the Angus River great for picnics and a place to take the kids to the playground.
• The district Museum in the original police station and court house complex.
• Community Swimming Pool
Goolwa was once a thriving River port the last town on the Mighty Murray River before it enters the sea at the Murray mouth. The only place in Australia where steam trains met to carry inland produce for shipping overseas. Goolwa is also proud of becoming Australia’s first Cittaslow town, Cittaslow (pronounced "CHITTA-slow") is an Italian idea developed from the "slow food" movement. Cittaslow towns identify what is important and special about that town and its surrounding area and put in place strategies to preserve their unique qualities, promote sustainability and make life better for everyone.
Take time to Visit
• PS Oscar W this 100 year old paddle steamer offers you an authentic paddle steam journey. For cruise times visit http://www.oscar-w.info
• The Spirit of the Coorong offers 4.5 or 6 hour cruises into The Coorong National Park.
Experience this special place where this wetland complex connects to the lower Murray River and Lakes system on our Discovery and Adventure Cruises. www.coorongcruises.com.au
• The Cockle Train travels between Goolwa and Victor Harbor this journey showcases the picturesque scenery the south coast has to offer, stopping at Port Elliot where you are able to get off and explore along the way. www.steamranger.org.au
• The PS Goolwa is a ¾ replica of the original Paddle steamer the PS Captain Sturt. The PS Goolwa is moored on Barrage Road at Goolwa South.
• The Goolwa Barrage is interesting to visit first built the late 1930’s they were erected to ensure the freshness of water as far up as wellington.
• Goolwa Beach popular surf beach and has 4WD access so people can access the Murray Mouth via the beach and Cocklers can try their luck Cocking between the months of November and May. There is also a Sand dune boardwalk which provides stunning beach views of the area.
Middleton is the middle town on the old railway line between Goolwa and Victor harbor, it is increasing becoming a popular holiday destination with its smooth open beaches and popular surf break at Middleton point.
Take time to
•Take a Surfing lesson
• Beach combe along the long vast beaches or along the rocky Middleton point area.
• Visit the Middleton Arts and crafts gallery
• Whale watch between the months of June and September.
A bright future was envisioned for Port Elliot with visions in 1954 of it becoming a major port where all the produce brought down river to Goolwa was to be loaded and exported. The breakwater is all that remains of this failed attempt. Today Port Elliot is a bustling seaside village with an array of cafes, galleries and small retail outlets all situated in the strand.
Take time to
• Strolling the Strand with its array of Shops eateries and galleries.
• Follow the Maritime heritage trail starting in Horseshoe Bay around the headland and visiting Freemans Knob which gives you amazing 360 degree views of the area and on a clear day you can even see the sand hills of the Coorong.
• A day at the beach in horseshoe bay.
• Visit the well known Port Elliot Bakery well worth the wait on a busy day!
• Catch the cockle train from the Pt Elliot Station.
• Whale watching in winter
Victor Harbor / Encounter Bay
Nestled on the wide sandy arc of Encounter Bay it has been the summer holiday choice for generations of South Australians, with some of the safest swimming beaches and some of South Australia’s best surfing beaches such as petrol cove, the Dump and Chiton Rocks.
Take time to
• Board the historical Horse Drawn tram to explore Granite Island were you can follow the trail around the island which is home to many sea birds including the little penguins which can be seen nesting around the rocks of the island and if you’re lucky you may even spot a seal or two
• South Australian Whale Centre where you can learn all about the whales and other sea inhabitants
• Step back in time through the doors of the Encounter Coast Discovery Centre and be amazed at this audio visual interpretation of the magic of Dreamtime, struggles of early settlers, local whaling heritage and to current times.
• The Urimbirra Wildlife Experience gives you the chance to see more than 70 species of Australian fauna in their natural surroundings; Visitors can interact with a range of animals daily.
• If you want a day packed full of Fun, Food and Adventure, there is only one place to go; Greenhills Adventure Park at Victor Harbor.
• Mini Golf situated by the causeway great fun for all ages.
• The Bluff, Take a drive along the esplanade at encounter bay to the bluff to view the stunning views of the Islands and victor harbor or the head land looking towards waitpinga.
The Black Swamp located at the Currency Creek Winery is one of three Fleurieu Peninsula swamps that is listed on the National Estate Register.
Click here to visit the
Black Swamp Walk page
Download a brochure about the Black Swamp walk which includes a map of the trail.
Black Swamp Brochure