Goolwa Reviews and Ratings
(South Australia – Adelaide)
Visitor reviews of Goolwa surf break
May 23, 2011
guterjunge from Australia
I got sick barrels at Goolwa aye but I got smashed as well and absolutely wasted you need to be careful many rocks and locals are jerks
Based on 2 votes. Vote
Quality on a good day: 2.5
(1 star: Even when the swell and winds are optimum, the waves are poor quality, 5 stars: If conditions are right, the waves will be World Class).
Consistency of Surf: 3.5
(1: Goolwa is a fickle surf spot that only works a few times a year. 5: Reliable year-round spot).
Regional Rating: 3.0
(1: Goolwa is usually very poor quality compared to other spots in South Australia - Adelaide. 5: the best break in South Australia - Adelaide).
Difficulty Level: 1.0
(1: Suitable for Groms. 3: Intermediates. 5: Expert tow-in surfers only).
Onshore Wind: 3.0
(1: even a light onshore ruins the surf. 5: Goolwa can offer better rides with a light wind behind them).
Other Options: 3.0
(1: If wind or tide conditions are poor at Goolwa, it will be poor everywhere nearby. 5: other locations nearby provide a rich variety of wind and swell exposures).
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.0
(1: An unsuitable spot. 5: Wind and wave conditions at Goolwa are often excellent).
Water Quality: 3.0
(1: Known health risks from pollution. 5: Never any pollution).
(1: Often too crowded. 5: Goolwa is an isolated spot where you are unlikely to meet other surfers).
(1: Getting to Goolwa requires an overland expedition or chartering a boat. 3: A 30 minute walk from the nearest parking. 5: Park a vehicle right by the break).
(1: An ugly industrial backdrop. 5: A spectacular setting).
Local Attitude: 4.0
(1: Locals are hostile to visitors. 5: Either there are no locals who surf, or else they are accommodating and friendly).
(1: No convenient places to stay indoors. 5: A wide variety of accommodation near Goolwa for all budgets from hostels to luxury hotels).
(1: Camping at Goolwa is not possible. 3: Camping tolerated but no facilities. 5: A nearby camp ground has excellent facilities and a good vibe).
(1: Besides the surf and the solitude there is nothing to do when it is flat. 5: Goolwa is in such an interesting area to visit that getting wet is a bonus).
Equipment and Repairs: 4.0
(1: Nothing can be sourced, not even wax. 5: Quality surfing equipment can be purchased or hired. Major repairs can be fixed too).
(1: Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. 5: A wide variety of places to eat and drink at Goolwa, from fast food and cafes to fancy restaurants).
(1: Alcohol is not allowed in the country. 5: There is an excellent pub near Goolwa where you can stay or park a camper van overnight).
Based on 2 votes. Vote
September 03, 2010
Alistair Baird from Australia
Goolwa and the surrounding coast have a number of quality breaks.
Starting at Middleton Point (check out the great bakery at Middleton after a surf)look to the East towards Goolwa and you will find plenty of beach breaks to choose from.
Paddling into the lineup is very easy and the locals are friendly as long as you show respect.
The wave holds well to 3ft with plenty of waves for short boards and malibus. Anything over 6ft will see large amounts of white water and a tough paddle. When it gets to 6ft head over towards Victor Harbor and check out Chiton Rocks, The Dump and The Pines.
This stretch of coast can be very fickle over summer (Nov -March) however the pick is during winter with strong ground swells and offshore winds. Whales appear during winter and there are plenty of pubs and local markets to keep you occupied.
Only a 90km drive from Adelaide, the capital of South Australia you can do a day trip or stay for a while in the many caravan parks and hotels.