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Boathouse - Birks River Retreat - Birks Harbour

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Boathouse Retreat | Balcony
Boathouse Retreat | Terrace/patio
Boathouse Retreat | Living area | Flat-screen TV, fireplace, DVD player
Boathouse Retreat | 1 bedroom, Egyptian cotton sheets, premium bedding, down duvets

Overview of Boathouse - Birks River Retreat - Birks Harbour

Entire home

Boathouse - Birks River Retreat - Birks Harbour

4.0 star property
Riverfront accommodation with private pool, near Currency Creek Winery

9.6/10 Exceptional

11 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Kitchen
  • Non-smoking
138 Liverpool Road, Goolwa North, SA, 5214

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About this area

Getting around

  • Adelaide, SA (ADL) - 67 min drive
  • Currency Creek Station - 8 min drive
  • Goolwa Station - 21 min walk
  • Victor Harbor Station - 26 min drive


  • Hectors Cafe - 19 min walk
  • Wharf Barrel Shed - 20 min walk
  • Goolwa Aquatic Club - 4 min drive
  • Towncrier Internet Cafe - 5 min drive
  • Bombora Cafe - 6 min drive

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

Boathouse - Birks River Retreat - Birks Harbour

A great choice for a stay in Goolwa North, this cottage features a marina. Guests looking to stay active can experience the nearby hiking/biking trails, kayaking and mountain biking, and free perks include WiFi, self-parking and continental breakfast daily between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM. The property features a lazy river, a terrace and a garden. Fellow travellers like the comfortable beds and location.



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Property is professionally cleaned
Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM until anytime
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 11:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • Guests will receive an email 2 weeks before arrival with check-in instructions and key retrieval information; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No pets or service animals allowed

Property amenities


  • Beach sunloungers


  • Private pool
  • Umbrellas
  • Sunloungers
  • Manicures and pedicures


  • Free WiFi

Parking and transport

  • Free self-parking on site
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking available


  • Fridge (full size)
  • Stovetop
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Espresso maker
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Electric kettle
  • Coffee/tea maker


  • Free continental breakfast available daily 8:00 AM–9:00 AM


  • 1 bedroom
  • Premium bedding
  • Down duvet
  • Bed sheets provided
  • Pillow-top mattress
  • Egyptian cotton sheets
  • Rollaway/extra beds: AUD 100.0 per stay
  • Queen sofa bed


  • 1 bathroom
  • Shower
  • Towels provided
  • Slippers
  • Hairdryer

Living spaces

  • Fireplace
  • Dining room


  • 50-inch flat-screen TV
  • DVD player

Outdoor areas

  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Garden
  • Picnic area


  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Laundry detergent

Work spaces

  • Laptop workspace


  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Heating


  • No pets or service animals


  • If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • No lifts
  • Portable shower seat
  • Soundproofing
  • Step-free path to entrance
  • Well-lit path to entrance
  • Wheelchair accessible (with limits)
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Limited housekeeping
  • Local maps
  • Window screens
  • Guidebooks/recommendations
  • Electrical adapters/chargers
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Luggage storage
  • In-room massages
  • Free bottled water

Location highlights

  • Near the ocean
  • Near the sea
  • On the river
  • On the waterfront
  • Near the boardwalk
  • In a rural location
  • On the riverwalk

Things to do

  • Lazy river
  • Marina on site
  • Boat tours on site
  • Bike rentals nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Horse riding nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Swimming nearby
  • Skydiving nearby

Safety features

  • First aid kit
  • Smoke detector


  • 3 rooms
  • 3 buildings
  • Built in 1910
  • Individually decorated
  • Individually furnished

Fees & policies

Children & extra beds

  • Rollaway beds are available for AUD 100.0 per stay

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

The property is professionally cleaned; disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.


This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession

This property does not have lifts.

Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a smoke detector and a first aid kit on site.

This property accepts credit cards and cash.

Also known as

Birks Harbour Marina Luxury Accommodation House Goolwa
Birks Harbour Marina Luxury Accommodation House
Birks Harbour Marina Luxury Accommodation Goolwa
Boathouse - Birks River Retreat - Birks Harbour Cottage
Boathouse - Birks River Retreat - Birks Harbour Goolwa North

Frequently asked questions

Does Boathouse - Birks River Retreat - Birks Harbour offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Boathouse - Birks River Retreat - Birks Harbour does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Boathouse - Birks River Retreat - Birks Harbour?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at this cottage?
Yes, there's a private pool.
Are pets allowed at this cottage?
Sorry, neither pets nor service animals are allowed.
Is parking offered on site at this cottage?
Yes, there's free self parking.
What are the check-in and check-out times at this cottage?
You can check in from 2:00 PM - anytime. Check-out time is 11:00 AM.
What is there to do at Boathouse - Birks River Retreat - Birks Harbour and nearby?
Have fun during the warmer months with activities such as boat tours. Additional recreation nearby includes ecotours. Enjoy amenities such as a lazy river, a picnic area and a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near this cottage?
Yes. Nearby restaurants include Towncrier Internet Cafe (2.5 mi), Bombora Cafe (2.8 mi) and Pipi At Middleton (5.6 mi).
Does Boathouse - Birks River Retreat - Birks Harbour have a kitchen or kitchenette?
Yes, there is a kitchen, which also includes an espresso maker, a coffee maker and cookware.
Does Boathouse - Birks River Retreat - Birks Harbour have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, this cottage features a private pool and a balcony.
What's the area around Boathouse - Birks River Retreat - Birks Harbour like?
Boathouse - Birks River Retreat - Birks Harbour is located on the waterfront, a short 12-minute walk from Currency Creek Winery and 12 minutes' walk from Bleasdale Winery. Travellers recommend the cottage for its quiet location.

Overall score and ratings






Staff & service


Property conditions & facilities

10/10 Exceptional

A hidden gem
Was absolutely ecstatic to find this little gem as a surprise for my husbands birthday. As he knows this area very well, it was great to find something he didn’t know was there. From the moment we pulled in from the road, we were in love. The location, presentation, cleanliness, thoughtfulness - all 5 plus extra stars. Very thoughtful touches. The bed and pillows were so comfortable. Phil & Wendy are great hosts and the private cruise on the wooden boat was a real highlight. We will definitely be highly recommending this property as well as becoming return visitors.
Jacinta, 2-night romance trip
Verified guest review

8/10 Very good

2-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Boat house perfection
What an amazing place to stay. Everything has been thought of to create absolute perfection. Beautifully decorated, private and comfortable. You feel a part of the private marina and the sound of the water is so relaxing. This is one of the best places we have ever stayed and would come Back to South Australia just to stay here again. Thank you for sharing your amazing boat house Kim Laurie Boyd December 2018
Kim, 2-night romance trip
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

It was. The most beautiful appointed with free breakfast which was really good if we were ever that way again it would be our first place to go the hosts were great
Jennifer, 2-night romance trip
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Wonderful Stay in Goolwa
Goolwa is such a lovely small town. The River Retreat we have stayed in is located by the river, with a bikeway along the beautiful and tranquil river coast, which is perfect for a stroll, jog or cycling. The Retreat is very cosy and comfortable. The kitchen is very well-equipped, including an oven. Our host is very friendly and helpful in assisting our check-in, as we had difficulty in retrieving our original instruction of the check-in process. Everything is thoughtfully provided here. Goolwa is a convenient place to base in for exploration of the neighbourhood. It is just a 10-minute drive from Middleton, where we have seen a good number of whales in Basham Beach. Port Elliot and Victor Harbor are also just 15-minute drive away. Hindmarsh Island and Murray Mouth are just 10-minute drive across the bridge.
Ho Wan, 3-night romance trip
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

comfort by the river
Nice view to river through the trees, and the pool the other way. We appreciated the Aircond and the pool due to the extreme heat.
Verified Wotif guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Facilities: Outstanding; Value: Great deal; Service: Remarkable; Cleanliness: Beautiful; loved the wine, walking around the river, cafes
Verified Wotif guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Facilities: Home away from home; Value: Fairly expensive worth it; Service: Go the extra mile; Cleanliness: Immaculate; The attention to detail was amazing! Very thoughtful owners. Will definitely go back again.
Verified Wotif guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Facilities: Outstanding; Value: Amazing; Service: Outstanding; Cleanliness: Spotless;
Verified Wotif guest review

8/10 Very good

Verified Wotif guest review