That's right we'll be joining all the fun in Goolwa on the 28th April!
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We're back for even more fun on the water this year! 

The Floatfest team have been busy working away to organise our participation in the South Australian Wooden Boat Festival this April! 

We're excited to fianlly be able to announce we will be doing our usual Floatfest-y activities thanks to Canoe the Coorong on his home turf in Goolwa!
The Floatfest team will be running some come and try canoeing workshops for those who want to learn how to wear a life jacket correctly, learn some basic paddling skills and have some fun with Brenton and his wonderful team! We also hear that Brenton has been planning to add onto the on water canoe obstacle course we had at Floatfest 2018 as part of the fun during the workshops.

For a bit of fun we will also be holding an unofficial pop-up Floatfest canoe count which we know you all love to take part in! 

Since entry to the Wooden Boat Festival is FREE we have worked hard to make these activities as cost friendly as we can and are simply asking for gold coin donations of which 100% will go straight to our charity partner CanDo 4Kids.
Floatfest is proudly brought to you again for 2019 by the membership of the Murraylands Regional Tourist Association!
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More about the SA Wooden Boat Festival

Put it in your diary!

Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April 2019

Celebrating South Australia's rich maritime history and boat builders past and present, wooden craft of all shapes, size and age will gather at the River Port of Goolwa for the South Australian Wooden Boat Festival. The biennial, two day Festival has plenty to see and do with an exciting mix of both on water and land based activities.

There are boats aplenty, on water and land, ranging from canoes and rowing skiffs, to traditional wooden boats large and small.

The Festival extends from Goolwa Wharf Precinct along the River to include Armfield Slip, Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club and Goolwa Aquatic Club, where exciting activities will be in action.

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Oscar W moored at the Goolwa Wharf Precinct during the SA Wooden Boat Festival

Baby Turtles Released As Part Of Murray Tracking Program 

In November 2018 a small group of residents from the Riverglades community in SA assisted Claudia Sontori, a PhD student from the University of Western Sydney, to collect turtle eggs from six different mother turtles.  They successfully collected over 150 eggs which were then carefully transported to Sydney for incubation and then brought back to SA to be hatched in January 2019. After the turtles had hatched, a disparate band of approximately 20 residents, along with media representatives from the ABC and Murray Valley Standard, were on hand to take part in the release of approximately 100 Murray River Short neck turtle hatchlings. 

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Winter Kayak Adventure

The winter months are a spectacular time to explore the Coorong.

Winter has some of the best weather conditions with gorgeous days and light winds.

It is also when the wildlife in the Coorong can be at its best, with Pelicans, Fur Seals and Dolphins seen regularly as well as some spectacular scenery.

This tour allows you to explore the beauty of the Coorong and Murray Mouth. With a relaxing paddle around the Murray Mouth and a walk over the sand dunes to the Coorong Beach in the heart of Storm Boy country.

You will be warmed up with some delicious home-made goodies and hot chocolate.

Book your winter kayak adventure now!

2019 Dinner in the Dark

Enter a world where your notion of taste and smell are tested...for a good cause.

Dinner in the Dark is Can:Do 4Kids signature fundraising event. Established in 2014, it is the first of its kind in the state and has raised over $400,000 for vital services for South Australian children who are blind, Deaf or sensory challenged. 

National Wine Centre's executive chef Steven Clarke creates a mystery four-course menu combining innovative textures and flavours that seek to ignite the senses. Each table is hosted by a local winery brand ambassador, expertly pairing their unique wine to each course and guiding guests through the blindfolded dining experience.

WHEN – Friday 12 April 2019

WHERE – National Wine Centre

TIME – From 6.30pm

TICKETS – $199 per person (includes a $50 donation to Can:Do 4Kids)

Purchase your tickets now


Coorong National Park - SA's Park of the Month

You’re invited to celebrate Coorong National Park this March.

There is something for all ages and interests in the Coorong. The serenity and the sheer diversity of flora and fauna make it an immensely popular park. Visitors come for bird watching, boating, kayaking, fishing, camping, walking, four-wheel driving and European and Aboriginal cultural history.

Located about a 2 hour drive south-east of Adelaide, Coorong National Park protects a wetland of international importance. It is where Australia’s largest river system, the Murray-Darling flows out to the Southern Ocean and is home to over 200 species of birds as well as many migratory birds that arrive each summer. The critical eco-system not only serves as a breeding area for birds, but also for many marine species that breed in the calm waters of the Coorong lagoon.

Upcoming Local Events

Cellar Door Fest

March 15-17, Adelaide

Some of Langhorne Creek’s wineries, including Bleasdale, Bremerton, Kimbolton and Lake Breeze, will be part of the Cellar Door Fest at the Adelaide Convention Centre. With an SA focus, the three-day event will feature wine tastings, master classes, exclusive dining events, and more food and wine experiences.
Find out more here.

Revolve24 cycling

March 16-17, Adelaide

Whether you're after endurance cycling or some fun for the family, Revolve24 at The Bend is for you. The event is expected to draw thousands of visitors, and this year will have the Coorong Community Ride for the first time, open to all ages and abilities. We can't wait to see you there! Register here.

Sufferfest Triathalon Festival

March 31, Murray Bridge

Start training now – the third Sufferfest Triathalon will get people up and moving for a Sunday packed with swimming, cycling and running events. Test your athletic abilities with eight events of ranging distances for all ages and abilities to choose from. Find out more here.

Karoonda Farm Fair

April 5-6, Karoonda

With over 350 exhibitors showcasing their goods, it is expected around 10-12,000 new and regular visitors from across SA and interstate will attend the iconic Karoonda Farm Fair. It’s not only agricultural stalls, there will be a selection of livestock displays, trade sites, fashion parades, craft stands and entertainment. Find out more here.


April 13-14, Goolwa

Get your engines ready for an action-packed weekend of speedboats at the Goolwa Aquatic Club. Featuring outboards, hydroplanes, classic boats, skiffs and modern race boats – expect a lot of speed and noise, there’s plenty to keep your eyes on. Find out more here.

Inernational Motofest

April 25-28, Tailem Bend

The Australian Superbike Championship and Asia Road Racing Championship return to The Bend in 2019 for International MotoFest. It's a celebration of all things on two wheels and includes a round of the Australian Supermoto Championship. Read more here.

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