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Client: Alexandrina Council

Location: Goolwa, SA

Country: Ngarrindjeri

Value: $7.5M

Completion: 2024 (TBC)



Paul Gillett

Elizabeth Little

Garth Davos

The Goolwa Wharf Revitalisation aspires to craft a dynamic riverfront destination steeped in history and culture. Part of the ever-popular Fleurieu Peninsula tourism region, the State Heritage listed town of Goolwa and its historically significant wharf precinct presents enormous potential for growth.

Working with WAX Design, Grieve Gillett Architects offered a scheme that encompasses heritage, economic activation, climate resilience, and enhanced mobility. The Wharf Shed’s revival, expansive wifi-connected communal and event areas, and upgrades at Signal Point Regional Art and Cultural Centre are among the interventions. Visitors are encouraged to stay and savour the ‘Cittaslow’ (slow city) lifestyle with enhanced cultural interpretation, day-to-night hospitality offerings and unique experiences, such as rides on both steam-powered train and paddleboat.


Following comprehensive analysis, we developed a plan for a safe, accessible and cohesive precinct, with clear wayfinding and a sense of place celebrating this special ‘meeting of the waters’ place. The revitalisation solidifies Goolwa’s status as a standout destination within South Australia, embracing its history, cultural vibrancy, and breathtaking waterside location.

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