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The Australasian Circa 1858 - Fleurieu Peninsula, Australia
Rates from £192 per night · Small Sensations · 5 rooms


Overlooking Goolwa’s bustling Wharf precinct on the River Murray in South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula, The Australasian Circa 1858 is a magnificently renovated boutique luxury hotel with a laid-back atmosphere where old-world heritage meets Asian-inspired interiors. A gorgeous intimate retreat.
Juliet Michell (resident Chef) purchased the derelict 1858-built, former hotel in 2003. Juliet’s links to Goolwa’s past fuelled her enthusiasm to renovate the heritage-listed building – her great, great grandfather had been Mayor of Goolwa in 1876!

Juliet literally interpreted the hotel’s original trading name - “The Australasian” by stylishly fusing the heritage Colonial Australian features with classical and modern Asian design. She blended the old with new and Australian with Asian. Juliet’s aim, along with Deborah (Concierge), was to create five uniquely “Australasian” suites, a grand restaurant and a light-filled lobby – in essence, a private luxury couples-only destination.

The Australasian is a welcoming aesthetic haven where international, national and local clientele are encouraged to feast their senses on fine South Australian food, wine and hospitality whilst revitalising their body and soul within an exceptional and health-conscious establishment.

Know Before You Go

The Australasian features 5 totally unique, modern Asian-themed rooms. These thoughtfully designed, extremely modern rooms are all equipped with flat-screen LCDTV, CD/DVD, Safe, Mini-bar, Kettle, Iron and split-system air-conditioning.

The Garden Room is the only downstairs room. It boasts a sunny private deck overlooking a tranquil sub-tropical garden. The Garden Room has gorgeous high ceilings, a king-size bed. the large bathroom has an oversized walk-in shower surrounded by glam golden splash-backs.

The Juliet Room has antique French doors, which open onto a tiny Juliet balcony from where you can directly overlook the goings on of the bustling river port town of Goolwa. Whilst this gorgeous room is not our quietest, it offers partial river views from the 1858 sash window, a queen-size bed next to an Ecosmart fire and a step-up en-suite with a spacious walk-in shower.

The Quirky Room has real WOW factor due to the angularly offset walls and mirrors. This extremely modern quirkily designed room has a queen-size bed and offers sunny views across to the hills. Not only is there a large walk-in shower, there is also a freestanding bathtub from where you can enjoy a quirky view of the little town from the 1858 sash window.

The Island Room is a large room and is closest to the upper deck with its expansive views over Goolwa and surrounds. The Island Room has tranquil river views looking towards Hindmarsh Island. A queen-size bed, a round glass table on wheels, a pair of decadent low leather leCorbusier chairs in front of an Ecosmart fire, all make this spacious room particularly comfortable. The glamorous step-up ensuite has a rain shower over a modern, deep bathtub.

The Parlour Room is their premium room and by far the largest. The river-facing windows open to tranquil water views. Quite separate from the sleeping area and designer bathtub is a stunning genius with an oversized shower, a dining space and next to the Ecosmart fire is leather seating (including a Toshiyuki Kita designed Dodo recliner)

Rates mentioned are per room per night based on 2 people sharing unless otherwise stated. Breakfast included

Concierge services
Daily maid services
Car park

This circa 1858 heritage-listed building is situated within Little Scotland - the town’s heritage precinct. Originally a river-port, Goolwa attracted Scottish boat-builders and boat-Captains: many of the old wooden boats are still moored in the local marinas.

The hotel is adjacent to the Goolwa Wharf from where day cruises launch to the beautiful Coorong National Park.
For sun-lovers, the hotel has two large wooden decks with views to the river and the magnificent sunsets. Breakfast can be taken on the decks in the warmer months.

Onsite The Australasian Dining Room is exclusively for houseguests (except for Saturdays, when the public are welcomed to a set menu dinner). The Saturday public dinners are popular with the locals and tourists. While the menu is set, it does change every calendar month and is supported by an extensive wine list featuring only quality South Australian wines.
For house-guests on non-Saturday nights Juliet – a trained Chef and Patissier - offers a three-course “Mystery Dinner” which can be taken in the dining room, on the lower outside deck or in-room (each course is discreetly left at the door on a trolley).

Also available for in-room or deck dining on non-Saturday nights is a local-produce grazing platter - which includes patisseries and fresh seasonal goods (the equivalent of a large entrée and large dessert each).


  • Borrow their bicycles and ride the Encounter bikeway from Goolwa via Middleton and Pt. Elliot to Victor Harbor.
  • Walk the beaches or coastal trails and look out for whales
  • • Taste the wines at the many cellar doors of McLaren Vale & Langhorne Creek
  • Trove through the Antique stores in Strathalbyn (25 minutes drive from Goolwa)
  • • Swing at a golf ball - Golf courses are between 10 min to 1 hour away by car
  • Heritage-listed buildings line the main street.
  • The lobby has the relaxed nature of a spa
  • The seaside village of Goolwa is just waiting to be explored

Additional Information

  • Perfectly Chilled Goodie: Bottle of quality South Australian sparkling wine
  • Suitable for adults (18 years and over)
  • Breakfast is included in the tariff (with different breakfast choices each day)
  • Breakfast is delivered to the room at a pre-arranged time (0830am to 1030am)
  • Check in: From 14h00. Check out: 09h00 – 11h00
  • • The Australasian offers disabled guest facilities in our downstairs guest room (The Garden Room) and The Australasian Dining Room. Ramp access into the hotel is from the front entrance. Ramp access to the outside lower deck is from the lobby