Starting the trail in Port Elliot, this is the Old School House from 'Storm boy.' It can be viewed on the corner of Frederik Street and North Terrace. now part of an aged care facility, while the building is original, the large pine trees surrounding the building are long gone.
the strand in port Elliot is rich in history and a beautiful street to wander, look in shops, or enjoy a meal or coffee. the strand was featured in scenes of the 'storm boy' re-make in august 2017.
the strand was closed for three days and reverted back to the 1950's for the filming, giving us a glimpse back in time.
while exploring the strand, you can visit the picturesque horseshoe bay
or take a stroll along one of the walking trails at freeman's knob at the end of the strand for some brilliant coastal views or maybe even whale watching (june - Oct.)
head east to Goolwa beach and take in the views from the viewing platform. many scenes of 'storm boy' were filmed on Goolwa beach in both the original and the re-make.
from the beach, head around to the murray river and the Goolwa barrage, the last lock on the river, separating fresh and salt water. you can see birdlife and seals and take a walk on the barrage.
beyond the barrage, you are looking into the coorong national park, where majority of the original 'storm boy' was based and filmed.
from the barrage carpark, a boardwalk will take you to the southern ocean (10 minute walk) the humpy set from the original 'storm boy' was located in this vicinity.
following barrage road back along the river, the Goolwa bird hide is an excellent place to look for the many bird species that call Goolwa and the coorong national park home.
further along barrage road, you can visit armfield slip wooden boats (tues & Fri) and see hardworking volunteers restoring and building wooden boats. including....
'hideaway' the boat from the original 'storm boy' - lovingly restored by the volunteers of armfield slip.
Goolwa's cadell street hosted the town scenes in the original 'storm boy' film.
just 100m from cadell street, the Goolwa wharf precinct is a serene place for walking, fishing, eating and taking in the sights of the old river port. visit the Goolwa riverboat centre or take a boat cruise, the wharf is the home port of 'storm boy.'
visit the Goolwa visitor information centre on the corner of Cadell Street and Cutting Road to book a trip into the majestic coorong national park - the prime setting for 'storm boy.'
you can book a guided boat trip into the heart of the coorong national park
or enjoy a guided canoeing experience.
from Goolwa, you can also self drive to the western tip of the coorong national park. cross the hindmarsh island bridge and it's a 10 minute drive to the mouth of the murray river.
enjoy your stay in 'storm boy' country and please visit the Goolwa visitor information centre for bookings, ideas and local knowledge - phone 1300 466 592
For more visitor information about the Alexandrina region and Storm Boy, click here
To book a boat or canoe trip into the Coorong or around Goolwa, click here