COVID-19 Response

Council's Goolwa and Strathalbyn libraries and offices are open to the public. For more detailed information about particular services affected click here and for the latest updates on Alexandrina Council's response to COVID-19 click here

Please contact us by phone 8555 7000 or email

Dismiss alert

Designated Jet Ski Area - Goolwa

Jet ski Goolwa

Did you know Goolwa has a designated jet ski area?

This page is designed to provide information about the designated jet ski area and future plans to enhance facilities in this area for the betterment of the Personal Water Craft (PWC) community and their families.

What is a Personal Water Craft (PWC)?

A personal watercraft (PWC), also commonly known as a jet ski, is a vessel with a motor that has a fully enclosed hull. It is operated by a person who either sits, stands or kneels on it.

They must be registered for use in South Australia.

Rules around operating a PWC can be found at

Where can I ride a PWC in Goolwa?

Currently a PWC can be operated on the River Murray and at Goolwa Beach, adhering to SA Government laws on operating watercraft in both open and closed waters.

Where is the designated jet ski area in Goolwa?

The designated jet ski area in Goolwa is located along the stretch of Barrage Road towards Beacon 19, approximately 300m before the Goolwa Barrage carpark.

Isn’t there a business at this location?

Public jet ski use of this area has always been welcomed by Alexandrina Council. Previously, a portion of this site was set aside for commercial purposes however the area has now been re-opened for unrestricted public access.

What facilities are currently at the designated jet ski area?

There are currently car parking spaces, toilets and a small beach from which to launch a PWC. Council contractors have recently undertaken clean-up activities at the site including fence removal, mowing and tree trimming.

What are the plans for the site?

Alexandrina Council aims to establish and promote this area, on both sides of Barrage Road, as a ‘built for purpose’ designated jet ski area. We would like to see this area grow into a family-friendly, practical and pleasant area for PWC users to base themselves  for a fun day on the water.

We will be seeking help from members of the PWC community in providing the most relevant facilities to make the area as user-friendly as possible. Ideas to date have included ‘tether poles’ near the ramp, better car parking, slalom courses, jet ski wash down bays and outdoor showers.

Please keep an eye on this page as developments and possible consultation opportunities come to hand. If you have any other questions, please contact Council’s Property Officers on 8555 7000.