Need to know
Five, including one suite.
11am (noon on Sundays); check-in, 2pm. Luggage storage available.
Double rooms from $273.25 (AU$359), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Minimum two-night stay. Rates include daily breakfast. The Australasian Circa 1858 is only open for guests from Wednesday to Sunday each week.
Co-owner and chef Juliet is trained in visual and Japanese performing arts, so a finely rendered Asian influence permeates the property.
At the hotel
Free WiFi (although the hotel’s thick sandstone walls mean it works better in some rooms than others), library and DVD library with 200 Australian and Asian movies, on-site parking. In rooms: flatscreen TV and DVD player, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities (including Madame Flavour teas), cotton <i>yukata</i> (Japanese bathrobes), Thann Aromatic toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
The Parlour Room, with its views to Hindmarsh Island, is the largest of the five, with a huge tub in a step-up area of the bedroom. The living area, complete with dining table, feels quite separate to the sleeping zone. All the rooms are quite different though – they’re unusual shapes due to the heritage nature of the building and have interesting combinations of silk fabrics, mid-century furniture and artwork collected by owners Juliet Michell and Deborah Smalley on their travels.
Former pubs don’t generally come with space for aquatic additions, but Goolwa Beach – patrolled by lifesavers on the weekend – is a five-minute drive away.
Goolwa isn't exactly party central, so pack a couple of those novels you’ve been meaning to read. Bring binoculars if you’re a twitcher; there's some great bird-watching at Coorong National Park and Goolwa Barrage. The Wharf and river are a little livelier on weekends, hop on a jet-ski or hire a motorboat to join in the fun.
The downstairs Garden Room, as well as the restaurant and lobby, are wheelchair accessible. Smoking is only allowed outside.
Sorry, no. All pups and kitties will need to stay at home. See more pet-friendly hotels in Fleurieu Peninsula.
Sorry, the Australasian Circa 1858 is a calm, adults-only environment.
Green chic rules at the hotel, which uses solar-heating for its water, recycles, composts and makes use of eco-friendly lighting. Food is locally sourced, too, including fish, fruit, free-range eggs and herbs. The proceeds from twice-yearly history tours go to support community groups.