– relaxed group enjoyment is a long time tradition down this way….

“…..among the nearby sandhills are great mounds of empty cockleshells and digging reveals further layers beneath the sand, with the charcoal of old campfires – for this was a gathering place of the tribes, a place for meeting and feasting for thousands of years before the white man came.”

L. M. McLeay, “River’s End”

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“just breathtaking” –  the Coorong in pictures

 “River’s End” – the novel – (Jamie’s grandmother, Dr L McLeay)



River’s End is a beautifully transformed historic Retreat one hour’s drive from Adelaide, South Australia.

In addition to the 5 spacious guest rooms (each with en-suite) all facilities are for guests’ exclusive use.

Our fully hosted facility is ideal for discerning small groups of up to 10 adults – whether a residential conference, group occasion or to attend a special event.

We are happy to help you create a complete itinerary or simply assist with your meal arrangements during your stay.

Whilst we are predominantly a retreat for small group stays, we will have occasional events for couples to join

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River’s End Retreat is located in the historic town of Goolwa, South Australia – about an hour’s drive south of Adelaide … on the coast side of the Adelaide Hills and magnificent McLaren Vale wine country.
The Retreat property offers spectacular views of Hindmarsh Island and the magnificent Murray River, and is perfectly accessible to many of the South Coast’s delicious beaches, wineries and restaurants.

Taste the region here:

historic dining


Jamie & Trudy Bishop are the third generation resident owners behind the design and 2 year painstaking redevelopment of River’s End Retreat complex… carefully integrating today’s technology and comforts into Younghusband’s original 1854 cottage.

go to: About Jamie and Trudy


We love our history – just not at the expense of modern creature comforts…..

In 1853, when prominent politician William Younghusband claimed the sweeping final bend of the Murray, he wasn’t thinking about history – he simply chose the very best spot from which he could enjoy the majestic Murray river.

In keeping with this thinking, Jamie and Trudy have transformed River’s End Retreat in order to take full panoramic advantage of this unique location.  They have artfully incorporated the historical aspects whilst carefully integrating all the creature comforts expected by today’s world travellers.

Goolwa, Hindmarsh Island and the Coorong/Murray mouth are enjoying a similar renaissance…. the paddle wheelers and steam trains are still prominent, but easily share their digs with an award-winning modern whiskey distillery, the funkiest markets on the peninsula… and nearby venues Hectors and the Wharf Barrel Wine Shed – often featuring live music.

Slow food is great food… Cittaslow, smoke-offs, cockles (pippies internationally) and nearby producers of beef, pork, lamb and gardens are enjoying a great resurgence.   So too, the massive bird feeding events out front are a testament to the returning health of the ecosystem.

Jamie and Trudy are also renewing long time relationships – Jamie’s grandmother Dr McLeay was a prolific author with a deep love of the region and a special relationship with the Ngarrindjeri people. Her book “River’s End” is a valued collection of stories of the changing fortunes of the busy little town of Goolwa. As a kid, Jamie and his brothers learnt to swim, fish, milk cows and entertain in this special place.

So come and immerse yourself …. whether for work or play, we’ll make it special for you.

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