“…..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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February update 

An introduction to the Coorong 

 “River’s End” – the book – written by Jamie’s grandmother



River’s End Retreat is a completely remodeled, one of a kind, small group luxury historical accommodation destination located near Adelaide, South Australia.

Available for exclusive use by families, friends and colleagues – whatever the occasion.


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.

historic dining

The stables are suitable for meeting or 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.


River’s End Retreat is officially open for business from May 2019.
We are accepting a handful of bookings during the months of February – April 2019.  These bookings will be at a reduced cost of 25% lower than normal rates. While all the facilities are available, we are using these stays to identify the normal first use kinks.   …please contact us if you would like to discuss an event, workshop or other group booking.

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