“…..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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An introduction to the Coorong 

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



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.


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.

Please contact us if you would like to discuss an event, workshop or other group booking.

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