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The Australasian Circa 1858

Overlooking Goolwa’s Wharf Precinct and the River Murray in South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula, near McLaren Vale, The Australasian Circa 1858 is a magnificently renovated small, privately owned and operated, boutique luxury hotel.

Juliet (resident Chef – pictured, right) purchased the almost derelict former hotel in 2003.  Her links to Goolwa’s past fuelled her enthusiasm to renovate the heritage-listed building – her great, great grandfather had been Mayor of Goolwa in 1876!

Juliet literally interpreted the building’s original name “The Australasian” by stylishly fusing the heritage Colonial Australian features with classical and modern Asian design by blending the old with new, glass with stone, wood with stainless steel and Australian with Asian. Juliet’s aim, along with Deborah (Concierge), was to create five uniquely “Australasian” suites with stunning ensuites, a grand restaurant and a light-filled lobby – in essence, a private luxury couples-only “destination”.

Why Stay At The Australasian?

In an Australian country town it is rare to experience such a small, luxury, private, boutique hotel with so much attention given to every detail.

Please note: Accommodation is focused on the weekend nights with 1 & 2 night Foodie packages worthy of your consideration. See the PACKAGES page. 

At this destination you receive:

  • Daily Chef-prepared breakfast – delivered discreetly to your door on a tray-mobile
  • Generously attentive yet discreet service
  • Daily room servicing
  • Highly personalised concierge
  • Optional in-room or restaurant evening dining

The Australasian is a welcoming aesthetic haven on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula where international, national and local clientele are encouraged to feast their senses on fine South Australian food, wine and hospitality whilst revitalising their body and soul within an exceptional and health-conscious establishment.