Hindmarsh Island is a river island located near Goolwa in the lower Murray River. Captain Charles Sturt used Hindmarsh Island as the highest point to locate the mouth of the River Murray in 1830.
In 2001, the Hindmarsh Island Bridge opened connecting the island to the mainland via Goolwa. Since then it’s become a popular place for day trips and drives for St Louis home care clients.
St Louis run social programs for our home care clients in Victor Harbor and the Fleurieu Peninsula. Our home care clients in Hindmarsh Island can join our weekly bus tours and tour this stunning south coast region with new companions who want to do the same.
About Hindmarsh Island
Hindmarsh Island has one of the largest freshwater marinas in the Southern Hemisphere called Coorong Quays. The island is unique with fresh water on the northern shores and salt water on the southern shores and the waters are separated by a series of barrages. The birdlife is plentiful and diverse, and part of the river has now been incorporated into the Coorong National Park due to its abundant wildlife.
Things to do in Hindmarsh Island
Visit the Murray Mouth – where the river meets the sea, this is the start of the 2500 km mighty River Murray which runs through South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. The best viewing is from Hindmarsh Island.
The freshwater marina development – with walking trails, waterfront residences, a marina, tavern and café. After a scenic drive to get there and a visit to the Murray Mouth, you can stop for a meals or a light snack at the café or tavern.
Drive along the Coorong – the Coorong National Park is a 140 km stretch of saltwater lagoons from the Murray Mouth, protected from the Southern Ocean by sand dunes. These wetlands are home to many species of flora and fauna and the stillness of the lagoon brings a sense of serenity. There are several different styles of cruises you can through the Coorong to enjoy sunsets and the birdlife.
Dementia Care in Hindmarsh Island
Dementia care is an integral part of our home care service to our Hindmarsh Island clients. We customise our home care plans to include services that specifically support people living at home with dementia. For people needing additional care, we offer dementia and respite care at St Louis On Sea in Victor Harbor. St Louis on Sea is a specialist nursing home with only eight beds, located right across the road from the beach. Our carers are trained in the Montessori approach to aged care and dementia care.
St Louis established Australia's first dementia-specific community aged care packages in 2003 for low level care at home, and extended this to high level care at home in 2006.
Our registered nurses and care staff are all thoroughly trained in the provision of care to those living with dementia and the organisation is constantly reviewing and integrating the latest best practice dementia care techniques available.