Jetty, Moorings & River Access

Public Jetty Moorings

To encourage boating enthusiasts Council maintains 31 public jetties across our region, where mooring is permitted. 

A total of 27 public jetties are located within three defined zones:

  • Goolwa and Hindmarsh Island
  • Clayton Bay
  • Milang.

These zones provide easy access to the townships, please refer to maps below for the zone areas.  Each public jetty located within a zone is signed. 

Restriction Zones
Goolwa, Hindmarsh Island, Clayton Bay and Milang_All Zones
Clayton Bay
Goolwa and Hindmarsh Island

Mooring is permitted at any public jetty within a zone and boats can remain in that zone for up to 72 hours.  You are not permitted to return to the same zone for at least 7 days.  Mooring outside of the zones is unrestricted. 

Exceeding these time limits is an offence and penalties may apply. 

If you require any further information, please contact Council’s Community Safety team on 8555 7000 or email

River Access & Moorings

Council strives to ensure that permitted activities along our river banks and foreshores reflect appropriate environment use and protection of such areas, whilst reinforcing the character of the river as an environmental asset and recreational destination.

A River Access and Moorings Permit allows eligible land owners an opportunity to place domestic water pumping facilities, jetties, mooring facilities, landings and other structures on public land.


Alexandrina Council charges an annual fee for: -

  • River Access Permits
  • Mooring Facility Licenses
  • River Access Permit/Mooring Facility Licence Transfers.

Fees payable will be in accordance with Council’s Schedule of Fees and Charges.  Any revenue generated from these fees is set aside for projects to develop public access and amenities along the riverfront. Council has established public jetties, boardwalks and boating facilities throughout the Council area, as well as developing riverfront reserves from this development fund

Permit Eligibility

A landholder may be eligible to apply for a Mooring Facility Licence if they own a parcel of residential land generally located within 250 metres of an area of water frontage to which authority and delegation to issue a River Access Permit applies AND documented evidence of their existing River Access Permit is supplied.

Applications for, and approval of permits, will be determined by Council taking into account the following factors:

  • eligibility of the location of the property to which this application applies
  • evidence of existing River Access permit eligibility to apply for a Mooring Facility Licence
  • preliminary advice from referred parties (Crown Lands, Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority etc)
  • whether the location is subject to a Native Title Claim (unallotted Crown land)
  • whether the site is a declared RAMSAR site for the protection of migratory birds and habitat
  • impact on road reserve or community land by the issue of the permit
  • any other relevant information that would assist with the decision making process.

For further information, to check your eligibility and to obtain an application form, please contact a Property Officer of Council.