The Swan Reach Hotel is unique in hotel standards, as it was not purpose built, but was formed around the original Swan Reach Homestead, built circa 1865.
From 1861 the original Swan Reach Station consisted of a few huts, workmen’s quarters, sheds and ramps. One can still see the remains of some of these buildings located near the Hotel’s now great beer garden area. On the river side of the fence are the remains of a loading ramp, where bales of wool from the shearing shed were unloaded from a small tramway system. The bales were then sent down to the river’s edge via wooden slides, to the waiting barges that were on their way to Goolwa.
In 1896 Paul Hasse from Lobethal purchased his 520 acres in Swan Reach which included a homestead. His wife Emma applied for, and was granted a liquor licence on 12th September 1899. Emma died the following year and Paul continued to run the Hotel.
The Swan Reach Hotel is owned by J & AG Johnston Ltd of Oakbank, who bought it from the founding owners, the Hasse Family, in March 1914 and they still own the hotel today.
There have been several major additions to the hotel over its years of operation. The stone one-room public bar was built after 1907, the second storey in 1912 and in the 1940s again there was some major renovations. The superb dining room with its magnificent river views was added in 1996. The original L shape design structure is still apparent.
Today, the Swan Reach Hotel has a walk-in bottle shop, a Front Bar with TAB facilities, a small Saloon Bar area with great river views, a 20 machine gaming room, an 8-ball and games room, a very nice Bistro area with sensational river views, and upstairs, traditional country hotel accommodation.
Only an hour and a half from Adelaide by car or just pull your houseboat or boat up right on the doorstep of the hotel and come in and enjoy some real country hospitality. The Swan Reach Hotel also has a house boat mooring area where you can spend the night and alongside there’s a ski beach.
Peggy and Derek Gibson and staff look forward to seeing you soon.