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Top 12 Adelaide Boat Trips & Water Activities

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Adelaide has some of the best boat trips and water activities in South Australia to get you out on the water and have some great family fun.

Here is a list of the top things to do in Adelaide, within close proximity of the CBD, showing you how to get on the water. Whether a boat trip, kayaking, sailing or some serious fishing, there is something for everyone.

1. Temptation Sailing

This popular sailing experience, onboard their 58-foot sailing catamaran is situated in Glenelg, just 25 minutes from the CBD. They have some great boat tours on offer such as:

  • Dolphin Cruise – swim with the dolphins or just watch
  • Day cruises
  • Afternoon tea cruises
  • Twilight sunset cruises
  • Hired for private charters
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Runs from September to March each year and tours are to be booked in advance.

Check out their website for more.

2. Popeye Boat

Take a leisurely cruise down the River Torrens and see the city from a different angle. Enjoy an informative round trip, or jump off at Adelaide Zoo to keep exploring! You can always catch another boat back later!

Popeye runs throughout the year, 7 days a week with departures at least every hour.

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Check out their website for more.

3. Paddle Boats

These little boats are great fun water activities for everyone. Situated next to the Popeye Boat on the River Torrens, these paddle boats are a great way to explore the river at your own pace. Try not to get wet by the fountain – although, on a hot day, it may be tempting!

Open from September to May (otherwise by appointment or school holidays only) and open 7 days a week from 10am until 4pm.

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See more information on their Popeye website.

4. BBQ Buoys

Also situated on the River Torrens, this great water activity is a unique experience to enjoy a BBQ Party onboard whilst floating around the calm waters of the river! A boat licence isn’t required (although a car licence is) and you can take your own food, just not your own drinks. So grab a Bluetooth speaker and esky (free of charge) and enjoy a 1 or 2-hour session, during the day, or evenings in the summer.

Packages are available and advisable to book in advance online.

Check out their website to book or see this Traveller review for more.

5. Dolphin Explorer

Take a cruise along the Port River and say hello to the resident bottlenose dolphins. Situated in Port Adelaide, 20 minutes from the CBD, this boat trip operates all year round. Food and drink are available on board with cruises for either 90 minutes or 2 hours.

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Special occasions can also be booked and there are many themed events held onboard throughout the year.

Check out their website for more.

6. One and All Tall Ship

This magnificent training vessel sits at Mclaren Wharf in Port Adelaide with pride. As a great experience for volunteering, learning to sail or just enjoying the experience, boat tours available are:

  • Day Sail Experiences
  • Twilight Sails
  • Multiple Day Sail Experiences
  • Open Days
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Runs from September to March each year and tours are to be booked in advance.

Check out their website for more.

7. Adelaide Sailing

With Skipper Colin Jones by your side, there has never been a better way to learn to sail, onboard the ‘Guava’, a beautiful 30-foot yacht. Situated at Marina Pier at Holdfast Bay, Glenelg, it is just 25 minutes drive from the CBD.

The school offer introductory and advanced courses, as well as pleasure cruises and private charters, with or without a skipper. With your own captain, take an opportunity to hire and enjoy the experience at your own pace.

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Also available for weddings and special occasions and operates all year round, weather permitting.

Check out their website for more.

8. Dragon Boating

DragonBoating has become more and more popular over the years and there are many clubs now situated around South Australia. New Paddlers are always encouraged and Adelaide Sea Dragons run 4 free sessions to come along and try it out at their West Lakes location, just 25 minutes from the CBD.

The ACDC Dragon Fire Dragon Boat Club, located at Birkenhead during the week, or the West Lakes on Saturdays is another up and coming club in Adelaide. They offer up to 4 free, no-obligation come and try sessions on Saturday mornings and this is a great opportunity to find out if it is you!

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Check out the Adelaide Sea Dragons website, ACDC Dragon Fire Dragon Boat Club Facebook page or the Dragon Boat South Australia website to find other clubs and events on around the state.

***Click here for a great deal – Groupon currently has a deal for Five ($10) or Ten ($19) One-hour lessons with ACDC Dragon Fire, saving up to $120. Check it out now and have some fun taking part in sessions run by qualified instructors (different from the come and try sessions). Valid for 90 days from purchase***

9. Adventure Kayaking

Ideally situated at Garden Island, 20 minutes from Adelaide CBD, here you can explore shipwrecks, glide along with playful dolphins and find your own secret passages through the wetlands. Kayak and SUP boards are available to hire, book a guided tour or take a lesson to advance those skills.

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Sea Cave Kayak Tours are also available at Rapid Bay.

Operates most of the year round and booking is advisable.

Click here to find prices and book through Adrenaline.com.au

Kayaks are also available to hire from Easy Kayaks, situated in Port Noarlunga, 40 minutes from Adelaide CBD. Or you can pick up your own to hire (transport needed) from Adelaide Canoe Works, situated in Findon, 15 minutes from Adelaide CBD who have a wide range available.

For more ideas of where to kayak in South Australia, this article from Weekend Warrior highlights some of the best places across the state.

10. Stand Up Paddles SA

Located at Seacliff and Brighton Sailing Club, 30 minutes from CBD, Stand Up Paddle SA has a wide range of SUPs to rent and buy, as well as offering lessons and yoga classes. Ideally situated on the beach, this is a great way to enjoy time out on the water for some exercise, or some serious fun!

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Stand Up Paddles SA also offer rentals and lessons at West Lakes, the Patawolonga (Glenelg) and the SA Aquatic Centre.

See Also:  How to swim with wild dolphins in Australia

Check out their website for more.

Stand Up Paddles are also available to hire from:

11. Adelaide Scuba

Situated in Glenelg, just 25 minutes from CBD, Adelaide Scuba are an award-winning dive centre with custom-built facilities. They have a wide range of lessons for all skill levels, from snorkelling to wreck diving and with boats docked at their back door, they are ready to go exploring on one of their tours.

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Check out their website for more.

Diving Adelaide, situated in Glandore, just over 10 minutes from the CBD, also has a range of dive courses and tours available.

12. Fishing Charters

South Australia is known for having some of the best fishing in Australia and there is no shortage of charters to take you out for a great experience.

Fishing charters run all year round, weather permitting.

Some of the best fishing charters are:

Scoopon.com.au currently have a deal on for a Strike 1 4-hour fishing charter with all equipment included for just $79, saving nearly 40%. Click here to find out more.

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Whichever way you decide to get on the water in Adelaide, make sure you stay safe, wear a personal floatation device where applicable, slip, slap, slop – and have a great time!

Drop us a comment and let us know what your favourite Adelaide water activities are as we’d love to know what everyone gets up to!

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Gill onboard Guava - Adelaide Sailing School

Water loving British girl who moved to Australia and seriously caught the travel bug! Loves to explore and share destinations that inspire others to spend more time on the water and in the great outdoors. Typically, you’ll find her on a boat or next to the ocean, often in a daydream!

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