Adelaide’s Own Popeye | Boat Ride Along the Torrens

Popeye Boat Ride

Adelaide’s Own Popeye Boat Ride Along the Torrens

The fleet of boats called ‘The Popeye’ are our own State Heritage Icons.  Since the first boat was launched on the River Torrens in 1935, the Popeye boat ride from Elder Park to the Adelaide Zoo has historically been a treasured family outing and the boats have also hosted weddings and other events.

Popeye Boat Ride

Today the tradition continues and you can still find The Popeye at the motor launch in Elder Park in front of the Adelaide Festival Centre.

Popeye Boat Ride

The 40 minute round trip cruise departs from Elder Park, travelling west to the Torrens Weir, turning around and travelling back up to the Adelaide Zoo before returning to the landing.

Along the way the Skipper offers commentary and highlights the many landmarks and points of interest along the River.

Popeye Boat Ride

Popeye Boat Ride

Spotting wildlife on The Popeye

You can spot plenty of wildlife that resides on the waters – we saw pelicans, swans, birds ( including a nest with baby birds), ducks and a turtle.

Bridges, sculptures and art

You get to have a different view of the beautiful bridges that grace the Torrens, getting to see some of their features up close.

Look out for some landmark sculptures and art along the way too.

Popeye Boat Ride

Many people frequent the Linear Park which runs along the banks of the Torrens, and especially on a beautiful sunny day, you’ll see many people picnicking on the grass and cyclists riding along the track.

People love to see the Popeye go past so you will get plenty of waves from onlookers. The kids on the Popeye (as well as the Adults) had a lot of fun waving back. This makes it particularly enjoyable for the little ones.

Popeye Boat Ride

This is a calm river cruise which is popular with both tourists and locals alike. You will find Captain Jolleys Paddle Boats adjacent the motor launch.

You can do the round trip, stop over at the Adelaide Zoo or just travel one way only. The Popeye operates every day of the year, except Christmas day, weather permitting, from 10am.

See The Popeye website here for more information, costs and times of operation. Children under 3 travel free.

What:  Ride on The Popeye

When:  Operates every day (except Christmas Day) weather permitting

Where:  Elder Park, Adelaide

Who:  Everyone

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One Response to “Adelaide’s Own Popeye | Boat Ride Along the Torrens”

  1. December 13, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    Thank you for your photos and commentary re ThePopeye. It’s obvious you’re a bit of a fan and as custodian of ThePopeye heritage I’d like to personally thank you for your time and efforts in helping us along the way.
    We are doing more and more performance style shows on the boats through school holidays, Fringe and other times etc and these can be tracked via FaceBook, just google PopeyeAdelaide.
    Thanks again,
    Tony Shuman
    ThePopeye.com.au

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