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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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