South Australia Cruises & boat tours

Our most recommended South Australia Cruises & boat tours

Adelaide: River Torrens Sightseeing Cruise on Iconic Boat

1. Adelaide: River Torrens Sightseeing Cruise on Iconic Boat

After boarding at Elder Park Landing there will be an opportunity to purchase food and beverages from the deckhand. The captain will take time to deliver a safety talk and introduce the crew before beginning commentary of the local area and wider South Australia.   Once seated, the cruise will commence by heading toward the Torrens River Weir Gate while passing the Adelaide Festival Centre, SAHMRI, and Adelaide Gaol. Enjoy 30 minutes of commentary before arriving at Adelaide Zoo where you will have the option to disembark and explore the zoo, Botanic Garden its and surrounds. The last 15 minutes of the tour will be relaxed, allowing you a great chance to ask questions, take photos with the crew, and get some advice on what to see and do once you disembark.

Adelaide: 3.5-Hour Swimming with Dolphins Experience

2. Adelaide: 3.5-Hour Swimming with Dolphins Experience

Spend your vacation doing something unique and unforgettable on an excursion that takes you out into the waters, and swim alongside wild dolphins. On this 3.5-hour tour, you are guaranteed to see dolphins, which are one of the Earth’s most fascinating and curious creatures. Meet at the Holdfast Shores Marina in Glenelg, a mere 15 minutes outside of Adelaide. From there, board the 'Temptation', a 58-foot colossal sailing catamaran. As the boat cruises, experience the beauty of Australia's southern coastline. Eventually, come to rest in the waters where the wild dolphins will come to greet you and play in the waters. Don your wetsuit, mask, and snorkel, and take the plunge into the waters. Experience the breathtaking moment when you see dolphins underwater for the first time. Watch and listen; their grace and playfulness is stunning and the sounds of their whistles and echo location noises are mesmerizing. Once your adventure comes to an end, you will be taken back to the marina. Spend some time checking out the many restaurants and shops that grace the shoreline.

Adelaide: 3.5-Hour Guaranteed Wild Dolphin Watching Cruise

3. Adelaide: 3.5-Hour Guaranteed Wild Dolphin Watching Cruise

Enjoy a half-day cruise looking for some of the world’s most delightful creatures, departing from Marina Pier, Holdfast Shores, Glenelg. Dolphins are among the earth’s most curious mammals and you will get up-close-and-personal with the beautiful beasts from the decks of the Temptation catamaran. You will be welcomed on board the 58-foot sailing vessel by an enthusiastic crew. Sometimes you will see your first dolphins within minutes of cruising. They seem to come out of nowhere to play around Temptation’s hulls. But be assured they are not coaxed in any way. These are wild dolphins that simply know the vessel, and know that they are not in any danger. As the gulf is home to over 1,000 common and bottlenose dolphins, the cruise comes with a money-back guarantee of sightings. The dolphins are only just out of reaching distance from the deck, enabling you to capture their playful displays on film. Back on dry land, you can spend the rest of the day exploring the faculties at Holdfast Shores Marina, or wander down Jetty Road in Glenelg, enjoying the dozens of restaurants and shops.

Adelaide: Glenelg Sunset Catamaran Cruise with Drink

4. Adelaide: Glenelg Sunset Catamaran Cruise with Drink

Head down to Glenelg’s Marina Pier where your catamaran for the evening awaits. Enjoy a warm welcome from the friendly crew, then take your seats as you set sail onto the open water. Out on the gulf, admire the picturesque view of Adelaide as night creeps in and the city comes to life with glistening lights. Then soak up the last of the day’s rays and enjoy a refreshing beverage while you watch an unforgettable Australian sunset.  Finally, return to Marina Pier, home to some of Adelaide’s best outdoor dining destinations. 

Coffin Bay: Experience Coffin Bay Oyster Farm and Bay Tour

5. Coffin Bay: Experience Coffin Bay Oyster Farm and Bay Tour

Cruise 16km to an oyster farm surrounded by crystal-clear turquoise waters. With the help of a local oyster farmer as your guide, you'll experience all the beauty of the Coffin Bay coastline, spot sealife like dolphins and seals, and wade amongst the oyster beds. The tour meets at the Coffin Bay Yacht Club, where you’ll set off on the CB01 boat across the calm turquoise waters of the bay. Admire the tranquil views of the coast and look out for pods of playful dolphins who reside in the waters. Once you arrive at the world-famous oyster region, you’ll have the opportunity to get involved by wading into the oyster beds. Immerse yourself in the oyster farm and discover it up close at your own leisure. If the weather permits you can even take a swim in the waters. Back on the boat, savor some freshly shucked oysters straight from the source, learn from your guide about how premium oysters are produced, and hear some tips on how to shuck them like a pro. Before heading back to the marina, the tour will cruise past Brother's Island, infamous for its herds of seals. Catch a glimpse of the seals lazing on the rocks and swimming on the shores, before cruising back to disembark at the Yacht Club.

Adelaide: River Torrens Devonshire Tea Cruise on Iconic Boat

6. Adelaide: River Torrens Devonshire Tea Cruise on Iconic Boat

Take a boat cruise tour in the heart of the city with live commentary from a friendly skipper and see why Adelaide is ranked one of the most livable cities in the world.  Begin by boarding at Elder Park Landing. Be served a delightful Devonshire tea consisting of fresh scones with jam and whipped cream. Hear a safety talk and introduction from the captain before your exclusive commentary on the local area and wider South Australia begins.  Float towards the Torrens River Weir Gate while passing sites including the Adelaide Festival Centre, SAHMRI, and Adelaide Gaol.  Enjoy 30-minutes of insightful commentary before arriving at Adelaide Zoo. Have the option to disembark and explore the zoo, Botanic Garden, and its surroundings.  Relax in the last 15-minutes and have the chance to ask questions, take photos with the crew, and get tips on what to see and do once you disembark. There will be an opportunity to purchase extra food and beverages from the deckhand serving from our licensed bar.

From Victor Harbor: Seal Island Cruise

7. From Victor Harbor: Seal Island Cruise

Embark on a scenic cruise along the north coast of Granite Island. Victor Harbour is located on the south coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula of South Australia, about 90 minutes and 80 km south of the center of Adelaide. Pass the route of the old horse-drawn tramway and see the historic Screwpile Jetty as you venture around the breakwater and into the open ocean. Continue for 5 minutes to arrive at Seal Island (also known as "Seal Rock"), where New Zealand fur seals and Australian sea lions can be seen basking in the sun. Delight to the sight of the seals that often swim to the stationary boat for a good look at the passengers!  Keep a lookout for other wildlife, including petrels, shearwaters and cormorants, on or around Seal Island. You might even spot some common or bottlenose dolphins that are often in the vicinity and sometimes race the boat. After 15 minutes of wildlife viewing at Seal Island and around Wright Island, cruise back to the Granite Island Causeway at Victor Harbour and disembark.

Adelaide: Port River Dolphin and Ships Graveyard Cruise

8. Adelaide: Port River Dolphin and Ships Graveyard Cruise

This is a must do activity when visiting Adelaide. This cruise will highlight the Port Rivers rich maritime history, as well as visit the iconic Ships Graveyard where you will learn about the ships history. Enjoy viewing the local dolphins, which are one of the only wild dolphin populations living within a city. Travel towards the bird sanctuary where there's an opportunity to see migra­to­ry shore­birds, includ­ing threat­ened species such as Curlew sand­piper. Whilst cruising the river learn about the Aboriginal connection to land. Perfect activity for all ages.

Coorong Discovery Cruise

9. Coorong Discovery Cruise

Discover the Coorong National Park on a 3.5-hour experience with lunch included. Cruise past the Murray Mouth and into the park for 1-hour guided walk. Tour departs from the old river port town of Goolwa, located 70 minutes south of Adelaide’s center.  A Ploughmans lunch is served on board as you cruise to the Goolwa Barrage and through the lock. Continue down to the Murray Mouth and into the Coorong National Park. Stop for a guided walk across the peninsula through dune vegetation to a beach on the Southern Ocean. Enjoy afternoon tea on the return journey to Goolwa.

Goolwa: Murray River Cruise

10. Goolwa: Murray River Cruise

The Murray Mouth cruise is roughly 90 minutes in duration. Departing from the Main Wharf in Goolwa at 10:30 AM, cruise downstream to the Goolwa Barrage and through the lock where you will get to view the resident seal colony and drop down to sea level. Learn about the history of the lock and it's importance to the health of the river before continuing down toward the mouth of the Murray River. Take in the ambiance of the region that inspired the book, Storm Boy on your way there. On your return cruise to Goolwa, you will pass sand dunes supporting native vegetation and see an abundance wetland birdlife.

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4.4 / 5

based on 61 reviews

Amazing experience, we were lucky enough to have lots of encounters with dolphins, the equipment and facilities were top tier, and the guides were excellent.

Would definitely recommend this if you're in Adelaide and you want to see bit of a scenery with a bit of commentary would definitely go back and see it again

it was a lovely day to board the cruise and enjoy lake Torrens. Tom, the captain, is very knowledgable and made the tour fun.

Beautiful scones, lovely staff and a great skipper taking us on the tour with even better commentary

Nice stable boat, very helpful crew and we had 3 amazing encounters with pods of dolphins