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Get Spectacular Views of the Adelaide Riverbank from the Backyard Cricket Pontoon


It's all happening along the River Torrens and neighbouring parklands this summer. While many of us have long enjoyed a work lunch, a picnic or a stroll along the river banks, the winds of change are blowing strong.

There's a renewed push to get us all to enjoy the river views in Adelaide day and night. The Art of Christmas Creative Tree Trail leads us astray to be tempted at Adelaide Convention Centre's new Home Ground cafe court. From there you can hear the music and see the sandy shores of our new Urban Beach.

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The Original Palais de Danse on the River Torrens (Image: State Library SA B4278)


But what of Elder Park, traditionally home to Popeye and pedal boats? It has been looking something of a backwater since being transformed into the Parc Palais for the 2017 Adelaide Festival. One of the highlights was the Riverbank Palais, modelled on the historic Palais de Danse entertainment venue which was so popular during the jazz era of the 1920's. Built in 1924 in the Moorish style with five domes, the Palais de Danse had a dance floor on the lower deck and a promenade on the upper deck. In November 1928 it sank following an explosion on board and was demolished the following year

Since the end of the Adelaide Festival, some people have wished that the former Riverbank Palais would suffer the same fate. The concrete Adelaide Festival pontoon had become an eyesore which the council wanted moving - but a new solution has arrived. With the cricket season upon us this Adelaide pontoon will gain a new lease of life as the Backyard Cricket Pontoon during the Ashes Test.

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The Backyard Cricket Pontoon Before Renovation


The Backyard Cricket Pontoon is a new free entertainment hub located conveniently across the River Torrens from the Adelaide Oval. Why pay to enter the Adelaide Oval when you can watch the cricket free on the pontoon's big screens, while hearing the live cheers echoing from the oval across the river. Of course, there will be a licenced bar and selected food trucks nearby to sustain you on your cricket-themed voyage.

Cricket fans needn't just sit around watching, there are fun things to do on the Backyard Cricket Pontoon including a supervised mechanical bowling machine and practice cricket nets. Hopefully you won't need to retrieve any balls from the River Torrens, as that might call for heroism in the extreme. If you want to celebrate into the evening, a roster of DJ's will entertain you on the decks of this luxury liner.

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Welcome Aboard, Grab a Chair and a Drink (Image Supplied)


The Backyard Cricket Pontoon opens daily during the Ashes Test from 11am on December 1 until December 6, head on over to the Facebook page to get all the deets.


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Why? Get in the thick of the cricket during The Ashes Test
When: From 11am daily
Where: Elder Park, Adelaide
Cost: Free
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