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Published February 19th 2015
Port Adelaide Dolphin Cruise
The Dolphin Explorer cruise at Port Adelaide is dedicated to give people a chance to see the dolphins that inhabit the Port River, as well as learning a bit of history of the buildings on its banks. Cruises depart twice daily from the wharf at the end of Commercial Road and take roughly about one and half hours. Before you embark, you can wander around the wharf area to see memorials dedicated to people that have died while at sea.

Dolphin Explorer Cruise, Adelaide
Dolphin Explorer Boat


Dolphin Explorer Cruise, Adelaide
Dolphin Explorer Boat


Dolphin Explorer Cruise, Adelaide
Memorial near the wharf




The boat offers three levels for you to view the scenery, however the best levels for you to have a good view of the dolphins is at the front of the middle or lower deck. If you plan on using the lower deck, it is advised to arrive early as it fills up very quickly. Along the way the captain gives a commentary of the various buildings you pass on the cruise. However, you have to locate yourselves near the speakers to hear him clearly. If you are feeling peckish, there is a cafe on board that sells a decent range of food. Passengers are allowed to board the boat about 15 minutes before the start of the cruise so you have time to enjoy the food before the cruise starts.







The biggest appeal of the cruise is the chance to see the dolphins that live in the Port River, famous for being the only wild dolphins that can live within a city. It is important not to put your expectations too high as being wild, their appearance is up to them and there is a chance that they may not appear. We were lucky and saw quite a number of dolphins on our cruise. The captain told us there were cruises where the dolphins swim alongside the boat most of the way but there were also cruises where no dolphins were sighted.

The dolphins were quite cute and looked very graceful as they sped through the water. It is a bit tricky snapping photos of them due to their swift swimming, so exercise a bit of patience if that is your goal.

Port River Dolphins, Adelaide
Port River Dolphin


Port River Dolphins, Adelaide
Port River Dolphin


We opted to go on the 11.30am cruise because our other reason for visiting Port Adelaide is to have lunch at Pancakes at the Port, which is located next to the wharf.
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Why? To view dolphins
When: Check website for departure dates and times
Phone: (08) 8447 2366
Where: Near the wharf at the end of Commercial Road, Port Adelaide, SA
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