Inner Harbour Queen's Wharf - Vibrant and historical shipping port in the Port Adelaide River
Reviewed Feb 2018
It's a fairly long haul up the length of the Port Adelaide River into the historical shipping Port Adelaide town and well worth the time and the effort to get in there. Scenery on the river includes a working shipping facility, birdlife, mangroves, a very active dophin population, a naval base, and sailing and rowing clubs.
Access to the inner harbour is through a pair of massive opening bridges. These will open for you during defined times, but only if you phone well ahead of time and give notice. It's a real big experience in itself going up through Birkenhead, under the opened bascule bridges, and onto a floating dock alongside the sail training vessel One and All, the historical vessel Falie, and the composite steel framed wooden hull of the City of Adelaide clipper ship.
The floating docks are free to use for a maximum of three consecutive nights, on a first come first served basis. I was the only visitor there during a summer festival event so it would be unusual to not get a berth. The docks are secured each night at 10:00pm so don't wander off or you'll not get back in! Toilet facilities at the docks are rudimentary but sufficient, but no showers are available there. Ask at the Visitor Information Centre for more info on local facilities.
Port Adelaide was once a thriving working port. There are more pubs per square metre here than almost anywhere else on the planet. Great food is in abundance in the area, all shopping needs can be met, there's a couple of chandleries, a fantastic maritime museum, and public transport services will take you into the city or wherever.
I am a local to the area and I recently (February 2018) treated myself to a tourist stay living on my 28 footer, just to have fun. It was great thing to do, and I'm planning on doing it again soon. Do come and help me pester the local council into providing us yachties with a free shower in the wharfside amenities though, then I'll be happy to upgrade the star rating.
Free short-term floating berths in a historical tourism hub
Scenic historical maritime tourism