The Popeye is located on the Torrens River, Adelaide South Australia.

We operate from two landings.

The main landing is located in Elder Park, the wooden jetty is on the water, sitting near the rotunda and The Festival Center.

A one way trip will take you to The Zoo Landing located just off Frome Road, down the stairs closest to the city side of Albert Bridge.


Companion card holders travel free aboard our Sightseeing Cruise. Please call us in order to book and redeem your discount.

Wheelchair access: Popeye unfortunately does not have ramp access. There are two steps up and a further four steps down into Popeye. There is a handrail to the left side and a skipper and deckhand who will always offer to assist. Most wheelchairs can fit through Popeye’s entrance. There is room at the rear of the Popeye to store walkers, wheelchairs & prams.

Disabled parking: There is disabled parking available in Adelaide City, find where by clicking HERE

Hearing Impaired. If you would like a transcript of our commentary for a booked tour please email us and ask for hard copies to be ready for you on the day. 

Toilets: Popeye does not have toilets on board however there are public toilets located in Elder Park on Festival Drive, just under the Festival Centre.


Monday to Sunday: 9am until 2pm

General Enquires 08 8232 7994
Email info@thepopeye.com.au

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Please see the particular cruise product to see which times are available.

Press the book now button and select your date of travel on the calendar then scroll down and click the drop down box to see which times and how many tickets are available.

Please arrive at the cruise starting point between 10 to 15 min early as the cruises all leave on time.



The Popeye and Captain Jolleys Paddle Boats are a small family run business currently owned privately by the Shuman family. Tony and Lidija Shuman purchased The Popeye fleet in April of 2011 after nearly 20 years on the riverbank.  Tony’s association with the River Torrens dates back to the previous generation.  His father, John Shuman worked as a carpenter on the restaurant by the weir.  Tony and Lidija purchased the River Torrens Paddle Boats in 1991 soon after  commencing managing a  roller blade and bike hire business.

We vary between 12-15 employees throughout the year, some staff staying for 20+ years and others staying for a summer. What we all share in common is a love for the outdoors, a love for our great state South Australia and a need to share it in the best way we know how.



Popeye employs Skippers and Deckhands/Bartenders. Everyone employed on board needs to have their First Aid Training and an RSA certificate. The minimum qualification for a skipper is Coxswains however we look favourably upon higher accreditation. 

We are currently on the search for a casual Captain as well as Deckhands/Bartenders.

Please email us at info@thepopeye.com.au with a copy of your resume and a cover letter letting us know why you’re the best person for the job! Better yet, swing by the office during our office hours and come say hello.


Captain Jolleys Paddle Boats are currently on the look out for friendly, active staff who love the outdoors. If you have availability over the weekends and during the week in school holidays send a resume over to paddle@captainjolleys.com.au and let us know why you’d make a fantastic paddle boat attendant!

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