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Elder Park: Pelicans and Popeye

Elder Park is a pleasant park by the river Torrens. There are some interesting water features and sculptures to look at - I particularly liked the sculpture that resembled paper boats. The birds are also fun to watch - I watched as a pelican managed to get some food, then waddled to the waters edge where all the ducks and other waterfowl queued up expectantly beneath, waiting for him to drop it.

There's a café where you can get drinks, snacks and light lunches. The food is nothing particularly special, but it's a nice place to sit outside.

You can also hire a pedalo, or take a trip in 'Popeye' - a 40 minute cruise, with commentary, which goes as far as the weir in one direction, than back and along as far as the zoo. Tickets are available for the round trip or a one way ride to the zoo. We opted for the round trip - tickets were $15 each. Our ride was slightly more eventful than usual, as the boatman had to stop to come to the rescue of someone who had fallen in the river (not one of the passengers). Fortunately, he was OK.

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Jul 31, 2014

Elder Park and the River Torrens

Elder Park is a park area in the north end the city. Through Elder Park runs the mighty River Torrens; in nice weather people take paddleboat rides up and down the river.

There are lots of free/public festivals and events held in Elder Park through the year, so if you're lucky and come on the right day, it's all action. Otherwise, it's a nice, quiet grassy area with pelicans, black swans, and ducks.

With the city and the distinctive Festival Theatre behind it, this is a key place instantly recognisable as Adelaide - the main scene featuring on Adelaide's postcards.

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Oct 02, 2005


Elder park...... Many a good time has been had here.
First, it is a large lawned area just a short walk from the city centre. Take a rug, and have a picnic, then let the kids spend some time on the Paddle boats while you are enjoying listening to the Band playing in the old Bandstand. Pop-Eye the Boat leaves from here and goes to the Adelaide Zoo.

Then, there are all the events held here, like Carols by Candlelight, Food & Wine Festivals and more, there is always something going on here. Check the Advertiser paper for details.
The Adelaide Rowing Club has its sheds on the Torrens, so you often see Rower's practising.

The Park is located next to the Festival Centre.

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Jul 14, 2012

Make sure you visit Elder Park.

Elder Park is in the heart of Adelaide. Its a gorgeous park, that is adjacent to the River Torrens.
From Elder Park,you can do a cruise aboard Popeye. This boat holds approximately 20 passengers, and travels from Elder Park to the Adelaide Zoo. Its a relaxing way to see the River
Elder Park also is the place to hire a paddle boat and have some fun. The boats are readily available from the walkway next to the river.
If a paddle boat is not your scene, then pushbikes are available for hire at the same place. There is a bikeway that runs the length of the park.
The Festival Centre offers a backdrop to the park...An hour or two can be spent exploring here. Its worth a visit.
There is something for everyone here...A relaxing time in the middle of the city!!!!

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Nov 22, 2005
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Elder Park

Elder Park is located on the slopes of the south bank of the Torrens Lake, adjacent the Adelaide Festival Center.

The Rotunda in Elder Park was erected in 1882.

Popeye launches leave from a landing stage in the Park for a 20 minute cruise upstream to the zoo or you can hire a paddleboat. Bicycle hire is also available.

There are a number of walking tracks in and around the city area, providing beautiful views of the lake, its wildlife and the city. The park is host to many community events including Carols by Candlelight, Symphony under the Stars and the Adelaide Festival of Arts.

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