Port Adelaide

Port Adelaide (Outer Harbor)

General Position:

34 47.5S  138 28E

This position is 300 metres S of Sourthen Outer Harbour breakwater.

Note: approx. only. Do not use as an anchoring point on your GPS.

Shelter From:

All directions

Outer Harbor Anchorage:

  • North Haven and the CYCSA
  • Outer Harbour – RSAYS
  • Inner Harbour – Port Dock #1 – Council pontoons
  • Inner Harbour – Port Adelaide Sailing Club


Port Adelaide is a busy commercial port operated by Flinders Ports. Exports: Container traffics, vehicles, grain, scrap metal, fruit, cement, livestock. Imports: container traffics, vehicles, dolomite, steel.

There are several locations to stay in the immediate vicinity:

The Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron is located in the Outer Harbour immediately to the north of the harbour control tower and first wharf (#1-4) and to the south of the container berths (#6 and 7). Visitors berths are available by arrangement. Contact the RSAYS office on 8341 8600 or VHF 16/ HF 2182. While somewhat further away, the same facilities apply as per North Haven – chandlery, restaurants, hotel and super-market.

The entrance to North Haven is located 1nm to the ESE of the main entrance to the commercial port. At night the lights marking the entrance to the breakwater can be difficult to see against the background of street and house lights. Visitors may find a berth at either the Flinders Marina to the north (contact Dave Keenan 0407 187 889) or at the Cruising Yacht Club of SA at the southern end (contact the CYCSA office on 8248 4222). The main VCG base is located just inside the entrance immediately adjacent to the ramps. There are many facilities close handy, including a chandlery, restaurants, hotel and super-market. One of SA’s few pump out stations is located immediately to the north of the boat ramps in the basin immediately to starboard after passing the internal breakwater.

There is a marina in the North Arm, just south of the Torrens Island Power Station. This is operated by TransportSA and is primarily for commercial fishing craft. Whilst some private boats are accommodated, there are no facilities for casual visitors.

There are pontoon berths available in the inner harbour, located in Port Dock #1. Council permission is required to stay overnight – phone the Port Adelaide and Enfield Council on 8405 66900
There are private pontoons at Fisherman’s Wharf on the south side of the river just east of the Birkenhead Bridge – these are not available for casual use.

The Port Ade/aide Sailing Club is located at approx. 34 49.03S  138 30.7 E  which is about mid-way along the river on the starboard side.  Some visitors berths may be available and fuel is available 24/7.
Their website is:   http://www.marinaadelaide.com.au

See this map of the local area for facilities available.

Anchoring notes, Weed precautions:

The anchoring ban was lifted 1 March 2011. Penalties still apply for people caught intentionally translocating or in possession of the weed in any waters of South Australia as Caulerpa taxifolia is a Noxious Listed Species under the Fisheries Management Act 2007.  See:


– Oct 2011