Archie Badenoch Port River Cruise


Archie Badenoch Port River Cruise

A guided tour of the Port River on our historic vessel Archie Badenoch. Students will learn about the significance of the riverfront for the Kaurna People, its changing use from a port to an industrial area to a residential community, as well as factors that impact the river environment and its role as a dolphin sanctuary. Sites include Hart’s Mill, the lifting Tom ‘Diver’ Derrick Bridge, the 1864 clipper ship City of Adelaide – and perhaps a dolphin!

Booking Information

Years: Pre-school to Year 12
Duration: 1 hr (30-minute cruise + 30-min embarking/disembarking time)
$5 per student
Maximum capacity: 24 (including adults)
Teacher/student ratio:

  • 1:6 for Pre-school to  Year 2
  • 1:10 for Years 3 to 7
  • 1:15 for Years 8 to 12

Teachers and supervisors attend free of charge at these ratios.

Note: The Ketch talk is considered an add-on and MUST be booked alongside a self-guided tour or excursion.

What do I need to know about the ‘Archie’ river cruises?

  • Prior to your visit a manifest will be sent to the booking teacher, which must be completed with the students names for each trip.
  • Archie is an enclosed vessel so there is some shelter from the weather.
  • All students must wear PFD’s (life jackets) when on board.
  • Infants and toddlers under 2 years of age are not permitted on board.

Risk Assessment

Archie Badenoch Risk Assessment

Safety Guidelines

Cancellation Policy

Education at the Maritime Museum

The South Australian Maritime Museum offers a wide variety of onsite and online education programs encompassing a variety of year levels and learning outcomes. Located in the historic Port Adelaide precinct, the South Australian Maritime Museum preserves, explores and celebrates the human history of our oceans and rivers.

Renowned for its innovative approach to maritime history and education, the Museum incorporates the historic Bond Store with three levels of exhibitions, the Port Adelaide Lighthouse from South Neptune Island, and the much-loved steam tug, Yelta.

Guide for Teachers

Take a look at our Guide for Teachers to find out more about the learning opportunities in the South Australian Maritime Museum


Frequently Asked Questions

How many students can attend?
Because of the space limitation of the areas used for our education programs, and of our historic vessel Archie Badenoch (max. capacity 24), our programs are run in smaller groups that rotate between the activities.  The maximum number that can be accommodated in a four-hour visit undertaking a one-hour program is 96 (including adults).  Larger school groups may need to plan their visit across several days.

How will the schedule for my visit be arranged?
Once a booking is made with us, we will create a schedule for your visit including recess and lunch breaks, which allows all students to participate in the chosen activities. This schedule is based on the program and activities booked, other school groups visiting that day, and staff availability. For this reason, it may be difficult to change this schedule on the day of your visit. We ask that you check your schedule prior to your visit, and ensure all staff and adults follow it to ensure your visit runs smoothly.

The museum doors opens at 10am and most schools aim to leave around 2pm.

Where can students gather for recess and lunch?
Food and drink are not permitted in any part of the museum. Suggested areas for gathering and eating include the tables outside the museum (under cover), or the shaded area adjacent to the lighthouse.

Is there somewhere to store bags?
There is a secure storage area across the road from the museum, where students can leave bags on shelves. We will show you the area on arrival and provide you with a key for easy access during your excursion. Please return the key before departing.

Is the museum wheelchair accessible?
Yes, the museum building is accessible via a lift to all levels and has an accessible toilet on the ground floor.

However, the police launch Archie Badenoch is not wheelchair accessible.

Where can we park while we visit?
Parking in Port Adelaide requires pre-planning.  Buses are able to park in the loading bay for embarking/disembarking on the corner of Divett and Lipson St, near the museum.  It is not recommended that buses plan to park in the Port area without prior arrangement.  Possible bus parking can be negotiated with the nearby Railway or Aviation museums, or Hart’s Mill.  Private cars can park in metered car parks in the streets surrounding the museum.

Check the Port Adelaide council information on parking here.

Do you have a hot weather policy?
If the temperature forecast on local news or the Bureau of Meteorology website the day before the excursion is 38 degrees or above, all port river cruises will be cancelled.

The South Australian Maritime Museum will remain open and is air conditioned inside. Shared spaces for eating are outdoors, so please consider this if the weather is very hot.

How do we pay?
The South Australian Maritime Museum is cashless.  Schools can either pay on the day with a credit card or a Tax Invoice can be sent to the school for the cost of the visit.

We will only invoice for the number of people who visit on the day, so we do not issue invoices in advance of the visit.  Please provide an appropriate email address for payment of the invoice.

Are younger siblings allowed to accompany the school group?
Children under 5 years of age can enter the museum free of charge, and teachers may use discretion whether younger siblings can accompany the group.

Please note, infants and toddlers under 2 years of age are not permitted on board the Archie Badenoch. 

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