Dolphin Sanctuary & Ships Graveyard Kayak Hire-1-person kayak

From AUD $40.00
  • Duration: 3 Hours (approx.)
  • Product code: ADSHIRE

 We hire kayaks from the Garden Island Boat Ramp and Reserve, Lot 204 Garden Island Road, Gillman(click to see location) in the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary and Ships Graveyard…the best location for paddling in Adelaide. You can explore the beautiful mangrove creeks and Ships Graveyard Maritime Heritage Trail and search for dolphins with your family or friends. We have the craft ready for you at the launch site, help you set up, supply a map and advice on best spots and safe paddling-you create your own unique adventure!  

We follow all the COVID-19 regulations. Our equipment is throughly cleaned after each use. Kayaking is a great way to socially isolate and get some exercise at the same time!  


The hire fee is for a 1-seater sit-in kayak, life vest and paddle for up to three hours use from the start time you book. The hire fee is $20 per hour but if you book online we will give you a third hour free! 


Our service includes some time for assisting in setting up and providing safety and local area information. If you are a novice paddler this could be 20 minutes. 

If you have not kayaked before you can book a mini-lesson and we will instruct you on the basic skills and essential safety guidelines.

We recommend inexperienced kayakers do not go to the Ships Graveyard. 

Due to legal reasons we cannot hire to persons under the age of 18 years unless accompanied by an adult. 

On certain days the Ships Graveyard may not be accessible due to the tide or weather conditions.



Bookings are essential and can be made right now using a VISA or MasterCard using our online booking system. 

A small deposit is required to make a booking with the balance payable on the day.

You can also book over the phone by calling Phil on 0429019141. Best call between 4 and 6pm. 

If you have left it to the last minute you might be able to book on the day via phone. Call Phil on 0429019141. 

 If the date you want is sold out you can go on a waiting list by completing all booking details, your credit card won't be charged and we will get in touch if kayaks become available.

Full details will be sent via email immediately once your booking is made. If you do not receive this please contact us straight away. 

Please review the details taking note of the date, starting time, location. Please check the terms and conditions also included. Please contact us if you have any questions about these details.



The terms and conditions of this service are provided as part of the booking process. Please read these carefully.


  • Please bring some hand sanitiser as it is impossible to buy and supply for you!
  • Clothing to suit the temperature of the day
  • a shady hat and sunscreen
  • shoes/sandals that may get wet(bare feet or thongs are not suitable)
  • insect repellent
  • drink and snack 
  • A CAMERA/PHONE! We can supply a waterproof container.


Garden Island Boat Ramp and Reserve, Lot 204 Garden Island Road, Gillman(click to see location). This is a public reserve; We are a mobile business and have no office at this location. Look for the Adventure Kayaking vehicles, lots of kayaks/SUP's and happy people! The Port Adelaide Visitor Centre, 66 Commercial Road Port Adelaide, will also supply a map if you call in on the way to to the kayaking. Check out what else is happening in The Port and make a day of it!


Most people drive out to Garden Island, there is a sealed road all the way. Unfortunately public transport doesn't travel to Garden Island. There are regular train and bus services to Port Adelaide and a taxi or Uber will be required to get from there to Garden Island. 


If you have further questions, specific requirements or wanting to make a large group booking please call Phil on 0429019141.

Please note that rates are slightly higher for Sundays and Public Holidays.

We look forward to sharing a great paddling adventure with you, your family or friends!