South Australian Maritime Museum
As your kids leap across the gangplank to board the Active II and clasp hold of her wheel, you’ll know they are caught up in an imaginary world of pirates and adventure. To the accompanying sounds of screeching seabirds, howling storms and creaking sails (all recorded), they’ll scramble up and down the ladders, run their hands along the ropes and explore the hold and the cabins. With lots of kid- oriented exhibits, levers to turn and surprises to find, this museum appeals to all ages.
126 Lipson St, Port Adelaide; (08) 8207 6255
■ Your opportunity to ‘dig’ for buried treasure in the archaeological display.
The Active II ketch inside the museum building is not really a pirate ship. It is a copy of the type of sailing ship used to carry cargo between South Australia and the rest of Australia from the late 19th century until the end of World War II. These useful little sailing ships were known as the Mosquito Fleet. Nowadays, the same work is done by land rigs and bulk cargo-handling vessels.
■ The museum has three levels crowded with a maze of exhibits, so take your time to explore and find everything.