Safety for children and adults

Yes. Comfortable life jackets are provided and must must be worn at all times. BBQ Buoys operate safely in over 40 countries.
Yes, we provide life jackets for adults and children.
Yes, BBQ Buoys are family friendly and safe. Life jackets in suitable sizes are provided. To maintain our high safety standards, limits of children per adult apply. There must be 1 adult per 3 children.
Absolutely, but we do have some rules to keep everyone safe. There must be 1 adult for each 3 children.
The minimum age for a BBQ Buoys Birthday Party is 6 years old. This means that your birthday boy or girl and all of their guest must be 6 years old or over on the date of the party.
You must be at least 21 years old to hire a BBQ Buoys. It’s an insurance thing.
By this we mean real emergency, not running out of pinot noir. We will give you the most current instructions during your safety briefing. You should always provide first-aid where you can, call emergency authorities on 000 and await further instructions.

Booking and cancellation

The easiest way is to book online. For customised bookings, you can email us or call us between 10am to 6pm.

Yes, you do. A deposit of $100 will be charged at day of travel. If you bring our BBQ Buoy back to us on time and in agreed conditions, your deposit will be returned within 24 hours. Please read the terms and conditions, it’s important.

15 minutes early please. You will need 15 minutes prior to departure for your safety briefing and driver’s assessment.
If you don’t want the good times to end and there is no booking immediately after you, we will try our best. However, all extensions are subject to availability and at the discretion of BBQ Buoys crew.
Apart from facing the grouchy looks of the next customer, you will be charged $50 per 15 minutes over time as written in the terms and conditions. We will take it from your deposit.
You may return your BBQ Buoy whenever you like during your allocated time, however, there will be no refund for an early return.

Bad weather is no fun for anyone, so we will only operate the vessels if it is safe to do so according to weather conditions and the Adelaide City Council*. If we are forced to cancel your session you will have the option to reschedule your trip to an available slot in the the current financial year and according to our Terms and Conditions. Our main source (but not exclusively) to decide about potential closure of the station is the weather forecast for Adelaide on the Website of the Bureau of Meteorology. We will assess factors such as temperature, rain, wind, thunderstorm risk etc.
*Occasions arise when the Adelaide City Council or other Governmental bodies close the River Torrens.

Food and drinks

The skipper is responsible for the safety of all passengers on board and must not excess the legal limit of alcohol consumption.
Yes, we do. The provision of alcohol is limited under our liquor license (3 standard drinks per person/hour). Alcohol must be purchased through BBQ Buoys and must not be BYO. The skipper must not exceed legal limits. All other passengers can drink moderately. Please read the terms and conditions

We’re sorry but you cannot bring alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks on board, it’s a condition of our liquor licence. We offer some great drinks deals though, check out our website. If it makes you feel any better, you can bring your own food.

Yes, we supply packaged snacks and soft drinks. You’re also welcome to bring your own food. 

Products and services

We have 2 types: the Big Buoy (seats 10 people) and the Little Buoy (seats 8 people).  We choose the best BBQ Buoy for you depending on the size of your group and your selected package.

During the booking process we will ask you to select your preferred (FREE) centre module: Gas BBQ or table are available and included in the booking fee.

Yes, we provide you with an esky free of charge.

Yes, there’s no party without tunes. We provide you with a Bluetooth speaker free of charge. Feel free to play music on your own device, but please respect your fellow BBQ Buoyers and keep it to a moderate sound level.

Boat license

No boating license required, but you do need a full car license and you must be at least 21 years old.
No. This can be your first time as a skipper. BBQ Buoys are easy to navigate and we give you a full briefing with tips and tricks for a safe trip before you take charge. You will need a full car driver’s license.

Practical stuff

The BBQ Buoys Hiring Station at Pinky Flat is a caravan, which makes providing a BBQ Buoys bathroom a bit tricky. Public toilets are available at the golf course at War Memorial Drive, the kiosk at River Torrens Weir, and at Victoria Drive behind Jolley’s Boathouse.

You can take your BBQ Buoy along the River Torrens from the Torrens Weir to the Frome Road Bridge. Collection and return is at Pinky Flat, off War Memorial Drive, unless otherwise stated in your booking confirmation.

It’s up to you. We can provide you with almost everything you need. Esky, ice, drinks, bluetooth speakers, cutlery, tongs, plates, cups, napkins, olive oil spray and a rubbish bag. All you need to do is bring the friends and family. 

If you book the BBQ grill, you will need to bring your meat and salad.

Yes, you do. You must leave your BBQ Buoy in a clean state. Spare a thought for the next group who won’t want to sit on your crusty chip packets.  We do provide you with rubbish bags to keep things tidy along the way.
Sorry, no. You can see how tricky that would get. No pets not allowed on board.
No, bad idea. Fishing in this section of the River Torrens is strictly prohibited.
No, Feeding animals and birds on the water and on shore at Pinky Flat is strictly prohibited.
No, that is a terrible idea. Swimming in this section of the River Torrens is strictly prohibited.