Set on the broad reaches of the Lower Murray, Mannum is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes from Adelaide via the South Eastern Freeway through Monarto or Murray Bridge or the scenic route of Gumeracha, Birdwood, Tungkillo and Palmer.
Mannum enjoys some of the best cruising waters on the entire Murray system and is one of the major providers of houseboats holidays in Australia. Mannum is a great place to stay for the day or a few to explore the ancient limestone cliffs of Big Bend near Swan Reach and Nildottie.
The Mannum Dock Museum of River History is home to the fully restored and operational Paddle steamer Marion built in 1897. PS Marion is the third oldest Australian vessel on Lloyds Register. You’ll also find the heritage listed Randell Dry Dock, Beam Engine and displays of River History including the devastating 1956 floods and the “All Steamed Up” interactive display where all ages can steer their way down the Murray and learn about steam travel.
Take a free ferry ride or stroll along the historic walks around Mannum where you can appreciate the town’s amazing and diverse history. You can also hire a canoe from Breeze Hire and enjoy the easy Mannum Canoe Trail where you’ll see an active river port or visit the renowned Hermann Gass Bird Sanctuary and boardwalk next to the Mannum Caravan Park.
Mannum offers a range of diverse accommodation choices from 5 star B&B’s to camping and an outstanding houseboat industry. It has retained many of its original buildings which host a variety of interesting shops designed to appeal to residents and visitors alike. With old ware and photographic museums, Mannum offers diversity in a serene and picturesque river setting.
Love your dining experience? You can also enjoy excellent meals in the many eating places. Sit back and relax by the river at the Pretoria Hotel or grab a picnic and make your way down to the Mary Ann Reserve and savour the relaxing beauty of Mannum with towering gum trees that line the majestic Murray River landscape with the occasional friends you’ll make with the local pelicans.
Just north of Mannum on the Purnong Road you’ll discover a cairn dedicated to Captain William Randell and the launching place of the Mary Ann. This historic location opened up Australia and the Murray Darling river systems for trade, starting a golden age of paddle steamers from 1853 to 1920s.
A short drive west you’ll find the Mannum Waterfalls Reserve (flows with good rainfall) and offers a picturesque walk amongst granite boulders. The falls generally flow in winter and is a great picnic getaway and photographer’s joy.
You can always take a scenic river drive up to Walker Flat or the Mid Murray Eco Drive taking in both river and inland communities. The area has some interesting geological and fossil history including 20 million year old fossilised cliffs. On the scenic drive you’ll experience some of the most breathtaking panoramic views on the Murray River from Nilodottie with the Big Bend cliffs.
Mannum is also a great base to explore the nearby regions of the Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula.
Enjoy the winter sunshine and shady river spots in summer and whether you visit for lunch or stay a number of nights, Mannum surrounds are full of exciting and interesting things to do.
You have a great choice with accommodation while in Mannum.
Mannum Visitor Information Centre
6 Randell Street, Mannum SA 5238
Local call: 1300 626 686
Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday-Sunday 10am-4pm,
Closed: Good Friday and Christmas Day