Population 2037

Mannum is one of the oldest towns on the Murray River, at the romantic heart of the old paddlesteamer days. In 1853 the 'Father of Mannum', William Randell, built the first Murray River paddlesteamer, Mary Ann (named after his mother), in order to transport his flour to the Victorian goldfields. The paddlesteamer set out from Mannum in 1853 and started a boom in the river transport industry. Another first for Mannum was Australia's first steam car, built in 1894 by David Shearer.

Visitor Information

6 Randell St; 1300 626 686 or (08) 8569 1303

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In Town

Mannum Dock Museum This excellent museum documents the changing history of the Mannum region from ancient days through Indigenous habitation, European settlement and river history to the present day. Outside is the renowned Randell's Dry Dock, where the grand lady of the Murray, PS Marion, is moored. Passenger cruises on the restored paddlesteamer still operate. Randell St; (08) 8569 2733.

Mary Ann Reserve: popular recreation reserve on the riverbank with a replica of PS Mary Ann's boiling engine. PS River Murray Princess is moored here between cruises.

Ferry service: twin ferries operate to the eastern side of the river.

River cruises and houseboat hire: afternoon, day and overnight cruises are available from the town wharf, including the Murray Expedition Captain's Dinner. Alternatively, hire a houseboat to discover the Murray River your own way. Contact visitor centre for details.

Town lookout: off Purnong Rd to the east.

Scenic and historical walks: brochures from visitor centre.


Mannum Falls: picnics and scenic walks, best visited in winter (after rains) when the waterfall is flowing; 6 km SE.

Kia Marina: the largest river marina in SA; boats and houseboats for hire; 8 km NE.

Lowan Conservation Park: mallee vegetation park with varied wildlife, including fat-tailed dunnarts, mallee fowl and western grey kangaroos; turn-off 28 km E at Bowhill.

Purnong: scenic drive north-east, runs parallel to excellent Halidon Bird Sanctuary; 33 km E.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Cycling in the Barossa 54 km

In the Barossa, you can hire bikes from the visitor centre in Tanunda and take the paved 7-kilometre cycle path to Nuriootpa. For a guided, multi-day supported bike tour, sampling the best of the region’s cuisine... Find out more

Wine-tasting - Nuriootpa and Angaston 57 km

Elderton Wines near Nuriootpa is a carbonneutral winery. Its cellar door is partially solar-powered and the vineyard is using biodynamic methods of production. Yalumba in Angaston has three organic wines and an... Find out more

Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

The Locavore 54 km

The Locavore (‘local eater’) at Stirling in the Adelaide Hills sticks to the ‘100-mile’ philosophy of sourcing food, which in its case includes the Barossa, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and the... Find out more

The Organic Market and Cafe 55 km

This bustling cafe and organic produce outlet in Stirling was the national winner of the best organic retailer award. Something of an institution in the area, it has delicious antipasto platters and great coffee. About... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Adelaide Hills Craft Brewing 39 km

Located in the former Onkaparinga woollen mill complex at Lobethal in the Adelaide Hills, this brewery/bar is run by Alistair Turnbull and Phil Jones. The pair turned their backs on careers in banking to study brewing in... Find out more

Campsites around town

Bolto Reserve camping area 1 km

On Khartoum Rd, this camping area is south of the ferry on the east side of the river, in the Morgan-to-Mannum stretch of the Murray River. Pay fees to the council.... Find out more

Haythorpe Reserve camping area 3 km

This reserve is in Mannum, on the eastern side of the river on Bowhill Rd, north of the ferry. The site has a boat ramp.... Find out more

Caurnamont Riverside Reserve camping area 27 km

Just across the water from Purnong, Caurnamont is a small cluster of riverside shacks on the Morgan-to-Mannum stretch of the Murray River. The reserve is in the village, beside the ferry.... Find out more

Hettner Landing camping area 29 km

On the northern side of Walker Flat village on Walker Flat Rd, this camping area is on the Morgan-to-Mannum stretch of the Murray River.... Find out more

John S Christian Reserve camping area 29 km

There’s self-sufficient camping on Marne Valley Rd, 15 km north-west of Walker Flat, beside the Marne River.... Find out more

Walker Flat Boat Ramp Reserve camping area 29 km

On the southern side of Walker Flat village, 31 km north of Mannum, this campsite is on the Morgan-to-Mannum stretch of the Murray River, with great natural cliff views.... Find out more

Purnong Riverside Reserve camping area 30 km

In Purnong village beside the ferry on Purnong Rd, this camping area is on the Morgan-to-Mannum stretch of the Murray River. This is a large grassy clearing next to the ferry landing, shaded by mature river red gums.... Find out more

Cromer Shed camping area 33 km

This recent addition to the forest’s list of campsites features a large shelter shed among eucalypt woodland on the south-eastern edge of the forest. It’s off Cricks Mill Rd, 7 km west of Mt Pleasant.... Find out more

Lowan camping area (bush camping) 36 km

Offering self-sufficient bush camping, with no facilities, this camping area is reached from the park entrance on the northern boundary on Bow Hill–Karoonda Rd, 13 km south-east of Bow Hill. There’s plenty of... Find out more

Chalks camping area 37 km

This expansive and popular grassed site is set among river gums on Chalks Rd, close to the corner of Warren and Forreston rds, 4 km from the information centre. There’s a short walk from the parking area over... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Murray Bridge Resort Caravan Park and Marina 24 km

This park is in a great location, away from busy roads and a marina on the shores of the Murray River. The spacious park has good amenities and is pet friendly. It's about 3 km from the town centre. Bookings are... Find out more

Westbrook Park River Resort 35 km

This owner-operated park has grassy sites nestled by the banks of the Murray River, just 6 km north-west of town. Within easy driving distance of Adelaide, it is good for an overnight stop or suitable for a longer stay,... Find out more

Tanunda Caravan and Tourist Park 53 km

Enjoy the Barossa Valley experience from this popular park; it is a great base for exploring the fabulous wine-producing region. Located 1.5 km from the town centre, with easy access, it offers patrons a good range of... Find out more

Barossa Valley Tourist Park 57 km

This good quality Barossa Valley caravan park has a large number of sites, a choice of accommodation and a range of facilities including tennis courts. It is within walking distance of the town centre and close to... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Baseby House

Ultra-modern architectural style adds real spice to this riverfront B&B. A large, elevated home, it features a distinctive gull-wing roofline. Along the water frontage there’s a glorious expanse of glass... Find out more

River Dream Boatel

The ultimate in floating luxury, this five-star houseboat is architect designed and as lavishly appointed as any international high-rise hotel. A towering two-storey glass atrium provides guests with panoramic river... Find out more

Riverview Rise Retreats

You don’t expect opulence and high glamour in a quiet river town but that’s the theme in these three individually styled suites for two. Occupying a lofty vantage point, the accommodation offers excellent... Find out more

Unforgettable Houseboats

An imposing 11-strong fleet of houseboats is just the beginning with this multi-award-winning operation. The emphasis is on luxury, with a choice of four- to six-bedroom vessels that include ensuites, spas and... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Jackmans Lookout rest area 25 km

0.5km E of Swanport Bridge (L) or 19km W of Tailem Bend (R)

At the lookout overlooking the river.

Monteith rest area 27 km

4km E of Swanport Bridge (L) or 15km NW of Tailem Bend (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Tailem Bend South rest area 45 km

6km S of Tailem Bend (R) or 46km N of Meningie (L)

Just off the highway among trees.

What's on around town

Mannum Show: Mar.

Houseboat Hirers' Open Days: May.

Christmas Pageant: Dec.

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