Nestled on the mighty Murray River, Mannum is a charming rural town with numerous Heritage-listed sites, a waterfront nature reserve and a range of locally-owned boutiques and cafes. Scenery abounds in Mannum, from the smooth-running Murray River on a historic paddle steamer cruise to cascading waterfalls and wilderness treks.
Things to do in Mannum
Mannum is the perfect place to relax, especially at the Mary Ann Reserve, which sits on the Murray River. Here you can enjoy a tranquil barbecue picnic and let the kids run wild on the ample grassy space or children’s playground. It’s a short walk from Randell Street’s collection of delis, diners, bakeries and one-of-a-kind fashion retailers.
Want to experience the Murray River? Take advantage of Mannum’s houseboat rentals to get out on the water overnight or take a leisurely cruise on one of the historic paddle steamers. The PS Marion is Mannum’s pride and joy, birthed in the city in 1897 and still takes passengers along the river. Check out the galley, dining room, lounges and cabin accommodation on board.
Drive 10 minutes out to Mannum Waterfalls, a popular bushwalking destination with large granite outcrops that turn Reedy Creek into a series of waterfalls. Save time for a scenic drive along Younghusband Road, which takes you past lagoons, quarries and the Murray River for about 18 kilometres.
Discover more about Mannum’s maritime history at the Mannum Dock Museum of River History. Here you can see historic photographs, the iconic Key’s Beam Engine, local artwork and exhibits on the local Indigenous Australians. Don’t forget to relax with a round of golf at the peaceful Mannum Golf Course, perfect for beginners and experienced golfers.
Getting around Mannum
Mannum is about 1.5 hours’ drive from Adelaide along the National Highway. Once you’ve arrived, you can walk around the centre of town, but will need a vehicle to travel further afield.