Relax riverside at Mannum, an idyllic town plonked on the lush banks of the Murray River just over an hour’s ride from Adelaide.
Here, you can meander gently up the river on a historic paddle steamer before kicking back at one of the many pubs perched on the riverbank offering stunning views like the Pretoria Hotel and Mannum Hotel.
Just minutes away, jump on a kayak and head down the river to the world-renowned Hermann Gass Bird Sanctuary where you’ll drift past river red gums while spotting a huge variety of birdlife, or chuck on your hiking boots and discover Mannum Waterfalls.
Venture a little further to Palmer for awesome views of the Murray Plains framed by unique granite rocky outcrops.
PS Marion provides a unique opportunity to experience the thrills and mysteries of the golden years of the river boats.
Undertaking short cruises throughout the year on the Murray River departing from Mary Ann Reserve in Mannum.
Visitors are welcome to view PS Marion whilst she is moored at her home at Arnold Park Wharf (museum opening times) including inspection of the galley, dining room, lounges and cabin accommodation.
Join the PS Marion’s crew aboard the heritage paddle steamer for a short cruise along the mighty Murray River. Gain a great perspective of Mannum as you relax and enjoy the passing river scenery and listen to the slap of the paddles.
Whether you steam downstream passing spectacular river cliffs and a myriad of bird life or head upstream, this unique journey aboard the grand old lady of the river will appeal to all. Indulge in a delicious Devonshire tea served in the dining room, or make your way up to the licensed bar on the middle deck.
Observe the Engineer and Fireman as they work their magic in the art of steam engine operation. Watch in awe as the Captain and Mate manoeuvre the 200 tonne heritage vessel. Learn the history of PS Marion from interpretive panels, or better still – have a chat to one of the friendly Deckhands.
The Murray River, Lakes and Coorong is home to some truly breathtaking and majestic views.
See giant, naturally-formed granite rocks, spread out across a meandering tree-lined landscape at the Palmer Lookout between the towns of Tungkillo and Palmer.
The panoramic lookout offers you vistas across the Murray Plains, with the famed Bear Rock keeping watch.
This popular bush walking destination, with moderate to steep walking tracks along Reedy Creek to the falls.
With very scenic views, and an abundance of wildlife, along with fascinating geology.
Access to the falls is a walk from one of two carparks. The first car park is on the left, which leaves a one kilometre steep walk to the falls. The second carpark is situated above the falls with a short walk down to them.
Toilets are available and located 600 metres from the first carpark.
The most spectacular time to view the falls is after recent rains in the hills catchment area during the Winter months.
Need good walking shoes and water. Not recommended when hot.
HERMANN GASS BIRD SANCTUARY
The world renowned Hermann Gass Bird Sanctuary features boardwalk viewing and is located next to the Mannum Caravan Park.
Have a picnic beside the Murray River whilst enjoying the birdlife. The sanctuary is a wetland area protected from the main channel by gum trees and reeds and is home to a variety of birdlife.