Located next to the River is Mary Ann Reserve, named to honour the first Paddle Steamer, the “Mary Ann”, mostly built at Gumeracha by William Randell and his brothers. This is a very nice reserve, with more than one Monument to look at.Monuments commemorate the “Mary Ann”, and Captain Sturt’s epic voyage with his men down the Murray passing this...more
The scenic lookout at Mannum is one of the best. If you can come here, you will not be disappointed, for the views are great of the River Murray, the cliffs, Mannum, all the houseboats and all the going ons below. The River Murray was in flood and we had a very good view from here. Below, in the Trees, many Birds were roosting.Fantastic views and a...more
This walk is in recognition of brothers David and John Shearer.The Brother's were invited to come to Mannum by farmers in the area. They began their business in a small blacksmith's shop at the top of Randell Street, and later produced machinery, revolutionizing farming in Australia. The Walk begins at the Visitor centre, and is expected to take...more
Mannum has three different walks you can do, just pick up a brochure from the tourist information centre. For the Randell walk, allow approx 1.5hours. On all these walk, look for the heritage plaques beside the old buildings.On the Randell walk, I saw the heritage listed Thomas Randell's house, built in the 1850's. This house was the first solid...more
This rare, historic engine is also on display at the Mannum Dock Museum.Of more interest to men than myself, this beam engine was built and used to pump water from the dock when a paddle steamer was inside. When not employed for this task it was used to pump water to two underground tanks for irrigation for the gardens at Randell's home "Bleak...more
The Randell Dry Dock was designed and constructed as a timber floating dry dock in 1873 for use on Lake Alexandrina, but was a failure as the water wasn't deep enough. It was converted to a timber floating dry dock, and was the only graving dock on the inland river system.As it was the only facility of its type on the inland river system, it...more
As it happened, the River Murray was in flood when we were at Mannum in May 2012.We went to the Mannum Dock Museum, and in here, they had the flood levels marked and photo's of the old time floods.The River Murray floods are essential for the ecological system, but disastrous for the people whose houses and businesses are flooded. Bird life, fish...more
The Mannum Dock Museum is actually located at the Visitor centre. The Museum incorporates the Paddle Steamer Marion, the historic Randell Dry Dock and Key's Beam Engine. This is where you pay and gain entry to this Museum.The Mannum Dock Museum of River History, is a heritage attraction showing displays that follow the life of the River Murray from...more
The Mannum Visitor Information Centre is located in the Museum foyer.It is open seven days a week and staffed by local volunteers who were friendly and helpful. I really love the way the counter has been built into a Boat, it looks great! Brochures and maps, Marine souvenirs, books and information is all available here. Above these items, is a...more
I wonder if you have ever thought of a Houseboat holiday in Australia?The River Murray is a wonderful River to enjoy on a Houseboat. I have been on one, many, many years ago, and found it very pleasant, quiet and relaxing holiday.They are quite expensive, so sharing with others helps to keep the cost down. Most can sleep 6 - 12 people, and you...more
Not all towns along the River Murray have bridges across the River. Mannum is one of these.To cross the River, you need to catch the Ferry. These are FREE, and operate 24 hours per day.As Mannum is a busy river crossing, there are two ferries operating, meaning you won't have long to wait. They take everything across the river, from Motor-bikes to...more
The Mannum-Adelaide Pipeline was the first major pipeline built from the River Murray to serve the needs of Adelaide.
This Pipe-line is what you will see when travelling towards Palmer and onto Birdwood and Adelaide.
As South Australia is the driest state in the driest continent water is a valuable resource. There aren't many places the State can get water from, so this pipeline was very important. It was built in 1955, is 60kms long, ending its journey at a terminal storage at the Adelaide suburb of Modbury.
The pipeline supplies water to the metropolitan reticulation system, as well as providing a direct supply for residents in the Torrens Valley and eastern foothills. The pipeline can also discharge water into the Millbrook, Kangaroo Creek, Hope Valley, Little Para, Warren and South Para reservoirs.
From Mannum, we are returning home to Adelaide, via Palmer.
Between Palmer and Tungkillo, the hills are very rocky. Sheep try and find feed inbetween the rocks.
Watch out on the RIGHT HAND SIDE for Bear Rock. It is just a rock which somebody thought looked like a Bear, which is does, more so since it has been painted white. It is on private property so no entry.
A well know local sight that has been here as long as I can remember, the only change is the colour!