Mannum (Google Map), barely 20 minutes away from Murray Bridge also extremely well known for the ‘Unforgettable’ house boat series.
The house boats can range from a plush 1 story house boat to a 3 story houseboat with leather lounges, big screen TV’s and two or three spas to relax your muscles after a hard days riding, oh the luxuries of this fine river.Located on the banks of the Murray River this town historically was a hub for ship building and transport. A popular port for the various Paddle Steamers in the mid to late 1800’s supporting the river trade and a substantial local manufacturing industry.
The stern-wheeler Murray Princes, based at Mannum, now provides tourists with cruises along the river. It is Australia’s largest and most luxuriously appointed paddle steamer and cruises run each week.Regardless of the luxury of the house boat, it is the remote access of finding the best water and windless hidden curves that the Murray River hides along it’s banks.
The ability to simply go for a ride as much as you want from the back of the house boat is pure joy!
How to Get There
Only accessable by road, Mannum is a short 20 minute drive from Murray Bridge or one and half hours from Adelaide.
There are two boat ramps in the area, the most popular one is at Mary Ann Reserve next to the local Rowing Club. Having picnic facilities including BBQ area, green grass and shady trees it is easy to understand why.
The other boat ramp is located on the main street (Randle Street) opposite Mannum Hotel. There you will find a good size car park if you simply want to take to the water and ride.
Where to Stay
This small rural town has a variety of accommodation options to suit all budgets and preferences.
For those looking for an outdoor experience, there are caravan parks available. These offer a chance to camp right along the river and wake up to beautiful views.
In town, you’ll find a selection of hotels and motels ranging from modest to upscale. These provide easy access to restaurants and shops in the Mannum town center.
But the iconic way to stay in Mannum is on a houseboat. There is a large selection of houseboat rentals docked right on the river. Houseboats let you travel and explore the Murray River while sleeping aboard at night. Options range from basic to luxurious to fit different budgets.
In addition to hotels, motels and houseboats in town, there are also many holiday rental homes in the Mannum area. These private homes offer the comforts of home with full amenities while being steps away from the water.
So whether you’re looking for an outdoor adventure, a quaint hotel stay, a houseboat journey, or a private holiday rental, Mannum has diverse accommodation options to meet your needs and budget for an amazing Murray River experience.