Mannum Waters Update


Our River Playground - A Wonderful Place to Live or Holiday

Mannum is a town of natural beauty, unique history and heritage, and offers residents and visitors alike the chance to enjoy life in a stunning environment.

We are widely recognised as the "Birthplace of Australia's Murray River Paddle Steamers" and have an active boating tradition.

Mannum township currently supports a population of somewhere around 2000 residents, which is growing, as estates like Mannum Waters create an opportunity for more people to move in to town and experience the fabulous lifestyle that we can't keep a secret anymore.

A large collection of cruise and holiday boats operate from Mannum banks and the historic town wharf at the reserve, including the Proud Mary, Murray Princess, the Jester and Murray Venturer. If you have never been on a cruise or holiday on the river then you are missing out on a wonderful chance to see the river in all its glory, it's time to contact one of the boats that operate cruises and see for yourself.

A stunning sight - the Proud Mary and Murray Princess side by side, docked at Mary Anne Reserve

The PS Marion, an original steamer of the paddle boat era is currently moored in Mannum, owned by the local Mid Murray Council, near the heritage listed Randell Dry Dock (in Mannum's Main Street) and has been restored to full steaming capacity. Limited public cruises operate from the Visitor Centre which is open daily.

Alternatively you could always look at hiring a houseboat and navigating the Murray yourself, there are many houseboat operators in Mannum including multiple SA Tourism Award winners, Unforgettable Houseboats, who have a large fleet available and will call Mannum Waters home in the near future.

Unforgettable Fleet

In addition to attractions the township of Mannum itself offers all the facilities you would expect, and more

  • Mannum Kindy
  • Mannum Community College - Reception to Year 12
  • Aged Care and Retirement Homes
  • District Hospital and Medical Centre
  • Church Services
  • Shopping Facilities - supermarket, chemist, craft shops, newsagent, bakeries, ladies & menswear shops, hair-dressers, Post Office and much more
  • Dining Locations and Destinations - Cafe' Mannum, Pretoria Hotel, Mannum Community Club and Mannum Hotel, in addition to the local take-away food outlets, bakeries and boutique cafe dining
  • Local Attractions - Mary Anne Reserve on the River Murray with playgrounds and bbqs, historic walks and trails, Mannum Canoe Trail, Museums, Antique and Craft shops
  • Extensive sporting clubs - Golf Club currently with a challenging 9-hole fully greened course (to be extended in the future to an 18-hole golf course abutting Mannum Waters land), Bowling Club, Community Leisure & Sports Centre with a fully equipped gym. Football, Cricket, Netball, Rowing, Tennis, Squash, Basketball, etc
  • Boat launching ramps currently in the town enable fisherman and ski-boat operators to launch their boats and enjoy water activities and sports - cruising, swimming, skiing, fishing, etc. Mannum Waters will also have a boat ramp in the near future
  • Accommodation - Mannum Motel, Hotel, Bed & Breakfasts, Mannum Caravan Park, Holiday Rental

Giving Mannum a boost and more modern facilities will be the new Mannum Green Shopping Centre - construction of Mannum's new shopping centre is progressing quickly with the fit out of shops happening now and an expected opening on or around November this year. Much of the town is eagerly awaiting the grand opening of this new facility, where there will be easy car-parking,
providing the perfect opportunity for busy people within Mannum and the surrounding district to be able to shop locally, whilst still being able to use the existing Main Street services.

Mannum's Main Street & Construction at the new Mannum Green Shopping Centre

Just A Short Drive Away

Mannum really is just an hour's drive from the city!

Accessible by road, around 80kms if you take the scenic route from the North side of town, about a 50 minute drive from Tea Tree Gully through Gumeracha and Birdwood, and a similar distance if you take the freeway and Monarto turn-off.

Many people are not aware of the 'short-cut' to Mannum that takes you through Monarto, and if you enter directions to Mannum into your GPS it will usually take you via Murray Bridge. If you'd like to come for a drive to Mannum and want the 'short-cut' directions from the Monarto turn-off on the freeway (which saves about 20-30 minutes driving time each way), I've attached a map to help show you the way.

See this link to a pdf document showing the short-cut!

Our location means there are many people who live in Mannum and commute to work every day, and in addition to being easily accessible to the city we are also a central location to reach other towns - 20 minutes to Murray Bridge, 45 minutes to the Barossa Valley, 40 minutes to the hills, Hahndorf and Mount Barker, 60 minutes to Gawler, 90 minutes to the Riverland and 90 minutes to the Fleurieu Peninsula.

If you consider Mannum for everyday living you will never be far from where you need to be, or if you are thinking of a holiday destination you can pack up from work at 5pm on Friday afternoon and be in Mannum by dinner time, ready to enjoy the fabulous river lifestyle on offer. So........'Weekends That Last Forever...' and coming home to Mannum Waters can be achievable.

Welcome to Julie Wohmann

I'd like to introduce our newest employee - Julie Wohmann. Julie will be here to greet you when you visit on the weekends, taking over from Jenna, who we wish all the best as she pursues a different career path.

We think Julie is a fabulous addition to our team, having extensive knowledge of the houseboat industry and a passion for the River Murray and township of Mannum, has bought a berth within Mannum Waters, and is looking forward to living here with her husband permanently once the marina is completed.

Julie Wohmann

Mannum Waters Sponsorship News

Royal Adelaide Show 2012 - if you're heading to the Show this year (7-15 September) then pop in to the Murraylands Regional Tourist Association stand in the Jubilee Pavilion. Mannum Waters are one of the sponsors of the site and there will be information available if you'd like it. There are other sponsors also helping make the display look great and to showcase the River Murray, including Jester Cruises, Marne River Olives, Willow Point Winery and Breeze Canoe Hire to name a few, all of which are volunteering their time, and Esther will be working there on Wednesday, and myself on Thursday.

Mannum Golf Club - Mannum Waters continue to forge their relationship with the Mannum Golf Club by becoming a Gold Sponsor.

Built in 1952, the Mannum 9-hole Golf course is an interesting mix of flat and undulating land. The 9 fairways and greens have 18 strategically placed tee blocks, which gives the impression of a full 18 holes. The course is par 73 for men and 72 for ladies, and has an Australian course rating of 69. Various memberships are available and great rates, competitions are regularly held and visitors are always welcome. Feel free to visit their website for more information.

For details on allotments and berths for sale at Mannum Waters, with a starting price at $83,150 for a residential allotment around 600sqm in size, and blocks with views like 399 Rosella Rise at $125,000 and 309 Rosella Rise overlooking the houseboat marina priced at $166,950, head to our website and take a look at our interactive map, or print a price list.

All available marina berths have been released, and with about 80% sold and the finishing date early 2013 fast approaching, now is the time to secure yours.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me directly on 0414 782 215, at the office on 08 7324 0600 or email

Kind Regards,

Deanne Goodwin
ph: 0414 782 215

On-site Sales Office opening times:
Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm
Sat & Sun 11am to 4pm

Enter from Belvedere Road Mannum (For a detailed map click here

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