"The Port of Mannum" Mannum by tiabunna
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Port of …? What’s that about? This place isn’t on the coast! Time for another little ramble into some Australian history….
If I mention steam powered riverboats, most people probably think of stern-wheel Mississippi paddle steamers, replete with the requisite double stacks, riverboat gamblers, flash ladies and so on. Well, gentle reader, I’m happy to say that Australia also has a proud riverboat history, though virtually all the original boats were side wheelers and (as far as I’m aware, anyway) were somewhat lacking in riverboat gamblers and flash ladies.
I’m sure that by now you’re way ahead of me when I let you know that Mannum, on the Murray River in South Australia, not only was once a major downstream port for the riverboat trade, but the very place where the legends began. Eventually rail and, later, road transport finished off the riverboats, by taking the passengers and later by picking up the heavy freight haulage – think of giant stacks of baled wool.
Although I’ve been a regular visitor to Mannum for many years, until recently little effort was made to cater for tourists – that, at last, is changing. It’s not far up the road from Adelaide and I’m now happy to say that Mannum, combined with a visit to the Barossa Valley, should be on the agenda for anyone visiting that part of the world. I should add that Mannum has become a popular short trip from Adelaide, and that it (and the Murray in general) are a favourite place for boat-related activities of various kinds.
- Pros:An interesting day trip from Adelaide
- Cons:Nothing really, but can be very hot in summer
- In a nutshell:Get your riverboat history here!
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