The Mannum Dock Discovery Centre is located on the banks of the River Murray in the historic river port town of Mannum, South Australia. The Discovery Centre incorporates the Mannum Visitor Information Centre, Paddle Steamer Marion, Paddle Wheeler Mayflower, the historic Randell Dry Dock, and the Key’s Beam Engine.
The Mannum Dock Discovery Centre and associated product offer excellent tourism experiences. An attraction in its own right the Discovery Centre focuses on river history showing the preservation of life on the River Murray and surrounding areas. Displays follow the life of the Murray River from its birth, showcasing fossilised sea creatures that once inhabited the Murray River area when it was an inland seabed; the occupation of the Aboriginal people, and Ngarrindjeri dreaming; the coming of white settlement and the birth of Mannum as a settlement, the start of the river trade, its growth and the important part it has played in our history.
Our Paddle wheeler Mayflower cruises four days per week. 1.5 hour cruises aboard the oldest vessel on the river depart Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 10.30 am and 1pm.
Our Paddle Steamer Marion is the oldest surviving steamer with accommodation available anywhere in the world. An annual cruise schedule is developed so please contact us for further information.