On the banks of the Mighty Murray

Trip Start Apr 15, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Mannum Campground

Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Sunday, May 2, 2010

Today we left 42 mile for the mighty Murray. On the way we came across this ancient 1926 motorbike, with no suspension, that coasted along at a maximum speed of 60km per hour. THe guy driving it was just as ancient, but he had the cutiest little terrier on the back! Coastal scrub bush gave way to beautiful Murray gums as we edged closer to Tailem Bend and Murray Bridge. We did a grocery stock up in Murray Bridge and then continued further up the Murray. We were treated to stunning rock formations along the edge of the banks. We finally stumbled across a small country town called Mannum, built on the edge of the Murray. It was quite a large, quaint town for what didn't seem to be a great deal of houses. We decided to camp on the opposite side of the Murray to the town, and thus needed to cross the river. But alas, the Murray is too deep for even Joel to attempt to cross. Not to fear, the town of Mannum provide a ferry to get to the other side with your car. 'An extension of the road', the Info lady said, and such (much to Joel's happiness) is free and runs 24/7. On the other side of the river we found a beautiful camp ground on the edge of the banks (and was free - Joel was having a good day). We set up camp and then went for our first proper kayak as the sun set. The following day we went to the PS Marion Steam Museum. Joel spent a few hours fascinated by the history of Mannum and the paddle steamers on the Murray. We even got to walk through PS Marion. We also found out that quite a number of times the town has been under water when the river has flooded. They used to drive their boats and dock at the second storey balcony of the pub to get a beer during these times. We took a drive and walked to the waterfall - but couldn't find any water, let alone a waterfall. The grey nomads at the caravan park can talk, they keep on and on and on, but on the whole are lovely people who have many interesting stories to share. That night we kayaked across the river, bought fish and chips and then kayaked into the middle of the river to eat! Nothing was lost overboard, and it was a fun experience.
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