Cruise the mighty Murray from Mannum

Take a step back in time with a Murray River cruise on a historic paddle steamer and experience the bygone era. Just over an hour’s drive out of Adelaide, lies Mannum, the birthplace of paddle steamers in Australia.

The paddle steamer industry once used as a transportation service for agriculture and supplies between townships along the mighty Murray now provide a unique journey into the history of our yesteryears.

The fully restored P.S. Marion dates back to 1897. The heritage vessel is one of the last operational, heritage, steam driven, wood fired, overnight passenger carrying side paddle steamers in the world. Alongside the P.S. Murray Princess, the largest inland paddle wheeler in the Southern hemisphere, built in 1986.

Escape the city and take a 4-day voyage upon the P.S. Murray Princess, or jump on board the P.S. Marion for an afternoon and indulge in a delicious Devonshire tea served in the dining room. Watch in awe as the crew work their magic in the art of steam engine operation to manoeuvre the 200 tonne heritage vessel.

Captain Cook Cruises offer daily unique historic and nature-based adventures. There’s no better way to see the majestic Murray River and the dramatic Australian outback. For more information on cruises visit and

While you’re visiting Mannum, be sure to visit the Mannum Dock Museum, home of the restored P.S. Marion, historic exhibits and displays, and visitor information. The Mannum Dock Museum also acknowledges the Nganguraku people as traditional owners of the land.