Mannum and More Overnighter
Two Days: 23rd – 24th March 2020
Twin Share: $569 per person. Sole Use: $619 per person.
- Home pick-ups & set downs (most metro areas – please contact us for details)
- Picnic-style morning teas & all meals as per the itinerary
- All accommodation & admissions to all attractions
- Experienced & informative tour driver/guide.
The beauty and diversity of the Murray River provides a spectacular backdrop for this overnight getaway. We take time to admire the river from the foreshore as well as from the boat as we cruise the scenic stretch from Mannum to Mypolonga. We visit one of the few remaining blacksmiths in South Australia and wander around the stunning lavender fields of Brayfield Park. Join us on this relaxed overnight tour, staying with one of our favourite hosts in Mannum.
Day One – MONDAY 23 MARCH 2020
(includes light lunch and three course dinner)
We depart this morning after completing home pick-ups (limited areas*), and travel to the charming town of Angaston, named after one of South Australia’s founders, George Fife Angas who sponsored many of the region’s early German settlers.
On arrival, we enjoy morning tea before visiting the Angaston Blacksmith Shop, situated on Angaston’s elegant main street. Here we will be privileged to see a demonstration of the art of blacksmithing as well as being guided through the museum of blacksmith memorabilia. Blacksmith shops were once an essential part of rural life and this is one of the few remaining blacksmiths in South Australia.
After this fascinating experience, we set off driving through Eden Valley, surrounded by rolling hills and ancient red gums. Continuing through Springton and the Barossa Ranges, we come to the small township of Mount Pleasant. The main street is lined with beautiful plane trees and the district is known for its vineyards, excellent local produce, galleries, cellar doors and scenic drives. It’s the ideal spot to stop and enjoy our lunch break.
Refreshed, we take a scenic drive to the historic port town of Mannum, where we visit the Mannum Dock Museum. The museum is located on the banks of the Murray and incorporates the Paddlesteamer Marion, Randell Dry Dock, the Arnold Art Gallery and much, much more. It provides visitors with a good understanding of how life was on the Murray River in the early days and the history of the river’s navigation. There will be an opportunity to look at the shops along the main street if we wish.
Tonight our accommodation is at the Mannum Motel (Ph: 08 8569 1808), where we check in before coming together for dinner.
Day Two — TUESDAY 24 MARCH 2020
(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and three course dinner)
This morning we wake to the sound of birds along the river before enjoying breakfast in the motel restaurant.
A great way to really appreciate the beauty of the Murray River is on the river itself, so this morning, we join our friends at Four Knots Cruises. As we sit back, relax and cruise down a very picturesque section of the Murray, from Mannum to Mypolonga, Chad will share his knowledge of the river and there’ll be plenty of time to enjoy our morning tea.
The rich soils of Mypolonga make it the perfect area for growing produce, so after disembarking we meet our driver and head to Aussie Apricots. A third generation family-run orchard, the Prossers not only grow apricots, they also hand-pick, cut and sun-dry the fruit, plus make a range of apricot based products. After suffering a crippling drought in 2005, they diversified the business in order to survive and today their product range includes confectionary, jams, chutneys, chocolate-dipped apricots, apricot balls and so much more. They also support local growers, buying 100% South Australian produce to help supply production. We have the opportunity to learn more about this local success story, taste and purchase some or their wonderful products.
From Mypolonga we journey to the riverside town of Murray Bridge in the heart of the Murraylands. It is a sprawling rural centre surrounded by dairying, chicken raising, pig breeding, tomato and snow pea farming.
After lunch in town, we head to another local, family owned producer at Brayfield Park Lavender Farm. First established at Wellington in the late 1990’s, the farm was relocated to its present site in 2006. A true family business, there are four generations who pitch in to help grow and produce high quality lavender products—from heat bags to lotions and balms. We’ll enjoy visiting this stunning property with the opportunity to meet the family, learn more about their lavender and make purchases if we wish.
It is soon time to make our way home and we leave the River behind as we make our way through the Hills. On arrival in Adelaide, we are taken to our homes feeling relaxed and refreshed after experiencing some of the delights of the beautiful Murray River region.