Good morning Mannum.
This is the sunrise that greeted us on our last morning in Mannum, glorious.
There were lots of birds around including a pair of black swans with their white chick, a pair of Purple Swamp hens (aka Pukeko in NZ) with their chick, ducks, pelicans, birds of prey in the distance. Hundreds of Welcome Swallows came in at dusk to roost in the reeds.
Note I had to boost the colour in this photo as it was a rather dull morning, so the grass in the photo is a vivid green. In real life it is just ordinary dull green.
Below are the Welcome Swallows leaving in the morning. We think they were Welcome Swallows, Steve had to get his zoom camera out to take a photo and blow it up to see the birds clearly as they were too small to see clearly at dusk and dawn.
The ducks and the Purple Swamp hens pooped everywhere, we were forever sweeping away the mess from the matting.
When we arrived in Mannum it was the begining of a long weekend in South Australia, Cup day. We stayed at the Mannum Riverside Caravan Park. The camping ground was full and when we booked the only available site was from a cancellation. The site was very ordinary, no view, down a dead end street so we had to back the caravan down the road to get onto the site, and over 200 steps to the amenities.
Very popular camping ground as it is not that far from Adelaide, lots of jet skis, mini river boats, pergola shades along the river at the camping ground.
Jet ski central on the river on the weekend.
On the Monday when the hordes left we were able to move sites to beside the river where I took that glourious sunrise view. We were very happy with our new location. So happy we didn’t even explore the local area apart from the township as it was just so pleasant and peaceful next to the quiet section of the river. Could have stayed here longer than 6 nights.
The township of Mannum was small, quaint shops, pubs, clubs, small supermarket medical centre next to the hospital who did my INR blood test for me. The town had a Mechanic who was able to weld the handbrake guides back on after we sheared them off moving the caravan from one site to the other, oops. The kerb was viscious. The town is on the Murray River and is only 84km from Adelaide so a popular weekend spot. Over the river, via a car ferry, is a couple of free camping areas.
On the weekend they had a hot rod car show and the paddle boats were also out and about.
There are houseboats on the river here, one couple in the camping ground I talked to were hiring a houseboat with some friends and going cruising for three nights.
We left Mannum yesterday morning and headed further inland up the Murray River.