Mannum is recognised as the birthplace of the Murray River paddlesteamer “Mary Ann” back in 1853.
Thirty One of our members left on the 19th April for a five day tour through Western Victoria into South Australia to the Murray River town of Mannum. We stopped at Ballarat for a lovely morning tea.
We then continued along the Western Highway through Ararat, Stawell and Horsham and onto Nhill for lunch. Our next three nights accomodation was at the Mannum Motel located on the banks of the Murray River.
Members having Morning Tea on the banks of the Murray River
Our bus driver, Brian entertained us every night singing and playing guitar at happy hour. Every member sang along with him and thoroughly enjoyed his enthusiasm..
We then travelled into the heart of the Adelaide Hills to Hahndorf; one of Australias oldest surviving German settlements. The main street is a mix of historic buildings, bakeries, delis, cafes, restaurants and art and craft shops. We can definitely recommend their apple studel.
On the way back to Mannum we stopped at Melba’s Chocolate Factory, which is a ‘working’ tourism factory located in a heritage listed complex in the picturesque township of Woodside. As well as chocolate they also produce other various confectioneries. There was far too much temptation here for our members as you can see.
On the third day we travelled into the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula to the Scottish heritage town of Strathalbyn and then on to Goolwa and enjoyed morning tea at the wharf on the banks of Lake Alexandrina. Goolwa was once a thriving river port- now it’s a popular holiday destination. We then travelled across the bridge to Hindmarsh Island to see the mouth of the Murray River and on to Victor Harbour for lunch, where we found clear turquoise waters and stunning views. A few of our energetic members walked across the causeway.
The next day we said goodbye to Mannum and hopped on our coach and headed to Meningie for morning tea beside Lake Albert. Here we saw a statue commemorating the Birdman of the Coorong. John Francis Peggoty who was born a tiny baby and grew to be a very small adult with childlike features was the only genuine bush-ranger that roamed the Coorong on an ostrich. Being so small he used to scamper down chimneys of the wealthy and steal their jewellery – gold jewellery being his fancy.
Our journey continued onto Robe for lunch and then onto Mount Gambier for our last overnight stopover where we had our farewell dinner. The following morning we went to the blue lake but unfortunately the visibility was poor.
Farewell Dinner at Mount Gambier
It’s always sad when your holiday is coming to an end. We enjoyed morning tea on the banks of the Moyne River and then headed off through Warrnambool, Camperdown to Colac for lunch. We continued our homeward journey through Geelong and arrived back at the Club around 5.00pm. Everyone is looking forward to our next adventure.
Group Photo at Colac