Not your Average Gravel Ride: Mannum, South Australia

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Photo by Craig (left), Instagram @newontechnology

Mannum, South Australia: “Mannum is a historic town on the west bank of the Murray River in South Australia, 84 kilometres (52 mi) east of Adelaide. Mannum is the seat of the Mid Murray Council, and is situated in the state electoral district of Hammond and the federal Division of Barker.” –

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Lady Gravel Cyclist, photo by Craig

“The Aboriginal inhabitants and traditional owners of the vicinity now called Mannum were the Nganguruku (Nganguruga), part of the larger Ngayawung community. In 1830 the Sturt expedition passed through the area by boat. No Europeans visited again until 25 January 1838 when the expedition of Dr George Imlay and John Hill, on horseback from Adelaide, became the first to reach the Murray overland within South Australia. noted that the thriving Indigenous population were very keen fisherfolk.”

Not your Average Gravel Ride Video

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In this video, JOM and his partner, Lady Gravel Cyclist, meet with Craig, a South Aussie local (, for a short ride to and from Mannum, that takes in a historic railway bridge. Almost no traffic on this ride!

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Historic but abandoned, Reedy Creek Railway Bridge

Reminder: ALWAYS BE A STEWARD FOR GRAVEL CYCLING: Respect the roads, respect the locals, respect the land, respect your fellow cyclists.

Additional Photos

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The Murray River
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Craig aboard a Bombtrack
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Blue Tongued Skink
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Blue Tongued Skink
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Downtown / CBD of Mannum, South Australia
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Abandoned Farmhouse

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