Here is a list of places where you can visit museums with displays of paddle steamer memorabilia and replicas. There are also historical markers of wreck locations.


Goolwa Riverboat Centre

Step back in time at the Goolwa Riverboat Centre
From 1853 to 1914 the Riverport of Goolwa was a thriving ship building centre. Ship building for the Murray River began in Goolwa and some 60 paddlesteamers and barges were built here. Goolwa was the only place on the Murray Darling system where complete vessels were built – hulls, engines, boilers, paddle wheels – the lot.



PS Oscar W

The Oscar W is a steam-powered, wood-fired, River Murray paddle steamer that was built in 1908 in Echuca, Victoria.  Now restored and crewed by volunteers, visitors to Goolwa can take one hour cruises from the wharf at the River Port of Goolwa.  The cruise takes passengers to the river barrage just before the Murray mouth and then back under the bridge to Hindmarsh Island.  Experience the sounds and smells of the hard working vessel that was made to pioneer the inland waters of Australia.




Mannum Dock Museum of River History

The Museum is located on the banks of the River Murray in the historic river port town of Mannum, South Australia. The Museum incorporates the Paddle Steamer Marion, the historic Randell Dry Dock, the Key’s Beam Engine and the Mannum Visitor Information Centre.

Opening Hours
9am – 5pm Monday to Friday
10am – 4pm Saturday and Sunday



Women of the River Country Exhibition

The Women of the River Country exhibition has been produced as a national exhibition to highlight stories of remarkable river women who has played vital roles in shaping our mighty river country.

Exhibition now showing –

FREE ENTRY at the Arnold Gallery

6 Randell Street Mannum

Mon – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sat & Sun 10:00 am – 4:00 pm