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Nature and luxury don’t always go hand in hand — but that’s just what makes Reedy Creek Retreat so dreamy!

The healing power of nature is undeniable, and in a fast-paced world, having the opportunity to slow down is priceless. Reedy Creek Retreat in Mannum combines these two things to perfection — and a stay here will have you feeling refreshed from top to toe.

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The luxury glamping accommodation overlooking the Murray River is set on a stunning private property owned by local couple, Louise and Rufus Scheffers. “We want people to come and escape the busyness of life — just to stop, breathe and be happy. After years of working hard, this little piece of paradise has been our saviour, and we’re so excited to share it with others,” Louise says.

There are three glamping tents on offer, all with river views and some seriously generous provisions. Louise and Rufus are proud of their small footprint on the environment — these babies are eco-friendly, run through off-grid solar with back-up batteries — but that doesn’t mean any luxuries have been compromised, no-siree, Bob!

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The big mama of the tents, Sunflower is perfect for a family getaway! It has a kitchenette and living area that open up onto a deck overlooking the water, a queen-sized bed in one bedroom, and an offset room with beds for two kiddos (or friends). It has a generous bathroom and the whole thing is disability friendly.

For a more romantic vibe, Haven and Burrow are both open plan and made with couples in mind. You can be the master
of the tongs with your own barbecue hut, complete with an inset kitchen, a Weber Q and fire pits for the winter.

Nothing has been missed when it comes to making your stay next level — top quality linen, fluffy bath towels and robes, an espresso coffee machine, smart TV, bluetooth speakers, wi-fi, reverse- cycle air-con, provisions for a cooked breakfast, cereal, yoghurt, milk, juice, water, coffee, tea… can it get better? It sure can!

“We’re surrounded by some incredible local businesses, so we love to show off what’s on offer! We start with a glass of complimentary sparkling on arrival, then leave you to try a Dasher + Fisher gin and tonic, and a bottle of Elysian red wine to help you slip straight into relaxation,” Louise says.

And there are plenty of options for nibbling. “We can organise platters from Looove Cheese or have someone cook a full-blown romantic dinner on-site, or you’re just seven minutes away from Mannum’s shops, hotels and cafes!”

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As for the nature part, you’re well and truly covered! Every tent overlooks the river, which is alive with birdlife. “There’s nothing like sitting on the deck, watching a mass of pelicans land on the water… it’s like watching planes land! At different times, you’ll see black swans, wedgetail eagles, our little kangaroo family who we absolutely adore, and the big-ticket item, our wombats! The Burrow tent was named because it sits right next to an active burrow of wombats — you can watch them come out at night, it’s incredible!”

Reedy Creek BBQ Boats

Their little sister biz, Reedy Creek BBQ Boats, really lets you max out a river stay! Launching from Mannum Waters Marina, two large pontoon boats comfortably fit 10 people each and are fully fenced, so they’re safe for little ones. You don’t even need a boat licence to take one for a spin, just a driver’s licence and the drive to have a good time!

“Our boats are equipped with a barbecue, table, chairs, an onboard toilet, large esky and bluetooth speakers, so you can set your own vibe,” Louise says.

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Choose between a half or full day river cruise, where you can pull up to the bank to explore or even take kayaks on board
to really make a splash. And catering for your day on the river couldn’t be easier with options to add on platters or even a meat tray from the local butcher.

You don’t have to glamp it up to book the boats, but those doing both get a sweet little discount thrown in — just part of the all-embracing Reedy Creek Retreat hospitality.



Em Worthington

Em Worthington

Writer and Content Creator for Adelady, her heart starts racing at the sight of a whiteboard or mere mention of a brainstorm.

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