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All NEW Skipper’s Bar on the lawn serving a range of drinks and Peters Ice Creams

The newly renovated Pretoria Hotel is located in the heart of historic Mannum on the banks of the Mighty Murray River just one hours drive from Adelaide.

Free Wi-Fi all hotel

Renovated Riverview Bar and Bistro with a fabulous menu.

NEW – Function Room with a small private deck.

NEW – Main Street Bar and Sip’n Save Bottleshop & STUNNING Historic Cellar with an AMAZING range of wines.

New – Accommodation – 5 Stylish rooms with shared bathroom facilities

Whether a quiet drink is what you are after or a relaxing coffee, sit back and relax right next to the mighty River Murray. Experience the beauty of the Murraylands whilst surrounded by the history and modern facilities of the Pretoria Hotel.

Live Entertainment
Saturday night live bands from 9pm
Sunday afternoon solo musician from 1:30pm

All Day Dining every Sunday. An extensive menu caters for every taste – call in and check us out

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About Us

Purchased on the 1st October 2013 by the Hurley Hotel Group & Hurley Hotels – A family Group consisting of Peter and Jenny Hurley – Brian & Robyn Hurley – Nick Goh & Kaye Hurley.

Since that date the Pretoria has had a reformation with a major refurbishment & renovation of all areas. We still have the same amazing friendly and competent staff!

History of The Pretoria

The Pretoria Hotel was officially opened on December 22nd 1900 by inaugural publican Samuel Mundy Hoad, a wheat merchant from Mannum. The hotel was named Pretoria, reflecting the fervor and emotion of the times for the British Empire which was at war with the Boers in South Africa between 1899 and 1902. The newspapers of the day closely followed the war and at the time of the hotel plans being lodged, Lord Roberts’ troops had occupied Johannesburg and Pretoria. So the naming of the new hotel was the chief way that Mannum marked the victory at Pretoria.

The December 22, 1900, opening attracted visitors from Adelaide, Palmer, Mount Pleasant, Rhine Villa, Sedan, Swan Reach and the surrounding districts. It was then described in a local paper as “a handsome two-storeyed building with a broad balcony round three sides whence a splendid view of the magnificent reaches of the Murray is obtained".

The 1939 floods created a necessity for refurbishment at The Pretoria, so owners J and AG Johnston undertook general repairs and refurbishments that dramatically altered the character of its facade. Its exterior which was entirely plastered by tradesman FM Dalet for 120 pounds, was followed six months later by major alterations to the balcony where the three sided cast iron construction was replaced by the balustrades of an ultra-modern one. William Randell with the Boiler from the Mary Anne Plastering and rendering hotels to give an austere appearance was highly fashionable and common practice from the 1920s through to the 1950s.

This form of modernity was a rejection of the high Victorian styles of exposed stonework, adornments of lacy cast iron verandahs and fancy plasterwork which were simply viewed as old fashioned. In 1956, Mannum and surrounding river towns were overcome by a devastating river flood. Although The Pretoria Hotel’s first level, was completely overtaken, they continued to keep the beer flowing by serving drinks from the top balcony. Patrons would travel to the Pretoria by boat and locals banded together to create a sandbag walkway to reach the hotel. It was not unusual to see the publican’s children diving from the internal staircase and using the ground floor hallway as a swimming pool. Rowers made their way through the hotel hallway and of course their training ground became the main street of Mannum.

The 1956 flood watermark reached 1.715 metres and you can see the actual water mark level in the original front bar of the hotel along with spectacular photographs of the hotel in flood. In May 1999, Ian and Debbie Alexander purchased the Pretoria Hotel and commenced plans for the total redevelopment of the Pretoria. The hotel had a front bar/bottleshop combined and dining for approximately 50 people and the beer garden was not open to river trade or the general public. Later that year, 60 years since its last major refurbishments, the new development plans for the hotel reinstated exposed stonework beautifully preserved under battleship grey plaster and a balcony and verandah reminiscent of the 1900s. The rear single storey of the hotel was demolished and the 300 person bar/bistro, gaming and amusement lounge was built overlooking the river and created magnificent vistas of the picturesque Mannum Bowling Club.

Steeped in history, The Pretoria Hotel has certainly celebrated its 100th year in true style with its superb new surroundings. The $2m redevelopment has retained the warmth and country hospitality with a simplistic style that captures and welcomes all of those who patronise The Pretoria.

Facilities / Features

Riverview Bar and Bistro. Function Room seats 50 guests with private deck. Main St Bar and Sip’n Save Bottleshop and AMAZING Wine cellar. Fox Sport & Fox Footy. Pub style accommodation.

LUNCH Mon to Sat – 11:30am – 2:30pm
DINNER Mon to Thurs 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Fri & Sat 5:30pm – 9pm
SUNDAY ALL DAY 11:30am – 8:30pm

TAB + Goldrush Pokies with 32 modern machines

Magnificent views of the Murray River with a lawn area running down to the waters edge. Room for at least 2 house boats.


The Pretoria Hotel offers relaxed, pub accommodation in the heart of Mannum. The hotel is a one stop shop with accommodation, meals in the bistro 7 days a week, entertainment on Saturdays and Sundays; all in a stunning setting on the banks of the Murray River.

Each room has been lovingly restored to its former glory with all the modern facilities you need, including flat screen television and air-conditioning. Rooms are serviced daily.

Bathroom and toilet facilities are shared with towels and toiletries refreshed daily. Guests also have access to a communal breakfast room and outdoor balcony area.

Please note, bathroom facilities are shared and all accommodation is upstairs, with no lift access to the rooms.

Call 08 8569 1109 or book online

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Contact Details and Location

Located on the banks of the magnificent Murray River in the picturesque town of Mannum just over an hour from Adelaide.

Outside deck with fabulous views of the Murray River – a few minutes from the Mannum ferry.

Pretoria Hotel

50 Randell Street, Mannum SA, 5238
Phone: 08 8569 1109
Fax: 08 8569 2883

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