Emmylou, Upper Murray Explorer Cruise ex Echuca Return

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Date Port Arrive Depart
6 Dec 2021 Echuca, Victoria, Australia 02:30 PM
7 Dec 2021 Murray River, Australia
8 Dec 2021 Murray River, Australia
9 Dec 2021 Murray River, Australia
10 Dec 2021 Echuca, Victoria, Australia 09:30 AM
4 Night Murray River Cruise sailing from Echuca roundtrip aboard Emmylou.

Please note: Cruises departing 22 July 2021, 19 August 2021, 09 September 2021 and 07 October 2021 all depart on a Thursday not Monday as outlined below.

MONDAY
Departing Echuca downriver, enjoy a welcome afternoon tea with freshly made Australian scones, jam & cream with tea and coffee as you begin to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the river. Time to relax or take the opportunity to chat with the Engineer and Skipper in the wheelhouse about the rich history of the river and PS Emmylou.

As the sun starts to set over the river, time for an evening cocktail before your chef prepared welcome dinner. Listen to the river birds evening chorus, watch for kangaroos, wombats, egrets and many other species of birds as the stars begin to appear.

Tonight, we moor at the famous Perricoota Station. Rich in history, the property was first settled by James Maiden in 1843, and famous for starring in the TV movie “All the River Run” where PS Emmylou was renamed PS Providence.

TUESDAY
This morning we depart for our half-day onshore tour visiting Restdown Winery, producers of fine organic wines, and Hereford beef. Here you will enjoy a guided 1.4km wetlands walking trail of early Aboriginal significance with the owners followed by a gourmet lunch of local produce with complimentary wine tastings. This afternoon we continue cruising downstream arriving early evening at Torrumbarry Weir. Here you can take a walk across the weir and visit the Interpretive Centre learning about the Murray Darling Basin, the Weir and lock system which dates back to 1923. Tonight enjoy dinner overlooking the Weir and evening wildlife.

After dinner, it is movie night, with a special presentation of “Riverboats Remembered” a fabulous historical presentation about the riverboats of mid 1850’s along the Murray River.

WEDNESDAY
This morning we steam upstream towards Perricoota Station where we depart on a half-day excursion.

Enjoy a traditional Australian picnic lunch riverside before departing on your guided Eco Cruise, where you can get up close to Australian nature and wildlife. Nowhere else in the world can you experience such timeless, natural beauty and peace as when you are gliding through the World-Heritage listed Barmah Wetlands aboard the MV Kingfisher.

Arriving back at Perriccoota Station join a guided walking tour of the buildings and vast
gardens scattered with old date palms before PS Emmylou continues towards our overnight mooring at Deep Creek Marina.

THURSDAY
This morning PS Emmylou departs on a full day of cruising towards our Layfield Lane Mooring. Enjoy breakfast on the deck then relax with a good book or just take in the river views and wildlife as Emmylou steams her way upriver. Today your welcome to try your hand at steering the boat with the Skipper or learning how the 1906 steam engine works with the Engineer.

Tonight, you will enjoy our signature Grand Dining gourmet Australian BBQ. Enjoy sampling the delicious range of Pacdon Park UK small goods.

FRIDAY
Time for an early morning bush walk or relax over breakfast as we cruise back to Echuca arriving at 9.30am where we reluctantly say farewell .

PS Emmylou, the world’s only wood-fired cruising paddlesteamer reminds us of the romantic days of the paddlesteamers and is now an Australian Icon of the River. Built locally during 1980-82 in the style of the 19th century paddlesteamers, she is perfectly at home at the Port of Echuca, residing with the last few remaining paddlesteamers of the past. She is 30 metres long and 10 metres wide, steel hulled and timber decked. During 2018 PS Emmylou underwent a specially designed luxury upgrade and fit out. The new contemporary cabins and ensuites include fine linens topped with silky duvets, with the boats’ premier cabin, the Emmylou Suite located on the front Upper Deck, with French Doors opening to a deck and 180 degree views of the river. Guests can enjoy small boat boutique cruising at it’s finest with just 16 guests comfortably accommodated in 8 deluxe cabins.


Ship Profile & Stats
  • Maiden voyage: 1982
  • Refurbished: 2018
  • Length: 100 feet
  • Beam: 33.feet
  • Ship registration: Australia
  • Passenger capacity (dbl): 16
  • Crew nationality: Australian
  • Officer nationality: Australian
  • Dining nationality: Australian
Ship Facilities
  • Sun Decks
  • Dining Area
  • Bar
  • Galley
  • Front Lounge
The majestic PS Emmylou is one of the most recognisable and iconic Paddlesteamers in Australia, cruising the Murray River from Echuca, just 2.5 hours drive from Melbourne.

Named after the American country singer Emmylou Harris, PS Emmylou has been host to thousands of people, delighting even her namesake. PS Emmylou starred in the TV series All the Rivers Run in which she was renamed the PS Providence. Powered by a beautifully restored 1906 Marshall and Sons steam engine, Emmylou is now the only wood fired Paddlesteamer in the world offering regular scheduled accommodated river cruises.

The side wheel paddlesteamers are distinctly Australian having first plied the Murray river in 1853, they established a thriving industry which survived until rail and roads began to service the region near the turn of the century. By 1873 there were 240 boats trading along the Murray River. The inland prospered as trade and commence developed, and previously out of the way settlements were kept in touch with the cities. With the introduction of the railway, the paddlesteamers and their industrious crews progressively lost work until the riverboat industry was but a shadow of it’s illustrious past. The Murray River which includes the Darling and Murrumbidgee rivers is one of the longest river systems in the world. Although weirs have cut down the navigability of the river, the Murray alone still claims 2508 kilometres of meandering waters.

Main Deck

Upper Deck

Emmylou Suite
The boats premier accommodation and most spacious. This elegant suite provides a warm ambiance located on the Upper Deck at the front of the boat with French Door opening to the deck. Featuring a seating area, ensuite and plush queen bedding guests can relax with a drink and watch the river banks of the Upper Murray drift by.

Upper Deck Queen Cabin
Guests enjoying Upper Deck Cabins can now choose from Queen, Double & Twin Single Cabins all with private ensuites, with doors opening to the outside affording neighbouring guests the unique opportunity to enjoy a social atmosphere, swapping stories and forming lasting friendships with fellow travellers.

Upper Deck Double Cabin
Guests enjoying Upper Deck Cabins can now choose from Queen, Double & Twin Single Cabins all with private ensuites, with doors opening to the outside affording neighbouring guests the unique opportunity to enjoy a social atmosphere, swapping stories and forming lasting friendships with fellow travellers.

Upper Deck Twin Cabin
Guests enjoying Upper Deck Cabins can now choose from Queen, Double & Twin Single Cabins all with private ensuites, with doors opening to the outside affording neighbouring guests the unique opportunity to enjoy a social atmosphere, swapping stories and forming lasting friendships with fellow travellers.

Main Deck Queen Cabin
This private Cabin boasts a plush queen bed and private ensuite. The cabin is conveniently situated on the Main Deck with close proximity to the dining Saloon.