Emmylou, Murray River Escape Cruise ex Echuca Return

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Date Port Arrive Depart
2 Dec 2021 Echuca, Victoria, Australia 02:30 PM
3 Dec 2021 Murray River, Australia
4 Dec 2021 Echuca, Victoria, Australia 09:30 AM
2 Night Murray River Cruise sailing from Echuca roundtrip aboard Emmylou.

Leave the city behind for an unforgettable 2 night Murray River Escape Cruise. With just 8 couples aboard there is plenty of room to find your own space experiencing the river. Whether you’re cozying up in your individually air-conditioned cabin, taking a morning walk, relaxing with a drink from the Saloon Bar or sitting around the roaring riverside campfire, you will love the River!

Departures for the 2 Night Escape Cruise are Friday’s during Off Peak periods and Thursday’s during Peak Periods

Day 1 Friday
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 Philadelphia.

Day 2 Saturday
Early rises and keen photographers are sure to see the morning mist rolling along the river. After breakfast join the Skipper for a guided walking tour of Perricoota Stations buildings and vast gardens. Learn about the rich history of the property which was once the area’s largest sheep and fruit orchard.

Today enjoy a full day cruising the mighty Murray River. You are welcome to join the Skipper in the Wheelhouse to learn how to steer Emmylou along the winding river and chat with the Engineer about how the 1906 Steam Engine powers the boat along the river. Enjoy freshly made scones for morning tea followed by a delicious Winter lunch prepared by your chef.

Tonight, it is time to dress up a little and enjoy a traditional 3-course dinner with all the trimmings. Enjoy complimentary wines and beers. After dinner, it’s Movie Night, with a special presentation of ‘Riverboats Remembered’ a fabulous historical presentation about the riverboats of the mid 1850’s along the Murray River.

You are then welcome to join your fellow passengers around the roaring campfire to watch the stars appear in the stunning night sky before retiring for the evening.

Day 3 Sunday
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.