Murray River Paddlesteamers
Echuca, VIC
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Cruise Down the Mighty Murray River on a Boutique Paddlesteamer

Step back in time as you board the PS Emmylou and cruise down the mighty Murray River. Begin in the town of Echuca and journey with Murray River Paddlesteamers on the only wood-fired Paddlesteamer in the world offering regular river cruises. Embrace old-world charm on this luxurious boutique cruise, where you will learn all about the local area and explore wineries, wetlands and more. Choose from a two, three or four-night cruise with optional room upgrades. Featuring all-inclusive dining with chef-prepared meals, local winery lunches, guided wetlands Eco-cruise, two bottles of complimentary wine and much more.

Package Options


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2 Nights
MURRAY RIVER ADVENTURE
Upper Deck – Double Cabin - 2 Night
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for two people
  • Daily chef-prepared meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Daily morning and afternoon teas
  • Onshore tour visiting the World Heritage Listed Barmah Wetlands plus wine tasting with lunch at Morrisons Riverside Winery
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2 Nights
DELUXE ADVENTURE
Upper Deck – Queen Cabin - 2 Night
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for two people
  • Daily chef-prepared meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Daily morning and afternoon teas
  • Onshore tour visiting the World Heritage Listed Barmah Wetlands plus wine tasting with lunch at Morrisons Riverside Winery
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2 Nights
EMMYLOU ADVENTURE
Emmylou Suite - 2 Night
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for two people
  • Daily chef-prepared meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Daily morning and afternoon teas
  • Onshore tour visiting the World Heritage Listed Barmah Wetlands plus wine tasting with lunch at Morrisons Riverside Winery
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3 Nights
MURRAY RIVER ADVENTURE
Upper Deck – Double Cabin - 3 Night
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for two people
  • Daily chef-prepared meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Daily morning and afternoon teas
  • Onshore tour visiting the World Heritage Listed Barmah Wetlands with lunch at Morrisons Riverside Winery
Calendar
3 Nights
DELUXE ADVENTURE
Upper Deck – Queen Cabin - 3 Night
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for two people
  • Daily chef-prepared meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Daily morning and afternoon teas
  • Onshore tour visiting the World Heritage Listed Barmah Wetlands with lunch at Morrisons Riverside Winery
Calendar
3 Nights
EMMYLOU ADVENTURE
Emmylou Suite - 3 Night
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for two people
  • Daily chef-prepared meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Daily morning and afternoon teas
  • Onshore tour visiting the World Heritage Listed Barmah Wetlands with lunch at Morrisons Riverside Winery
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4 Nights
MURRAY RIVER ADVENTURE
Upper Deck – Double Cabin - 4 Night
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for two people
  • Two onshore tours
  • A visit to Restdown Winery with guided walk and gourmet lunch with wine tasting, plus a tour of the Toorumbarry Weir
  • A visit to the World Heritage Listed Barmah Wetlands plus wine tasting with lunch at Morrisons Riverside Winery
Calendar
4 Nights
DELUXE ADVENTURE
Upper Deck – Queen Cabin - 4 Night
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for two people
  • Two onshore tours
  • A visit to Restdown Winery with guided walk and gourmet lunch with wine tasting, plus a tour of the Toorumbarry Weir
  • A visit to the World Heritage Listed Barmah Wetlands plus wine tasting with lunch at Morrisons Riverside Winery
Calendar
4 Nights
EMMYLOU ADVENTURE
Emmylou Suite - 4 Night
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for two people
  • Two onshore tours
  • A visit to Restdown Winery with guided walk and gourmet lunch with wine tasting, plus a tour of the Toorumbarry Weir
  • A visit to the World Heritage Listed Barmah Wetlands plus wine tasting with lunch at Morrisons Riverside Winery

Leave the chaos of the city behind you and head to Echuca, a town in the north of Victoria home to rich local history and majestic paddlesteamers cruising down the mighty Murray River.

What You’ll Love…

The PS Emmylou – An iconic Australian Paddlesteamer

The majestic PS Emmylou is one of Australia’s most recognisable Paddlesteamers and the best way to experience the Murray River in all its glory. Named after the American country singer Emmylou Harris, the PS Emmylou has delighted thousands of guests with its old-world charm and beautifully restored interior.

You’ll fall in love with your cosy Upper Deck Double Cabin on the PS Emmylou with its comfortable furnishings and vintage flair. Featuring fine linens, private en suite and plush double bed, you’ll wake up every morning with amazing views of the Mighty Murray right next to your window.

Deluxe Upgrade: Choose an Upper Deck Queen Cabin and get a queen-sized bed so you can cosy up with your better half during your escape on the river.

Emmylou Upgrade: If you want an extra touch of luxury and space to stretch out in during your getaway, you must upgrade to the Emmylou Suite. With luxurious finishing touches and lots of extra space to relax in after a long day of exploring, you’ll feel right at home on the mighty Murray.

The Cruise – Journey along the Murray River, home to beautiful natural landscapes and rich local history

Explore one of the most beautiful parts of Australia in style during your Murray River getaway. Choose from a Two- Three- or Four-Night Cruise along the Upper Murray River, home to incredible flora and fauna as well as wineries, farmgates and more.

During your Two or Three-Night cruise, you will be able to explore the World Heritage Listed Barmah Wetlands on an Eco-cruise MV Kingfisher small boat with a knowledgeable local guide. This area is of deep significance to the Yorta Yorta people, and is a haven for bird, mammal and plant species. During your tour you will be able to learn about the animals who have made this area their home, as well as the legends surrounding this very special area.

A highlight of your cruise will be a stop at Morrisons Riverview Winery where you will enjoy a decadent two-course lunch with complimentary tastings overlooking the river. You’ll also be able to visit Pacdon Park, a free-range British Butchery where you can sample fine goods inspired by their homeland.

Getting back to nature is truly at the heart of this very special cruise, and if the weather permits you will be able to have a riverside campfire during your cruise. Basking in the warmth of the fire and looking up at a sky full of stars will make for a truly memorable adventure down the Murray River.

Three-Night Cruise Upgrade: Choose a Three-Night cruise and take in even more of this incredible region. You will be able to visit the Toorumbarry Weir where you will learn all about the Murray Darlin Basin, the Weir and lock system which dates back to 1923. You’ll also be able to learn more about the Perricoota region, with a presentation of local producers featuring the new Echuca Distillery.

Four-Night Cruise Upgrade: Discover even more of the amazing Murray River region when you upgrade to the Four-Night cruise. You will visit the Toorumbarry Weir where you will learn all about the Murray Darlin Basin, the Weir and lock system. From there you’ll head to Restdown Winery, producers of organic wine and Hereford beef. You’ll also enjoy a guided wetlands tour, an area of great importance to the local indigenous people, finishing with a gourmet lunch and wine tasting. You can also take in some local artisanal crafts with a visit to Womboota Artisan Pottery & Wines, makers of delicious wine and mead.

Your Package Includes:

  • One onshore tour on a Two- or Three-Night Cruise, two onshore tours on a Four-Night Cruise
  • Wine tastings and lunches at wineries
  • Chef-prepared meals and complimentary tea and coffee
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Two bottles of local Tisdall Henry’s Crossing wine
  • PS Emmylou souvenir shortbread
  • Two $20 Echuca Distillery Gin Experience vouchers
  • Complimentary car parking

Itinerary

Two-Night Upper Murray Cruise

Day 1 – Echuca – Horseshoe Lagoon

Departing Echuca up river past the imposing Echuca Wharf & Bridge dating back to 1878, you have time for a relaxing drink from the bar or a visit to the wheelhouse to see the Skipper as the sun starts to set over the river. Tonight, enjoy a chef prepared five-course dinner as PS Emmylou cruises under floodlight where you’re sure to see nocturnal wildlife on the riverbank. Watch for kangaroos, wombats, egrets, kookaburra’s and many other species of birds as the river banks glide by before Emmylou pulls into your overnight mooring a Horseshoe Lagoon.

Day 2 – Barmah

Wake to an early morning walk on the raised boardwalk overlooking the lagoon, home to native birds, plants and wildlife before breakfast. This morning you will depart on a half-day excursion travelling 30 minutes to the small town of Barmah. Enjoy a traditional Australian morning tea riverside before departing on your guided Eco Cruise, where you can get up close to Australian nature and wildlife. You will then visit one of the region’s top food producers, Pacdon Park, where you can sample their fine UK small goods and hear from the owners followed by lunch at Morrisons Riverview Winery where you will indulge in complimentary tastings of their fine wines followed by a two-course lunch. You will then re-board the PS Emmylou and commence cruising upstream. In the evening dine on a fabulous three-course dinner. Afterwards, sit around a roaring campfire and watch the stars appear in the stunning night sky before retiring for the evening.

Day 3 – Echuca

Time for an early morning bush walk or relax over breakfast as you cruise back to Echuca arriving at 9.30am where your journey comes to an end.

Three-Night Upper Murray Cruise

Day 1 – Echuca – Deep Creek Marina

Departing Echuca downriver, this afternoon a light lunch is served as you enjoy the sights and sounds of the river. After lunch there is 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. Time for an afternoon drink with complementary local cheeses before your chef-prepared three-course welcome dinner. Tonight, you will moor at Deep Creek Marina where you can go for a riverside walk or just experience life on the river.

Day 2 – Torrumbarry Weir – 5 Mile Reserve

This morning PS Emmylou continues its journey down river towards Torrumbarry Weir. Here you can visit the Interpretive Centre learning about the Murray Darling Basin, the Weir and lock system which dates back to 1923. Walk across the Weir where you’re sure to see pelicans doing some fishing and other wildlife starting their day on the river. This afternoon you can enjoy a presentation of fine local produce and wines from the Perricoota Region including tasting the range of the new Echuca Distillery, a boutique craft distillery of craft spirits, including gin, flavoured vodka and liqueurs. In the evening, dine on a chef-prepared three-course dinner as you cruise to your overnight bush mooring near 5 Mile Reserve where you can bask beside a riverside campfire subject to river conditions

Day 3 – Barmah

This morning PS Emmylou departs up river towards our Layfield Mooring. Here you will depart on a half-day excursion travelling 30 minutes to the small town of Barmah. Enjoy a traditional Australian morning tea riverside before departing on your Eco Cruise with an expert guide, where you can get up close to Australian nature and wildlife aboard the MV Kingfisher. You will then visit the award winning Morrisons Riverview Winery where you will indulge a two-course lunch overlooking the river with wine tastings. You will then re-join PS Emmylou where you can take a swim, try your luck fishing or relax for the afternoon. Tonight, you will dine on a Grand Dining gourmet Australian BBQ. Sample a delicious range of Pacdon Park UK small goods for entrée served by the owners before joining your fellow guests at the grand dining table. After dinner enjoy some star gazing sitting around the campfire before retiring for the evening.

Day 4 - Echuca

This morning before breakfast early rises can enjoy a riverside stroll before PS Emmylou then departs for the Port of Echuca where your river cruise will end.

Four-Night Upper Murray River Cruise

Day 1 – Echuca – One Tree Bend

Departing Echuca downriver, this afternoon a light lunch is served as you relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the river. After lunch there is time to unwind or take the opportunity to chat with the Engineer and Skipper in the wheelhouse about the rich history of the river and PS Emmylou. Tonight, you will moor at One Tree Bend bush mooring just as the pioneers of the river would have done in the mid-1800s. Time for an afternoon drink with complementary local cheeses before your chef-prepared three-course welcome dinner. Enjoy life on the river as PS Emmylou’s powerful floodlights light up the river banks and nocturnal wildlife begin to appear before you retire for the evening.

Day 2 – Torrumbarry Weir – Dead Horse Point

This morning early risers and keen photographers can capture the special morning light and wildlife around your bush mooring before you steam towards Torrumbarry Weir. Here you can visit the Interpretive Centre learning about the Murray Darling Basin, the Weir and lock system which dates back to 1923. You will then depart for a Providore & Producers half day tour visiting the working Arbuthnot Redgum Sawmills for a short tour before you arrive at Restdown Winery, producers of fine organic wines and Hereford beef. Here you will go for a guided wetland walking trail of early Aboriginal significance with the owners followed by a gourmet lunch platter of local produce with complementary wine tastings. You will then visit Womboota Artisan Pottery & Wines producing distinctive handcrafted pottery and a range of delicious meads. Your tour then re-joins PS Emmylou. Time to relax with a good book or board game before evening cocktails are served from the bar. Tonight, enjoy a chef-prepared three-course dinner as you cruise to your overnight bush mooring near Dead Horse Point where you can enjoy a riverside campfire subject to river conditions.

Day 3 - Barmah

This morning PS Emmylou departs up river towards your Layfield Mooring. Here you will depart on a half-day excursion travelling 30 minutes to the small town of Barmah. Enjoy a traditional Australian morning tea riverside before departing on your Eco Cruise with an expert guide, where you can get up close to Australian nature and wildlife aboard the MV Kingfisher. You will then visit the award winning Morrisons Riverview Winery where you will indulge in a two-course lunch overlooking the river with wine tastings. You will then re-join PS Emmylou where you can take a swim, try your luck fishing or relax for the afternoon. Tonight, you will dine on a Grand Dining gourmet Australian BBQ. Enjoy sampling the delicious range of Pacdon Park UK small goods for entrée served by the owners before joining your fellow guests at the grand dining table. After dinner do some star gazing sitting around the campfire before retiring for the evening.

Day 4 – Horseshoe Lagoon

This morning early rises can enjoy a bush walk before PS Emmylou departs up river for a final days cruising past the imposing Echuca Wharf where the Skipper will provide a historical commentary of Echuca’s rich history before cruising under the Echuca Bridge dating back to 1878. This afternoon join your fellow passengers for a presentation of fine local Produce & Wines from the Perricoota Region including tasting the range of the new Echuca Distillery, a boutique distillery of craft spirits, including gin, flavoured vodka and liqueurs. Tonight, dine on a delicious farewell four-course dinner as you cruise up river from Echuca towards your turning point at Shinbone Alley before mooring overnight at Horseshoe Lagoon.

Day 5 – Echuca

This morning before breakfast early rises can enjoy a stroll along the raised boardwalk above Horseshoe Lagoon, a natural wetland home to native birds, and animals. PS Emmylou then departs for the Port of Echuca where your cruise will come to an end.

Valid for travel for the following departure dates:

Two-Night Cruise

13 June 2019

18 July 2019

15 August 2019

12 September 2019

Three-Night Cruise

10 June 1019

17 June 2019

15 July 2019

29 July 2019

12 August 2019

26 August 2019

9 September 2019

Four-Night Cruise

22 July 2019

19 August 2019

2 September 2019

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Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity for all cabins is two adults. Extra guests, children and babies cannot be accommodated.

Minimum traveller age 15 years.

Connecting rooms are not available.

Boarding

PS Emmylou departs from River Boat Dock, Berth 4, Watson Street, Echuca and returns to this dock.

Two-Night Cruises depart 6pm

Three- and Four-Night Cruises depart at 12pm.

Boarding commences 30 minutes before departure where cruise staff will assist with baggage. If driving please park your car in Watson St. Once all baggage and guests are aboard staff will escort you to the secure car park.

Cruises arrive back in Echuca at 9:30am.

Please note: Cruise itineraries are samples only and are subject to change without notice.

Connecting rooms are not available.

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated). Menus are subject to change without notice.

Optional tours and services not included.

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