2ND PERSON HALF PRICE OFFER
Discover the upper Murray river with this special offer on selected 2020 cruise departures. Be quick to reserve your cabin with just 30% deposit by calling us today. New bookings only, offer ends 15th December 2019.
4 Night Cruise Departures
Revisit the romance of Australia's Paddlesteamers
Enjoy the spectacular scenery of Australia's longest river, The Murray, aboard the world's only cruising wood-fired paddlesteamer and Australia's most luxurious boutique river cruise. PS Emmylou will step you back to the romantic days of Australia's Paddlesteamers. The side-wheel paddlesteamers are distinctly Australian having first plied the Murray river in 1853, establishing a thriving industry which survived until rail and roads began to service the region near the turn of the century. Whether your a nature lover, a budding historian or culture enthusiast, a leisurely journey on PS Emmylou will delve you into the beauty and pioneering history of the Murray River.
On our premier 4 night tour guests will enjoy leisurely cruising 180km's of the winding upper Murray river. Cruising aboard a traditional wood fired paddlesteamer engages your senses from the moment you board: feel the warmth of the 1906 steam engine as the engineer stokes the boiler with Redgum logs, climb up to the wheelhouse to chat to the Skipper, or just sit and gaze at the changing reflections in the water and listen to the lilting rhythm and swish of the paddlewheels as PS Emmylou takes you back to a bygone era of romantic travel.
During this cruise step off the vessel to experience tours highlighting places of geographical, historical and Aboriginal cultural significance as well as some quaint riverside wineries. Visit the Toorumbarry Weir to learn about the basin and lock system and tour the historic Perricoota Station, first built in 1843 and Arbuthnot Red Gum Sawmill for an insight into the history of the area. Tour Restdown Winery, an organic wine producer and enjoy a local lunch with the owners. Stretch your legs on a wetlands walk to learn of the Aboriginal heritage of this land and embark on a small boat eco cruise through the UNESCO World Heritage listed Barmah Forest in search of local flora and birdlife in the world’s longest strand of Red River Gum. With evenings spent on the river bank around a campfire and under a beautiful night sky, this journey is sure to be a highlight of your holiday.
New Deluxe Cabins with Private Ensuites
Welcome to your home aboard Paddlesteamer Emmylou. We invite you to relax in a warm inviting atmosphere of mid 1800’s riverboat charm without sacrificing modern conveniences. Emmylou now features contemporary deluxe cabins with fine linens and plush new bedding which will ensure you are well rested to fully enjoy your time aboard with us. From 2020 Main Deck Twin Cabins with shared bathroom will be converted to one Queen Cabin with Ensuite
Travel Writer, Chloe Cann recently cruised with us on a 4 night cruise, read about her experience in the UK Telegraph
Enjoy 2 Signature Onshore Tours
Tour 1Visit 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 complementary wine tastings. We then visit Arbuthnot Redgum Sawmill dating back to 1889 for a short tour of the redgum mill before arriving at Torrumbarry Weir and PS Emmylou. 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.
Tour 2Join the Skipper for a guided walking tour of the gardens and buildings of Perricoota Station before departing on a half day excursion travelling 30 minutes to the small town of Barmah. 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 Wetlands aboard the MV Kingfisher. You will understand why they have been named “Wetlands of International Importance” as you slip quietly across the water in the dappled shade of towering gums of the world’s largest single stand of River Red Gum.
Melbourne Hotel & Transfer Options
Melbourne Pre Stay & Return Transfer - $850 per couple / $750 Solo Traveller
We are delighted to be partnering with the Pan Pacific Hotels as our preferred Hotel partner. We now offer preferred rates at the luxurious five-star Pan Pacific Melbourne, located near Melbourne’s vibrant South Wharf district & Park Royal Melbourne Airport, directly connected to Melbourne domestic and international terminals. Note weekday nights at Park Royal are $930 per couple & $830 Solo Traveler
Start your cruise experience in style with a stay in one of the above Hotels the night before your cruise. In the morning enjoy a delicious full breakfast before departing for Echuca with a stop in the small town of Nagambie before arriving in Echuca to board PS Emmylou. Your return journey takes you via the historic City of Bendigo where you will visit the endearing Chancery Lane known for it's great coffee, food and art. Drop of points are Bendigo or Melbourne Airport's and CBD Hotel's.
Please note other guests on your cruise may join this transfer.
Melbourne Return Transfer Only - $600 Per Couple / $500 Solo Traveller
Departs Pan Pacific Hotel - South Wharf at 8.00am & Park Royal Hotel Melbourne Airport at 8.30am on the morning of your cruise. Please note pick ups from Melbourne Airport are only available if staying at the Park Royal Hotel. Please note other guests on your cruise may join this transfer.
Bendigo Transfer Options
Bendigo Airport & Hotels Return Transfer - $400 Per Couple / $300 Solo Traveller
Transfer from Bendigo are available from any Hotel on the morning of your cruise departing from 10.30am. Return drop off to Bendigo Airport or Hotels.
Melbourne Return Train Options
Note: Train maybe replaced with coach from Bendigo to Echuca subject to timetable. Please contact our Passenger Services team.
Echuca Car Parking
Secure undercover warehouse parking for cars, caravans and campervans is available for all passenger whilst cruising at $20 per day.
Pricing & Payment Terms
30% deposit with balance due within 60 days of cruise date
For travel between 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2020
Departure Time 12 noon
For travel between 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021
New Departure Time - Now 2.30pm
Seeing the Murray River from the EmmyLou is an absolute must do. What an amazing way to experience the majestic river from a different point of view. As someone who grew up living on the banks of the river i never knew i could fall more in love with its beauty but when you see it from the EmmyLou its hard not to fall completely head over heels. Her unique look and sound only adds to the experience, she's won my heart as well! If i ever have the opportunity to board again i will be there. The 4 night cruise was well planned, not too busy, not too slow and was just as relaxing as the journey. Staff are amazing, the food was delicious and the accommodation was just the right amount of comfortable cosy-ness!
Allason, Visited August 2019