Our History

Dedicated to making your cruise along the Murray river memorable, we offer a wide range of cruising options across two traditional Paddlesteamers. Offering Australia’s most luxurious boutique inland river cruise aboard PS Emmylou, guests can now choose from 2 to 6 night cruises in brand new cabins with private ensuites.

Each vessel is unique and shows the dedication we have in providing an experience for our guests with all cruises short or long offering live historical commentary from the skipper. From a 1 hour river cruise, lunch or dinner cruise, we have something for everyone to enjoy.

In 1996, Murray River Paddlesteamers began their first cruises along the Murray River and has since expanded to include the PS Emmylou and the hundred year old PS Canberra. After twelve months of restoration during 2002-2003, Paddlesteamer Canberra is to date, the only known vessel along the Murray River to have been converted back to steam.

In March 2015 the business was purchased by brother’s Craig & Rohan Burgess together with local identity & Skipper Neil Hutchinson. The business continues to grow and expand on strong foundations which was acknowledged in July 2016 with the business winning Gold at the Regional Tourism Awards and Silver in the prestigious VTIC, Victorian Tourism Awards again in 2018. We are proud to continue the tradition of overnight cruising on Australia’s greatest waterway with our trademark level of country hospitality aboard an authentic paddlesteamer. We hope you can join us to connect you with Australia’s inland history, geography, culture and cuisine.