Introducing PS Australian Star
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Embark on a journey into a new era of river cruising with the PS Australian Star—a vessel that not only bears a name steeped in heritage and pride but also represents the pinnacle of luxury on the iconic Murray River.
Scheduled for a grand launch in June 2025, the PS Australian Star will redefine river cruising, offering year-round, all-inclusive, overnight experiences with 3, 4, and 7-night itineraries along the majestic Murray River, commencing from the charming town of Echuca in Victoria. Seamlessly taking over the reins of the beloved PS Emmylou, the Australian Star will assume the helm of the existing cruise itineraries, promising a voyage that seamlessly blends tradition with opulence.
As you step onto the decks of the PS Australian Star, you enter a realm where every detail tells a tale of the river’s rich heritage and the golden age of paddle steamers. The vessel itself is a masterpiece, a floating testament to the artistry and engineering that defined an era. Immerse yourself in the symphony of steam from the authentic 1907 wood-fired steam engine and the rhythmic churning of the paddlewheel as we embark on a leisurely voyage along the winding waters of the Murray River.
Named in honour of Australia’s celestial Southern Cross, the Australian Star invites you to explore its opulent interiors, where each cabin and lounge exudes an air of refinement. From the Hopwood Lounge & Bar, celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit of Echuca’s founder, to the Randell Dining Room, paying homage to the pioneering journey of William Randell, every space aboard is a chapter in a captivating narrative that unfolds with every river bend.
Boasting 19 plush and modern staterooms, each opening to a deck and featuring an ensuite, air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi, luxury linen, and a TV entertainment system, the Australian Star ensures a luxurious retreat for every traveler. Moreover, its ever-changing river views provide a constant reminder of the beauty that surrounds.
As the PS Australian Star prepares to grace the waters, it beckons you to join a voyage where tradition meets modernity, and luxury becomes an art form. Welcome aboard the PS Australian Star, where history and luxury converge for an unforgettable riverine experience.
- Australian Star is being built in a specially designed facility beside the Murray River in Mildura and, after her launch in June 2025, will offer year-round, all-inclusive, overnight 3, 4 and 7 night cruises on the Murray River from Echuca in Victoria.
- PS Australian Star will gracefully assume the helm, seamlessly taking over the reins of the existing 3, 4, and 7-night cruise itineraries that were previously operated by the iconic PS Emmylou. The vessel will be Australia’s first five-star river cruise product, the largest paddlesteamer in the Southern Hemisphere and the only wood-fired, five-star, accommodated paddlesteamer in the world.
- Fusing heritage charm with contemporary elegance and luxury, the 35m-long Australian Star will boast a deluxe and contemporary lounge offering sweeping river vistas, a fine-dining restaurant, multiple outdoor relaxation areas, the company’s first elevator for easy access to all levels, and 19 plush and modern staterooms, all opening to a deck and offering an ensuite, air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi, luxury linen and a TV entertainment system as well as ever-changing river views.
- Australian Star will sport a modern, energy-efficient, hybrid diesel/steam propulsion system featuring a vintage, refurbished 1907 Richard Garrett and Sons wood-fired steam engine, adding a touch of nostalgia and authenticity to the journey.
- 1 King Owners Suite with private balcony
- 1 Queen Owners Suite with private balcony
- 17 Queen Cabins all private ensuites (beds can be split into two single beds)
- Passengers lift to all accommodation
- Hopwood Lounge & Bar opening to outdoor seating offering panoramic views of the ever-changing scenery.
- Randell dining restaurant with a fresh menu every day showcasing fresh and delicious local produce and cuisine
Your River Stateroom
Embark on a luxurious river cruising experience aboard the PS Australian Star, featuring our contemporary and sophisticated River Staterooms. Immerse yourself in the serenity of the surroundings and captivating river views, all enjoyed from the opulence of your private accommodation.
Choose from our 19 River Staterooms, each presenting a variety of styles, from the lavish King and Queen Suites to the spacious Queen Staterooms, where the queen bed can be transformed into two single beds. Every room opens onto a deck, with the King & Queen Suites boasting their own private veranda. Entertainment is at your fingertips with a TV system in each room.
Ensure a comfortable journey with individually controlled air-conditioning in every room, and stay seamlessly connected with complimentary WIFI available throughout the boat, including all rooms.
The PS Australian Star boasts outstanding facilities and amenities, featuring a passenger lift for convenient access to all accommodations. Unwind in the Hopwood Lounge and outdoor seating area, offering panoramic views of the ever-changing scenery. Indulge in delectable, locally sourced cuisine at the Randell dining restaurant, with a fresh menu presented daily.
Prices & Inclusions
- Complimentary return V/Line train fare from Melbourne. More info.
- Luxury air-conditioned Stateroom or Suite with private ensuite
- All onboard meals including morning and afternoon teas
- Regionally-inspired meals prepared by onboard chef
- Limited edition Complimentary gift
- Complimentary selected wine & beer with dinner service
- Uniquely crafted onshore guided tours
- Complimentary transfer to/from PS Australian Star in Echuca
- Espresso coffee, tea, soft drink & bottled water
- Complimentary WIFI throughout the ship and in your Stateroom