Experience Authentic River Cruising with PS Emmylou 

"We are delighted to be awarded Silver, Unique Accommodation in the 2017 Victorian Tourism Awards"

Let PS Emmylou treat you to an unforgettable river cruise along the Murray River for an authentic Australian river adventure. Experience the magic and majesty of the spectacular scenery of Australia's longest river and follow in the wake of early history when Echuca was Australia's largest inland port. Along the way, you’ll see a great variety of Australian wildlife, including Kangaroos, Koalas and many of the hundreds of bird species that inhabit the river.

3 Night Heritage Discovery Cruise

This unique 3 night river cruise steps guests back in time reconnecting them to Australian history, geography, culture and cuisine along Australia's longest and most famous river. Be one of the first guests to enjoy a 3 night totally authentic river cruise aboard PS Emmylou from September 2018. From the moment you step aboard and hear the steam whistle blow you will be totally relaxed. Enjoy riverside campfires, day & night cruising to see the river from a totally different perspective under Emmylou's powerful floodlights, travel on a half day excursion to world heritage sites for a small boat eco cruise, enjoy lunch at a riverside winery and a visit to the famous Perricoota Station where we moor overnight and enjoy dinner in the restored woodshed overlooking the River. First settled by James Maiden in 1843 to become a famous Merino Sheep & Fruit property, Perricoota Stationalso also featured in the Australian movie All the River Run where PS Emmylou starred as PS Providence

Paddlesteamer Emmylou

PS Emmylou is the only wood-fired paddlesteamer in the world offering regular multi night cruising. Emmylou provides sun decks and loungers, Redgums Restaurant and Bar on the Saloon Deck. Catering for just 18 guests in 9 cabins Emmylou exudes old-world charm whilst offering modern comforts. Emmylou is fuelled by local Redgum logs and is driven by a completely restored 1906 steam engine built to the highest world classification standards. She is now an Australian icon featuring on many Australian Tourism media promotions and is perfectly at home in the historical Port of Echuca, residing with the very few remaining paddlesteamers of the past.

Uniquely Australian Dining 

Dinning aboard PS Emmylou is an Australian epicurean affair that pleases the palate and warms the soul. Our onboard Chef takes full advantage of our rich and diverse bounty of fresh, local ingredients to fashion uniquely Australian dishes whilst our staff charm you with friendly local hospitality and attentive service. All meals are fully inclusive of your tour price and most dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notice.

New Heritage Cabins

Welcome to your home aboard Paddlesteamer Emmylou, named after the famous American Country singer Emmylou Harris. We invite you to relax in a warm, inviting atmosphere of mid 1800’s riverboat charm without sacrificing modern conveniences. From September 2018 Emmylou will feature new cabins with fine linens and plush new bedding which will ensure you are well rested to fully enjoy your time aboard with us.

Emmylou will now also feature her own Suite in the best location with sprawling views of the river. You will feel like “the King of the world” as you open your French doors and step out onto your veranda looking straight down the mighty Murray River. The Emmylou suite is the largest aboard with interior lounge seating and Sofa-bed which can accommodate a third guest. Guests enjoying Upper Deck Cabins will now be able to choose from double or twin cabins all with private ensuites, with doors opening to the outside upper deck affording neighbouring guests the unique opportunity to enjoy a social atmosphere, swapping stories and forming lasting friendships with fellow travellers. Our cosy Main Deck Cabins are also being refurbished and will now feature their own shared ensuite on the same deck. From our cosy Main Deck to the Emmylou Suite PS Emmylou now has accommodation for a variety of lifestyles and budgets and will feature free Wifi throughout the boat and cabins.

Be one of the very first passengers to experience the new cabins on a 3 night cruise. Bookings are now open for cruises from September 2018 onwards

Multi Day Cruise Prices 2018/19

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For 3 Night cruises, if you book and pay in full up to 90 days from cruise date you can enjoy a discount of 10% per person. Just book & pay in full online your preferred cruise date. Your 10% discount will be refunded to your credit card within 3 days. Phone bookings are also accepted.

Included in your fare

  • Onboard Accommodation
  • All meals freshly prepared onboard
  • Select Wines & Beers at Dinner
  • Bottled Water
  • Shore Excursions
  • Secure Car Parking
  • All Port Taxes & Fees
  • All Gratuities

    Not included in your fare

  • Drinks consumed onboard, excluding bottled water and drinks stated at Dinner
  • Travel Insurance
  • Transfers to & from Echuca unless pre purchased

    Pay just 30% deposit with balance due within 60 days of cruise date

    Have a question, please call +613 5482 5244 or email us at info@mrps.com.au

    Melbourne Transfer / Car Parking

    Train or Private transfer from Melbourne/Echuca return available on request. Complimentary secure car parking is available for all passengers. Note: Train maybe replaced with coach subject to timetable


    Early evening the PS Emmylou departs historic Echuca, the Paddlesteamer Capital of Australia and heads down river while you enjoy a welcome drink. As the sun starts to set over the river enjoy a fabulous 5 course dinner as we cruise under floodlight. Watch for the many species of birds and the nocturnal wildlife as they appear on the banks as we cruise to our overnight mooring at Dead Horse Point where we moor for the evening arriving late evening.


    After breakfast, we cruise to Deep Creek where we commence your half day excursion. We travel to Barmah where you can get up close to Australian culture with a visit to the Dharnya Indigenous Centre where you will learn about the significance of the river and Wetlands by local indigenous guides. We then enjoy an Australian morning tea before it is all aboard MV Kingfisher for a Wetlands Cruise with expert guide to share the secrets of the local flora and birdlife. Nowhere else in the world can you experience such timeless natural beauty and peace as when you are gliding through the World Heritage listed Barmah Wetlands.

    After your cruise, we visit Morrisons Winery overlooking the Murray River to enjoy a 2-course lunch with complimentary tastings. You have time for a walk through the vineyard or just relax with a glass of wine on the deck overlooking the Australian bush and river before we travel to the glorious Perricoota Station.

    The Station was first settled by James Maiden in 1843 to become a famous Merino Sheep & Fruit property. Free time this afternoon to explore the vast property and homestead before joining your fellow passengers for a fabulous dinner in the restored Woolshed overlooking the river before retiring to your cabin


    Before breakfast enjoy a nature walk along the riverbank and explore the beautiful gardens and homestead before we set sail for a full day’s cruise up river. Time to relax with that favorite book or visit the Skipper in the wheelhouse to try your hand steering the Emmylou, or just take in the natural beauty of the river, birds and wildlife. After a leisurely lunch, you are welcome to join in helping the Chef make some traditional Australian Damper which will be cooked in a camp oven in the boiler by the Engineer ready for afternoon tea with fresh local jams and cream. What could be more Australian!

    Early evening, we pull into our mooring at Layfield Lane. Here you can take a swim in the river, go bushwalking, try your luck fishing or relax with a pre-dinner drink. Tonight, enjoy an Australian BBQ and campfire with toasted marshmallows.


    After breakfast, we return this morning to the Port of Echuca arriving at 9.00am where we say farewell.