Experience Unique & 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 a truly Australian 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.

Step back in time and let Emmylou connect you to Australian history, geography, culture and cuisine. You will enjoy riverside campfires, BBQ's, winery visits, world heritage wetlands and cultural experience, all whilst enjoying the sights and sounds of Australia's most famous river, the Murray!

The PS Emmylou is the only wood-fired paddlesteamer in the world offering regular overnight cruising. Emmylou provides sun decks and loungers, Redgums Restaurant and Bar on the Saloon Deck and a relaxing private front lounge. 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

We are excited to announce that PS Emmylou Cabins are being refitted during Winter 2018 ready for Spring cruising.

Emmylou will feature 7 Cabins with either Double or Twin Beds with Private Ensuite Facilities, one of which will become the Emmylou Suite situated at the front of the boat on the Upper Deck. The Main Deck will retain 2 Twin Cabins with updated shared facilities on the same deck. Our new cabins are being designed to retain a heritage feel whilst offering plush new bedding and modern conveniences where guests can be well rested.

With more comfortable cabins we are delighted to be introducing a new and exciting 3 night cruise schedule which will take our guests to new parts of the river not visited before with unique excursion & dinning experiences that will create lifetime memories.

If your interested in being one of the first people to experience Emmylou's new cabins on a 3 night cruise please register your interest online below. We will keep you updated as we release cruise dates & itineraries in early 2018.

Keep Me Updated info@mrps.com.au

You could also be one of the very first passengers to experience the new cabins on a 1 or 2 night cruise. Bookings are now open for cruises from September 2018 onwards and if you book and pay in full up to 90 days from cruise date you can enjoy an Early Bird Special discount of 10%. Just book online your preferred cruise date paying your 30% deposit. The remaining balance less your 10% discount is then due with 48 hours.

All-inclusive prices start at

  • One Night Cruise $270pp
  • Two Night Cruise $545pp

    From September 2018
  • One Night Cruise $284pp
  • Two Night Cruise $572pp

    Accommodated Cruise Prices 2018/19

    Included in your fare

  • Onboard Accommodation
  • All meals freshly prepared onboard
  • Bottled Water
  • Shore Excursion, 2 night cruise
  • Secure Car Parking
  • All Port Taxes & Fees
  • All Gratuities

    Not included in your fare

  • Drinks consumed onboard, excluding bottled water
  • Travel Insurance
  • Transfers to & from Echuca unless pre purchased

    Train option from Melbourne. Relax on a 3 hour journey by adding this option when buying online or call our office. Return Off-Peak Ticket - $59.50pp Full Fare, $32.00 Concession Fare

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

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

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  • One Night Heritage Experience Cruise

    Highlights

  • Chef prepared 3 course dinner under the stars at Redgums on Emmylou
  • After dinner riverside campfire (subject to weather conditions)
  • Fully cooked or continental breakfast
  • Enjoy fresh seasonal local produce
  • Sample a variety of locally produced wines
  • See and hear the native wildlife in their natural environment in the evening and morning
  • Learn to steer a paddlesteamer with the skipper
  • Small groups ensures personal service
  • Step back in time on this heritage tour with expert Skipper commentary
  • Air Conditioned Cabins

    Saturday

    Departing at 6.30pm from the Port of Echuca 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.

    Listen to the river birds evening chorus, watch for kangaroos, wombats, egrets and many other species of birds as the stars begin to appear while you enjoy your chef prepared 3 course dinner. PS Emmylou powerful floodlights then light the banks of the river as nocturnal wildlife begin to appear

    After turning we continue downstream back under the Echuca/Moama Bridge where we pass the imposing Echuca Wharf lit up for the evening and other Paddlesteamers moored after their day on the river. After our dinner guests disembark we cruise 12km along the river passing Morrisons Winery & Restaurant, a great lunch spot before pulling into our mooring for the evening at Layfield Lane.

    Here we set up a campfire (subject to weather) under the stars where you can enjoy a good yarn with your fellow passengers. Relax with a beverage from the bar or roast marshmallows before retiring for the evening at your leisure.

    Sunday

    Wake to an early morning bush walk or relax over breakfast as we cruise back to Echuca arriving at 9.00am where we reluctantly say farewell

  • Two Night Heritage Wine & Nature Cruise

    Highlights

  • Chef prepared all inclusive meals under the stars at Redgums on Emmylou
  • Delicious morning & afternoon teas
  • After dinner riverside campfires (subject to weather conditions)
  • Visit the World Heritage Listed Barmah Forest & Wetlands with a 1.5hr cruise aboard MV Kingfish with expert local guide
  • Get up close to Australian culture with a visit to the Dharnya Indigenous Centre with local expert guide
  • Visit Cape Horn Vineyard, one of the Murray River's most scenic wineries
  • Visit the cellar door for complimentary tastings with the owners before enjoying lunch on the lawns overlooking the River
  • Visit the Echuca Historical Society Museum for a guided tour
  • Enjoy fresh seasonal local produce
  • Sample a variety of locally produced wines
  • See and hear the native wildlife in their natural environment in the evening and morning
  • Learn to steer a paddlesteamer with the skipper
  • Small groups ensures personal service
  • Step back in time on a history tour with Skipper Commentary
  • Air Conditioned Cabins

    Wednesday/Sunday*

    Departing at 6.30pm PS Emmylou farewells the Paddlesteamer Capital of Australia and heads upstream while you enjoy our chef prepared dinner. As we cruise under floodlight to our overnight mooring at Flemings Bend, you are sure to see nocturnal wildlife on the riverbank. Watch for kangaroos, wombats, egrets and many other species of birds. After dinner enjoy a drink around the riverside campfire (subject to weather conditions) with your fellow passengers and maybe a song before retiring.

    Thursday/Monday*

    This morning we cruise to the historical Moama wharf where you will enjoy breakfast right on the river overlooking Horseshoe Lagoon. Here we commence your 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. After the visit, we then enjoy an Australian morning tea on the banks of the river at the beginning of the narrows.

    It is then all board 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.

    This afternoon we visit the award-winning Cape Horn Winery overlooking the Murray River. After lunch and complimentary tastings with the owners you have time for a walk through the vineyard or just relax with a glass of wine on the lawn overlooking the Murray River. We then visit the Echuca Historical Society Museum for a guided tour before re boarding PS Emmylou.

    Back onboard we cruise downstream in the afternoon sun before pulling into our evening mooring at Layfield Lane. Here you can take a swim in the river, go bushwalking or relax with a pre-dinner drink. Tonight, enjoy an Australian BBQ and campfire.

    Friday/Tuesday*

    Wake to an early morning bush walk or just relax over breakfast as we cruise back to Echuca where we reluctantly say farewell arriving at 9.00am at Dock.

    *From April 2018

  • 2 Night Discover the Murray River & Retreat Package

    Stay 1 night at Talo Retreat before your 1 night cruise adventure aboard PS Emmylou.

    Experience the wonders of the Murray river from the banks nestled amongst the natural bushland of Talo Retreat. Relax in the tranquility of this natural bush setting staying in your own private Yurt. Glamping – ‘glamorous camping’offers guest an opportunity to experience nature without compromise on the creature comforts of a hotel room. Each Yurt offers pillow top mattress on queen beds, kitchenette, evaporative cooling and electric log fire heaters, BBQ, hammock, private outdoor spa bath and en-suite bathroom off the balcony. Enjoy the magical star gazing from your outdoor spa bath or under the glass dome in the ceiling of each Yurt. Situated only 100m from the bank of the Murray River guests can enjoy relaxing around a camp fire or explore the area by canoe or bike. Talo Retreat offers a magical and unique opportunity to experience the natural beauty of this amazing region. Additional nights optional.

  • $440pp Twin Share

    From September 2018 $490pp

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    2 Night Cruise Itinerary
  • 4 Night Discover the Murray River & Retreat Package

    Stay 2 nights at Talo Retreat before (until April 2018) or after your 2 night cruise adventure aboard PS Emmylou.

    Experience the wonders of the Murray river from the banks nestled amongst the natural bushland of Talo Retreat. Relax in the tranquility of this natural bush setting staying in your own private Yurt. Glamping – ‘glamorous camping’offers guest an opportunity to experience nature without compromise on the creature comforts of a hotel room. Each Yurt offers pillow top mattress on queen beds, kitchenette, evaporative cooling and electric log fire heaters, BBQ, hammock, private outdoor spa bath and en-suite bathroom off the balcony. Enjoy the magical star gazing from your outdoor spa bath or under the glass dome in the ceiling of each Yurt. Situated only 100m from the bank of the Murray River guests can enjoy relaxing around a camp fire or explore the area by canoe or bike. Talo Retreat offers a magical and unique opportunity to experience the natural beauty of this amazing region. Additional nights optional.

  • $815pp Twin Share

    From September 2018 $915pp

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    4 Night Cruise Itinerary
  • Reviews

    Great Murray River experience


    My husband & I recently shared a great two night experience on PS Emmylou. Being our first visit to this area we wanted to see as much possible. Murray River Paddlesteamers made sure of this with the bonus of a visit to the Dharnya Indigineous Centre for a cultural experience, a cruise on the Kingfisher through the world heritage Barmah wetlands with excellent commentary & a bonus of a visit to a vineyard on the Murray where we enjoyed woodfired pizzas in the beautiful grounds of Cape Horn.


    The Emmylou experience was one we will always remember, thanks to Rowen & his wonderful friendly team, right from my first contact with Kathy in the office down to "Dan the man" in the steam-room (& best the best evening campfires ). The operating team on board were amazing, providing friendly service at all times. The food & service was excellent with Chef Kerry serving up amazing meals & Jo looking after us with food & drinks. Captain James was at the Helm & made sure we saw the best of the Murray. As a bonus the passengers were excellent company - it's amazing how in only 2 days we were like a big happy family by the end of the cruise.


    Visited March 2017