Experience authentic cruising on the Murray River with PS Emmylou 

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 the Murray River and follow 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 and many of the hundreds of bird species that inhabit the river. Highlights of a Emmylou 1 & 2 night cruise include riverside campfires & BBQ's, a visit to a vineyard and wine tasting, world heritage wetlands and cultural experience day excursion, whilst enjoying the sights and sounds of the river aboard a steam fired Paddlesteamer.

PS Emmylou provides sun decks and loungers, Redgums Restaurant and Bar on the saloon deck and a relaxing private front lounge. The PS Emmylou is the only wood-fired paddlesteamer in the world offering regular overnight cruising. Catering for just 18 guests in 9 cabins Emmylou exudes old-world charm whilst offering modern comforts. Emmylou is fuelled by 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.

Dining 

Dining aboard Emmylou is included in your price. Enjoy delicious la carte menus prepared by your onboard Chef. In the mornings you can can enjoy a fully cooked or continental breakfast with fresh juices and barista made coffee, the choice is yours and don't forget to try our freshly made scones with jam and cream for morning and afternoon tea. Special Diet? Most dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notice.

Parking in Echuca 

Complimentary secure car parking is available

What is not included

Cruise fares exclude drinks which are charged at the end our your cruise.

All-inclusive prices start at

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

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

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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
  • 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

    After boarding we depart the Port of Echuca where you have time for a relaxing drink from the bar or a visit to the wheelhouse to see the Skipper.

    Dinner is served as we cruise upstream away from the Port of Echuca before turning at Horse Shoe Bend. Enjoy the sunset, listen to the river birds evening chorus, then linger over your dessert and coffee to watch the stars appear.

    We continue downstream back under the Echuca/Moama Bridge where we pass the imposing Echuca Wharf and other Paddlesteamers moored after their day on the river. We cruise 12km along the river passing Morrisons Winery & Restaurant, which is 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 where we reluctantly say farewell

  • Two Night Heritage Wine & Nature Cruise

    Highlights

  • Chef prepared meals under the stars at Redgums on Emmylou
  • Delicious morning & afternoon teas
  • After dinner riverside campfires
  • Visit the World Heritage Listed Barmah Forest & Wetlands 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
  • Tour the vineyard and visit the cellar door for tastings before enjoying lunch on the lawns overlooking the River
  • 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

    Early evening the PS Emmylou departs historic Echuca, 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 with your fellow passengers and maybe a song before retiring.

    Thursday

    After breakfast, we cruise to Moama Wharf where you 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 be welcomed with a traditional smoking ceremony together with a tour of the centre by local indigenous guides.

    Then all aboard for a Kingfisher wetlands cruise with an 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.

    In the afternoon, we visit the award-winning Cape Horn Winery overlooking the Murray River. After lunch and complimentary tastings with the owners, you have time to relax with a walk through the vineyard or just relax with a glass of wine on the lawn.

    Back onboard we now 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 a riverside BBQ beside the campfire.

    Friday

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

  • 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.

  • $460pp Twin Share

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

    Stay 2 nights at Talo Retreat before 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

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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