Australia's most luxurious boutique inland river cruise

PADDLESTEAMER Emmylou , the world’s only wood-fired cruising Paddlesteamer is now offering Australia's most luxurious boutique river cruises. Recently relaunched following a specially designed luxury upgrade and fit out, the Emmylou now offers an extended 3 – 4 night river cruise program taking in the most incredible sights of the Murray River.

Taking passengers for the first time through some of the most pristine and intact ecological forests, to places of geographic, historic and Aboriginal cultural significance, the PS Emmylou will travel along the world’s third longest navigable river, to world heritage wetlands, and the world’s largest red gum forest.

With only 9 cabins, and the Murray River as muse, this boutique steam-powered cruise, is able to moor alongside outstanding river wineries, drop in to local producers, pause to explore heritage sites such as the 1860s Perricoota Station, and access ancient Murray River tributaries on the MV Kingfisher with an environmental specialist.

The refitted contemporary cabins include fine linens topped with silky duvets, with the boats’ premier cabin, the Emmylou Suite located on the front Upper Deck, with French Doors opening to the deck and 180 degree views of the river.

Onboard dining, prepared by the Emmylou’s Chef, features local food and wine from across the Heathcote and Perricoota wine regions. Riverside campfires are offered in the evenings, with stunning night skies to complete this unique experience.

Fully Inclusive Cruises

  • MULTI-COURSE DINING PREPARED BY ONBOARD CHEF
  • SIGNATURE ONSHORE TOURS
  • OUR OWN DEDICATED COACHES & GUIDES
  • ESPRESSO COFFEE, TEA & BOTTLED WATER THROUGHOUT YOUR CRUISE
  • Wi-Fi INTERNET SERVICE
  • COUNTRY HOSPITALITY FROM A FRIENDLY AUSTRALIAN CREW

    Optional Extras

  • Melbourne Hotel Pre-Stay & Return Transfer Tour
  • Melbourne Return Only Transfer Tour
  • Pre Stay - PS [email protected] Botel

    Cruising aboard a traditional wood fired paddlesteamer engages your senses from the moment you board: smell the warm oil of the 1906 engine, feel the heat as the engineer stokes the boiler with Redgum logs, climb up to the wheelhouse to chat to the Skipper, or just sit and gaze at the changing reflections in the water. Let the lilting rhythm and swish of the paddlewheels, the nostalgic hooting of the steam whistle, and the distant song of the Currawongs and Kookaburras conjure up the leisurely pace of bygone days. Along the way you’ll enjoy magical sunsets through the towering Redgums and watch the moon rise to accompany the stars on a clear night.

    New Deluxe Cabins with Private Ensuites

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    Welcome to your home aboard Paddlesteamer Emmylou. We invite you to relax in a warm inviting atmosphere of mid 1800’s riverboat charm without sacrificing modern conveniences. Emmylou now features contemporary deluxe cabins with fine linens and plush new bedding which will ensure you are well rested to fully enjoy your time aboard with us.

    Emmylou Suite

    The boats premier accommodation and most spacious. This elegant suite provides a warm ambiance located on the Upper Deck at the front of the boat with French Door opening to the deck. Featuring a seating area, ensuite and plush queen bedding guests can relax with a drink and watch the river banks of the Upper Murray drift by.

    Upper Deck Cabins

    Guests enjoying Upper Deck Cabins can now choose from Queen, Double & Twin Single Cabins all with private ensuites, with doors opening to the outside affording neighbouring guests the unique opportunity to enjoy a social atmosphere, swapping stories and forming lasting friendships with fellow travellers.

    Main Deck Cabins

    Main Deck Cabins offer guests Twin Single Beds with a shared Bathroom situated just outside the cabins. From our Main Deck to the Emmylou Suite, PS Emmylou now has accommodation for a variety of lifestyles and budgets and features free Wifi throughout the boat and cabins.

    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 in your tour price and most dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notice.

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    Solo Standby Fares

    We encourage Single Travellers and also understand the extra cost involved can be an issue. That's why we are delighted to introduce our Solo Standby Fares. If you would like to travel in your own private cabin without paying the 50% supplement then sign up today. Once we have your details we will place you on our Standby List for any 1 to 4 Night Cruise. Just nominate your preferred cruise & cabin class (you can choose up to 4 cruises dates) and we will contact you approximately 3 weeks from departure dates. Guests will be contacted on a first come, first serve basis. Whilst Standby Fares do not guarantee you a cabin until confirmed, it is a great way to save and cruise.

  • No deposit required
  • No single supplement or surcharges, just pay Twin share rate
  • Cruise in your preferred cabin class
  • Full payment required upon confirmation

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    Included in your fare

  • Onboard Accommodation
  • Multi-Course Chef prepared meals
  • On Shore Tours - 2, 3 & 4 night cruises
  • Riverside grand dining under night skies - 2, 3 & 4 night cruises
  • Espresso Coffee, Tea & Bottled Water
  • All Gratuities

    Not included in your fare

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

    Melbourne Transfer Options

    Melbourne Pre Stay & Return Transfer Tour

  • 1 Night Cruise - Not Available
  • 2 & 3 Night Cruises - $790 per couple / $640 Solo Traveller
  • 4 Night Cruise - $720 per couple / $595 Single person (direct transfer only departing at 8.30am)

    We are delighted to be partnering with the Melbourne Hilton DoubleTree as our preferred Hotel Partner.

    Start your cruise experience in style with a stay in a Queen Guest Room the night before your cruise. In the morning enjoy a delicious full breakfast before departing for Mitchelton Winery just 90 minutes from Melbourne. Here you will enjoy complimentary wine tastings at the cellar door, entry to the Gallery of Aboriginal Art Collection and a 2 course lunch at Muse Restaurant. Your tour then departs for Echuca where you will have time to wander the Port of Echuca precinct shops before boarding PS Emmylou for your Murray River Cruise. Your return morning journey takes you via the historic City of Bendigo where you will visit the endearing Chancery Lane known for it's great coffee, food and art. The tour then continue to Melbourne with drop off points at Melbourne Airport or CBD Hotels.

    Package Inclusions

  • 1 night stay in a Queen Guest Room, Breakfast for 2 with 10.30am hotel departure
  • Lunch for 2 at Muse Restaurant, complimentary cellar door tastings, entry to Art Gallery
  • Return morning visit to Bendigo & Chancery Lane
  • Mercedes Benz Valente or Deluxe Coach return transfer to Melbourne Airport or CBD Hotel.

    Note: other guests joining the same cruise may also join this tour.

    Melbourne Return Transfer Only - $500 Per Couple / $400 Solo Traveller

    Departs Hilton DoubleTree at 10.30am on the day of your cruise and follows the same route as the Return Tour above. Does not include lunch at Mitchelton Hotel. Return afternoon drop off at Melbourne Airport or CBD Hotels. Note: Other guests on your cruise may join the transfer.

    Return VLine Train

  • $65pp Adult
  • $35pp Concession

    Note: Train maybe replaced with coach from Bendigo subject to timetable

    Pre-Stay - PS [email protected] Boatel

  • 2, 3 & 4 Night Cruises Only
  • Pre-Stay in assigned cruise cabin with boarding from 6pm only
  • Breakfast included at local Cafe or onboard
  • Guests are welcome to cruise aboard PS Emmylou on the day of their cruise departure at no extra cost

    Echuca Car Parking

    Secure undercover warehouse parking for cars, caravans and campervans is available for all passenger whilst cruising at $15 per day.

    Have a question, please call +613 5482 5244 or email us at [email protected]