Our Fleet

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PS Emmylou

The majestic PS Emmylou is one of the most recognisable and iconic Paddlesteamers in Australia, cruising the Murray River from Echuca, just 2.5 hours drive from Melbourne.

Named after the American country singer Emmylou Harris, PS Emmylou has been host to thousands of people, delighting even her namesake. PS Emmylou starred in the TV series All the Rivers Run in which she was renamed the PS Providence. Powered by a beautifully restored 1906 Marshall and Sons steam engine, Emmylou is now the only wood fired Paddlesteamer in the world offering regular scheduled accommodated river cruises.

Emmylou was recently relaunched as Australia’s most luxurious boutique inland river cruise after her cabins were refitted to a luxury standard with ensuites, including the new Emmylou Suite. Step back in time and let Emmylou connect you to Australian history, geography, culture and cuisine. 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.

Emmylou is available for weekend sightseeing, lunch and dinner cruises and is also used for weddings, corporate functions and private events subject to availability. We suggest you contact us 6 months in advance of your preferred date.

Overnight Cruises

Emmylou departs year-round for 1, 3, 4 & 6-night river cruises departing and returning from the Port of Echuca. With just 8 cabins and 16 passengers, you can be sure of excellent attention and service from our friendly and professional crew. All accommodated cruises are fully inclusive of all meals and onshore tours. For more information regarding these unique Australian river cruises see psemmyloucruises.com  or contact us today at info@mrps.com.au

You can also call us 7 days a week on 03 5482 5244 to discuss you next cruises. 

PS Emmylou engine

PS Canberra

The PS Canberra, now 110 year old is the oldest river boat in the Murray River Paddlesteamer fleet. Having celebrated her century in August 2013, the PS Canberra has been taking tourists on cruises along the Murray, Darling and Murrumbidgee rivers since 1944. Following her purchase in 2001, the Canberra underwent a 9-month restoration during 2002-2003 and was returned to being steam-powered once again. This was an unprecedented return for the Canberra as no known boat has ever been restored from diesel back to a steamer. With 100 years of working life under her hull and having carried hundreds of thousands of people, the PS Canberra is one of the most travelled boats on the Murray River. She is a golden girl of her era and a joy to experience.

All children have the opportunity to steer the paddlesteamer and receive a Free Skippers Certificate. 

Features of PS Canberra

  • Unique 360 degree viewing area above the engine
  • Fully enclosed and open areas (perfect for group gatherings)
  • Wide viewing windows to see the paddlewheels
  • Captain’s commentary of the historic Port and its unique paddleboat fleet
  • All children have the opportunity to steer the paddlesteamer and receive a Free Skippers Certificate
  • Kiosk on board
  • Fully licensed bar
  • Nespresso Coffee
  • Toilet facilities
  • Easy access on and off the vessel
  • Special events and entertainment on occasion


Become a Skipper on your next cruise, all children can steer the paddlesteamer with the Skipper and receive a specially signed Skipper Certificate.


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Canberra Engine
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MV Murray Explorer

Murray Explorer is the newest addition to our fleet. This purpose-built fast-moving touring vessel is perfect for groups looking for a different experience along the river. Capable of visiting the Goulburn River where is enters the Murray River a cruise on this vessel is sure to delight. call us to explore the many options available. Available for private functions, custom tours, short or long tours, business events.

Features of Murray Explorer

  • 48 Seat vessel fully enclosed 
  • Ergonomic seating
  • Wide viewing windows 
  • Captain’s commentary of the historic Port and its unique paddleboat fleet
  • Kiosk on board
  • Licensed limited Bar
  • Coffee & Tea
  • Toilet facilities
  • Easy access on and off the vessel


Murray Explorer