In 1996, Murray River Paddlesteamers began their first cruises along the Murray River with the Pride of the Murray. The company has since expanded to include the PS Emmylou and the hundred year old PS Canberra. After twelve months of restoration during 2002-2003, Paddle Steamer Canberra is to date, the only known vessel along the Murray River to have been converted back to steam.
In March 2015 the business was purchased by brother's Craig & Rohan Burgess together with local identity & Skipper Neil Hutchinson from it's long term owner Vern Beasley. The business continues to grow and expand on strong foundations which was acknowledged in July 2016 with the business winning Gold at the Regional Tourism Awards. In November 2016 the business was also awarded Silver in the prestigious VTIC, Victorian Tourism Awards.
Dedicated to making a cruise along the Murray memorable, Murray River Paddlesteamers offer a wide range of cruising options including short cruises, dining cruises, functions, weddings and entertainment cruises as well as accommodated cruises.
Each vessel is unique and shows the dedication that MRPS has in building an experience for our guests with all cruises short or long offering live historical commentary from the skipper. With great passion and a commitment to preservation and presentation, MRPS has set unprecedented goals that continue to improve the guests experience when visiting the Echuca/Moama region.
Our Purpose & Mission
To create memorable experiences for our guests whilst inspiring an understanding of the significance of the river boat trade in Echuca to the National story
Service We will ensure that every guest's experience is memorable, and that their needs and safety are at the forefront in our decision making
Respect We will respect the rights, dignity and integrity of our staff and guests free from any discrimination in what we say or do to others
Safety We will maintain a safe and healthy workplace for all our staff and guests at all times
Integrity We will act with honesty and adhere to the highest standards of moral and ethical values and principals through our personal and professional behaviour
Responsibility We will be a partner in the development of our region and be a socially and environmently responsible business. We will take responsibility for our actions and ensure our decision making is objective, consistent and complies with policy and legislation
Sustainability We will strive for excellence in our sustainability practices and are committed to transparency in our approach