PS Canberra is Echuca's original tourist boat

The PS Canberra 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 a 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 the Paddlesteamer 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 occassion

Become a Skipper on your next cruise. Yes everyone is invited to have a go steering our 100 year old Girl PS Canberra. If your very good you can even have a Toot Toot of the whistle and every child receives a specially signed certificate to prove it

PS Canberra generally operates 4 one hour cruises everyday of the year except Christmas Day in conjunction with Pride of the Murray. Check our home page "Weekly Cruise Schedule" for the current week.

You can now book & pay online your preferred cruise time and date. Your receipt is emailed to you and can be used as your boarding pass. Go to the Book Now Page and select Daily Cruises Tab.

Private Charters. PS Canberra hosts many Group events. Private Charters offer very reasonable rates which allow route, duration, meals and other services to be tailored to the groups preferences. For availability and a personalised quote please contact our office on +613 5482 5244 or email us at info@mrps.com.au