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Enjoy local travel with Murray River Cruises

September 27, 2020
Murray River Cruising
There are 3 types of overnight cruises, each a unique and wonderful experience. From the Paddle Steamer Emmylou in Echuca to the intimate Proud Mary, or the majestic Murray Princess.
The Murray River is one of Australia’s greatest waterways, in fact it is the third longest in the world after the Amazon and Nile river. The river meanders through 5 different landscapes from mountains, steep banks and river gum forests, the out back and mallee to the red and golden limestone cliffs and plains along the lower Murray River until it finally reaches the lakes and mouth of the river into the ocean.

The Murray Princess is the largest inland paddle wheeler in the southern hemisphere. Built specifically for the Murray River, it has all the character and charm of yesteryear. The vessel has 60 cabins and staterooms, which can accommodate up to 120 passengers. Each features an ensuite and comes with electric blankets, soap, shampoo, hairdryers, towels and daily servicing. The PS Murray Princess offers three, four and seven-night tours along the iconic river system, each departing from the idyllic town of Mannum, located in the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong region.

The Proud Mary features 18 river view cabins, each with en suites and access to outdoor balcony areas. Suites are configured with either a double or twin beds and include air-conditioning units, tea and coffee making facilities, hair dryers and daily servicing. The intimate lounge and dining areas, spacious open decks and the wheelhouse is open to all passengers at any time. Bikes and canoes are also available for passengers free of charge. The Proud Mary offers two-night and five-night cruises, as well as two-hour lunches on Mondays and Fridays. All tours depart from Murray Bridge, in the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong region.

The Paddle Steamer Emmylou is the world’s only wood-fired cruising paddle steamer offering regular scheduled accommodated river cruises. PS Emmylou offers two to six-night boutique tours along the picturesque Murray River. It departs from the Upper Murray regional town of Echuca, which is located about two-and-a-half hours north of Melbourne. Guests are treated to luxury cabins with private ensuites, while each cruise includes all meals and onshore tours. The steamer, powered by a restored Marshall and Sons engine, has just eight rooms, accommodating a maximum of 16 people.