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Departs Echuca Fridays at 4.00 pm
Disembark Torrumbarry Weir Mondays at 9.30 am
Check-In Location Echuca Car Park – 3.00 pm
Coach Transfer included – Torrumbarry to Echuca at disembarkation
Spend your mornings waking up to the sounds of the rhythmic swish of the paddlewheels on our popular three-night Murray River Discovery cruise. Whether you’re captivated by history, yearning for relaxation, or keen to see the natural beauty of the river with your own eyes, this cruise has it all.
Your onshore tour will have you disembarking the PS Emmylou at places of historical, geographical, and cultural significance; historic Perricoota Station, Torrumbarry Weir, Morrisons riverside winery, and an Eco-tour aboard the Murray Explorer visiting Horseshoe Lagoon and the Goulburn River. We will dine under the lights of the Southern constellations with our signature riverside dining completing your Australian Murray River experience.
For travel between 1st April 2023 to 31st March 2025. All prices are AUD$ per person.
|Twin Share 2023- 31st March 2024 FROM||Twin Share 2024 - 31st March 2025 FROM|
|Emmylou Suite Queen Suite||$ 2,100||$ 2,160|
|Queen Bed Cabin||$ 1,740||$ 1,830|
|Twin or Double Bed Cabin||$ 1,690||$ 1,800|
Price does not include: drinks not stated above, optional transfers and pre/post-cruise hotel stays, personal expenses, and car parking. Guests are encouraged to take adequate travel insurance to cover unforeseen circumstances. Children 15+ are welcome at Adult prices.
The cruise departs Riverboat Dock, Echuca at 4.00 pm every Friday. The cruise ends 9.30 am at Torrumbarry Weir. Your cruise fare includes complimentary transfers to and from our secure car park.
As Emmylou departs from Echuca, you can relax and enjoy an afternoon Devonshire tea while taking in the stunning sights and sounds of the river. You will have plenty of time to chat with the skipper and learn about the history of the vessel or simply unwind in your private cabin.
As the sun begins to set, Happy Hour starts, where you can enjoy a drink in the saloon before arriving at Layfield Lane for a grand dinner on the riverbank. The signature Australian BBQ, lit by candles and stars, sets the perfect mood for an evening of casual conversation and live entertainment around the campfire.
After a satisfying breakfast, you will embark on a half-day land and river tour, visiting the Great Aussie Beer Shed & Heritage Farm Museum. This unique attraction is a celebration of Australia’s love of beer and features an extensive collection of over 17,000 cans and bottles from around the world. You’ll then experience the magic of the Murray River on our Eco Expedition boat, the Murray Explorer. After enjoying morning tea at the historic Echuca Wharf, you’ll embark on a journey upriver, immersing yourself in the natural wonders of the Murray River.
As you cruise, you’ll witness breathtaking scenery and diverse wildlife, all while learning about the rich history of the river
from pre-European to early colonial riverboat days. Afterward, we’ll make a stop at a remote sandy river beach where you’ll
enjoy a delicious lunch, surrounded by the beauty of this iconic Australian destination.
Later, you will visit Morrisons Riverside Winery for a quick tasting of their fabulous table and fortified wines before returning to Emmylou for an afternoon tea service as you continue downriver towards Deep Creek Marina. In the evening, you can unwind with a fascinating documentary featuring archival footage of the paddlesteamers and communities of the Murray River.
Today Emmylou departs early in the morning for a full day of cruising towards Torrumbarry Weir with a mid-morning stop at the famous Perricoota Station. Join the skipper for a walking tour of the historic buildings and immaculate gardens of Perricoota Station before continuing towards Torrumbarry Weir.
Upon arrival, you can take a guided walk across the weir, visit the Interpretive Centre and learn about the Murray Darling Basin and the weir and lock system that dates back to 1923. Tonight, enjoy a delicious final dinner hosted by your Skipper with pre-dinner canapes and drinks as the sun settles over the weir. Listen to the river birds’ evening chorus and watch for kangaroos, wombats, and various bird species as the stars begin to appear during dinner.
This morning, early risers can enjoy a riverside stroll before breakfast. A courtesy vehicle will then be ready to return you to Echuca, where you will reluctantly say farewell to your unforgettable river journey on the PS Emmylou.
** Itinerary is subject to change.
Melbourne Optional Pre-Cruise Hotel Stay
Today you have time to explore the wonderful city of Melbourne before checking into your Pre Stay Hotel at Pan Pacific South Wharf, starting at $900 per couple, $800 for solo traveller.
Melbourne Optional Transfers
Departing at 10.30am from your Hotel you travel to Echuca arriving at the historical Port of Echuca to board your cruise departing at 2.30pm, starting at $650 per couple or $550 for solo traveller.
Self Drive – Car Parking
$25 per night
On the Emmylou there are just 8 cabins and a maximum of 16 passengers you can be sure of excellent attention and service form friendly and professional crew. Perfect for a small group that wants to have the boat to themselves. All river journey cruises are fully inclusive of all meals and onshore tours. Restaurant, bar, under the stars deck dining, AC 240 volt power, Free Wi-Fi, on-board account for drinks and souvenirs, hair dryers, air conditioning /heating, tea and coffee facilities.
Dinning is open air, allowing you to enjoy the experience of cruising. 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 of your tour price and most dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notice. The bar stocks a range of drinks for purchase to enjoy with your meal.
About the P.S. Emmylou
The Paddle Steamer Emmylou is one of the most recognisable and iconic paddlesteamers along the Murray River, Echuca. The PS Emmylou is the only wood fired paddlesteamer in the world offering regular overnight cruising. Powered by a beautifully restored 1906 Marshall and Sons steam engine. Fuelled by redgum logs the Emmylou exudes old-world charm whilst offering modern comfort in recently refurbished cabins.
The Emmylou was named after the country singer Emmylou Harris, the PS Emmylou has been host to thousands of people, delighting even her namesake during the late 1980s. Alongside the PS Pevensey, the PS Emmylou starred in the TV series ‘All the Rivers Run’ renamed for the TV series as the PS Providence. Step back in time and let Emmylou connect you to Australian history, geography, culture and cuisine. You will 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, the Murray!
The 8 cabins provide you with a choice of accommodation to suit you and your travel companion as well as your budget. All cabins have been recently refurbished, so they are all lovely. Emmlyou Cabin Plan
Cabins have either twin, double or queen beds; individually controlled air conditioning units and private en-suite. Hair dryers are provided in each cabin. Tea and coffee making facilities are in the bar area.
The Upper Deck requires passengers to climb a staircase of 14 steps which are quite upright.
The vessel’s electricity is AC 240 volts, 50 cycle (standard electrical power used in Australia). Free Wifi is available in your cabin and around the vessel. Ask the crew for details onboard.
As Emmylou has no laundry, passengers are asked to hang their towels on the racks provided in your cabin to allow them to dry. Towels are changed on request.
Smoking is not permitted on the PS Emmylou.
The PS Emmylou departs from the Port of Echuca.
Once Emmylou departs, we are unable to obtain additional supplies or medicines. Special requests or dietary requirements must be advised together with your Passenger Cruise Agreement when your deposit is paid or within 3 days of full payment.
All passengers will be required to have covid vaccinations to travel.
You may check in from 9 am on the day of your cruise at 57 Murray Esplanade, Echuca. Please present the following:
• Cruise Confirmation sent to you
• Photo Identification for each passenger
Baggage is limited to what you can stow in your cabins so please pack light. All bags must be clearly labeled with your name and limited to 15kg per bag. Please do not bring your bags with you at Check-In. Bags will be loaded by our staff as you board the vessel.
Emmylou departs from River Boat Dock, Berth 4, Watson Street, Echuca and returns to this Dock. Boarding commences 30 minutes before departure where staff will assist with baggage. Boarding is fifteen minutes before the scheduled departure. If driving, please park your car in Watson St. Once all baggage and guests are aboard our staff will escort you to the secure car park.
CAR PARKING – RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
Our undercover secure car parking location is a short drive from River Boat Dock. Once bags are aboard a crew member will direct you to the location and transfer you back to PS Emmylou for departure. Upon disembarking we will transfer you and your luggage to your car. The additional cost for car parking is $25 per night. Secure undercover warehouse parking is available for cars, caravans & motorhomes. Please note parking is at the passenger’s own risk.
Please leave your labeled luggage outside your cabin door prior to breakfast on the final day and your cabin key outside of the door. Luggage will be taken ashore by the crew. All cabin accounts must be settled the evening prior to disembarkation.
The sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages will be limited to Guests who are 18 years or older. MRPS promotes the responsible service of alcohol and will refuse service to guests if deemed to be intoxicated. Guests are kindly reminded to consume alcohol in moderation. MRPS reserves the right to prohibit and retain all liquor brought onto vessels which is strictly prohibited.
COFFEE & TEA
Coffee & Tea is available complimentary throughout the cruise.
There is only one sitting for all meals and seating is open. The dining area is on the open deck so jackets and warm clothing may be required.
During the day, sportswear and casual clothing is suggested. We kindly ask that you do not wear bathing suits, singlets, or brief attire especially when dining. Footwear is requested at all times. Sandals, low-heeled deck shoes, and tennis shoes are most suitable on-deck and for onshore excursions. During the evening, smart casual wear is recommended and in the cooler months a good jacket as the evenings and early mornings can be chilly. We suggest you check the weather forecasts over the period of your cruise and be sure to bring a sun visor or hat, sunglasses, and sunblock/sunscreen even during warmer months. Due to the wooden decks on our boats, pencil point (stiletto’s) heel shoes, are not permitted on board. Therefore, we request alternative footwear is to be worn whilst on board (bare feet is not permitted).
The water from your cabin tap is not suitable for drinking. Bottled water is supplied in your cabin – please feel free to refill the container from the water tap available in the lounge.
The vessels electricity is AC 240 volts, 50 cycles (standard electrical power used in Australia).
Tipping is always a personal choice. As a general guide, tipping is not required but is always gratefully received.
The following is included in your cruise: accommodation, all meals, all onshore tours, coffee and tea, bottled water, onboard presentations, and transfer to/from local Hotels & Echuca Train Station. Fares exclude drinks not stated, optional tours if provided, and additional services.
Airfares, transfers from locations such as Melbourne or Bendigo, alcoholic beverages, travel insurance.
For your convenience, we operate an onboard account for each cabin for the duration of your cruise. You may use your cruise account for onboard drinks & souvenirs. Your cruise account must be settled the night prior to disembarkation. AUD cash or credit card (Visa & MasterCard) will be accepted for payment of your account only.
During the cruise onshore tours are available. As a courtesy to your fellow passengers, please be prompt to your marshalling area. You are welcome to stay on board the vessel if you do not wish to participate in excursions.
Please be advised that the entire vessel including your cabin is strictly No Smoking including E-cigarettes at all times.
As Emmylou has no laundry and to help us save water and the environment towels are not washed and are replaced daily. Please ensure you leave towels on the racks provided in your cabin to allow them to dry. Extra Towels are available on request. Rooms are not serviced while cruising.
Rain or shine, waters on the Murray always make for smooth sailing. As a guide, expected seasonal temperatures range from 14-33 degrees Celsius during summer and 4-16 degrees Celsius during winter.
You are welcome to visit the wheelhouse, however, please avoid times when the vessel is maneuvering into or leaving port.
Free Wi-Fi is available in your cabin and around the vessel. Please ask our crew for details. BOARDING PS EMMYLOU Access to Emmylou is via River Boat Dock, Beth 4, Watson Street Echuca Boarding is via a gangway onto the Main Deck. The gangway is of suitable for wheelchair use.
GETTING AROUND PS EMMYLOU
Emmylou has two passenger decks. The main Deck is accessible by wheelchair however help will be required to traverse the crank shaft. The Upper Deck is not accessible by wheelchair and requires passengers to climb a staircase of 14 steps which are quite upright. We recommend that you reverse down facing the steps when coming down the staircase. Please ask our crew for assistance if required
• Passenger cabins are located on the Main & Upper Decks
• There is 1 cabin on the Main Deck
• All other cabins & the Emmylou Suite are located on the Upper Deck
• All cabins and the Emmylou Suite have a Private Ensuite
During the course of the cruise, Emmylou stops at a number of riverside locations where passengers can go ashore via the gangway. The steepness of the gangway will vary depending on the location (varying from steep riverbanks to flat historic wharves). The crew is always on hand to assist passengers ashore. The terrain will also vary depending on river conditions. Rough ground, inclines, and sand may provide obstacles to those with limited mobility.
If you wish to swim in the river, please seek advice from one of our crew as to the easiest and safest method of doing so.
Please note your travel is subject to the terms and conditions of the Passenger Cruise Agreement.
Itinerary is subject to change without notification. MRPS reserves the right to cancel any cruise due to river & weather conditions, mechanical failure, or the minimum number of 10 passengers has not been booked prior to departure. The Captain always reserves the right to put ashore any passenger who disrupts the even flow of a cruise; in such a case, no refund is possible. MRPS responsibility does not extend beyond the vessel, and whenever passengers leave it, any arrangements made by them or for them are at their own risk.
BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Be aware that some confirmed bookings are not refundable if cancelled, and also may not be transferable to another date or otherwise changed. Alternatively, a change may only be permissible subject to payment of an additional fee or charge. Your entitlement to a refund for cancelled bookings is subject to the relevant Supplier’s terms and conditions. Please note that if we are entitled to a service fee for placing a booking, we will remain entitled to this fee if you cancel the booking or the Supplier fails to provide you with the Product for any reason (other than our default), including in an event of Force Majeure. We will be entitled to deduct our service fee from any refund we receive on your behalf before remitting the balance to you. Suppliers’ fees are outlined in their relevant terms and conditions.
Supplier Terms and Conditions Cancellation Summary:
Full payment is required 90 days from departure.
All deposits are non-refundable. In addition to the loss of deposit: More than 60 days before departure – $50 per person. Between 30 and 60 days before departure – Loss of deposit. Between 15 and 30 days before departure – 50% of the total cost. Less than 14 days before departure – 100% of the total cost.
This was my fourth cruise on Emmylou this year and I’ve got two more booked this December and next year,” boasts Philippa, ( fourth from the left) one of Emmylou’s biggest fans. “I travel on my own and I just love what Emmylou offers. The staff are remarkable and the other guests are always so friendly and the whole experience on the river is so interesting and relaxing. I love it so much I’d love to work on the boat!” Phillipa
Our cruise on Emmylou was somewhat of a pilgrimage for us as we’ve always been fascinated by the Murray and the steamboats on it and we finally did a paddle steamer cruise last month and can I say it was probably the best trip we’ve ever done in a long while. This was such a special experience, more so from the exceptional staff who couldn’t do more for you to make you relaxed and comfortable. The staff and our fellow passengers were all so friendly – it was more like one big happy family. We loved it! Tom & Margaret
My brother & I did a 4-night cruise, which included 2 days of shore excursions. One was to a winery and the other was an informative small boat (10M) cruise through the “Murray Choke”, both excursions were excellent. There was a total of 15 passengers so one did not feel lost in the crowd. The day could be spent either chatting to other guests, or, finding a quiet spot and enjoying the view, bird calls, and wildlife. The cabins were compact (small to medium case only) but warm and comfy with their own en-suite. The meals were excellent with a choice of menu for most meals. The BBQ and sing-along on the last night was a hoot or toot. The atmosphere on the cruise was very relaxing, helped by the slow pace of the Murray, the rhythmic muffled splash of the paddle wheels, and the mesmerizing action of the circa 1906 steam engine. This was a new cruising experience that I would thoroughly recommend. Phillip
One can only describe this 3 day Emmylou cruise as fantastic. Professional staff, excellent food. A highlight for me was the BBQ on the banks of the Mighty Murray River. Well done. Put it as a must-do. dianjob69
The crew was great, very attentive, and couldn’t do enough. Watching the old steam engine work away was fascinating. The speed of the paddle steamer allowed you time to enjoy the Murray River. The food was very good and you didn’t leave hungry. Our cabin was small but manageable and the bathroom was fine. Very enjoyable cruise. Robert C
During the day, sportswear and casual clothes are suggested. We kindly ask that you do not wear bathing suits, singlets or brief attire in public rooms and lounges, especially in the Dining Room. Footwear is requested in both the Dining Room and Lounges. During the evening smart casual wear is recommended – an open neck shirt and slacks for gentlemen and a dress, skirt and blouse or pants outfit for the ladies. Be sure to bring a sun visor or hat, sunglasses (Polaroid) and good sun blocks. Sandals, low-heeled deck shoes and tennis shoes are most suitable on deck and for shore excursions. Pack warmer clothing for our onshore barbeque night and nocturnal cruising/activities etc. It is also advisable to wear comfortable walking shoes for our onshore excursions and whilst on the decks.
Smoking is not permitted anywhere aboard the vessel including inside cabins and suites.
The passenger warrants that they are physically fit and capable of undertaking the cruise. Guests must notify in writing at the time of
booking of any physical or mental illness, disability or other conditions for which special accommodations required. The vessel does not carry a medical doctor aboard. Acute medical conditions will require you to disembark to be attended to by shore-side emergency and/or medical response.
On the PS Emmylou, the main deck access requires no stairs. However there is a drive shaft that passengers are required to step over to get to the Saloon and Dining area. This is approximately 60 cm high. The Main deck has the dining area, bar, one passenger queen bed cabin, with en-suite and access to a shared toilet. Upper decks cabins have en-suits but require access via stairs. Each person will be required to make their way onto to the boat via the gangway.
The ships crews do not include a doctor, however the ship’s Officers are trained in First Aid. There is no pharmacy onboard. Please ensure you bring adequate prescription medicines you may require.
For your convenience valuables may be lodged with the Captain for safe keeping in the Captain’s safe. The company accepts no liability.
Rain or shine, waters on the Murray always make for smooth sailing. As a guide, expected seasonal temperatures range from 16-35 degrees Celsius during summer and 6-17 degrees Celsius during winter.
The ships electricity is AC 240 volts 50 cycle (standard electrical power used in Australia). Hairdryers are provided on the cruises, how ever you are welcome to bring your own shavers and hairdryers if you wish.
Baggage is limited to what you can stow in your cabins, so you would be advised not to over pack. All bags must be clearly labelled with your name. Bags have to be handled by crew and we would appreciate a weight limit of 15 kg.
Once we leave the wharf these ships cannot obtain additional supplies or medicines. Special requests or dietary requirements must be advised to your booking agent as early as possible. Upon boarding please consult with your Cruise Director. Please also ensure you bring any prescription medication you may need.
The following information is required at check-in: – Photo identification for each passenger (drivers license or passport) – Your cruise confirmation number (located on your e-ticket) – Your credit card (as security against your onboard Cabin account)