4 Night PS Australian Star 4NEAS

Total Price from
$3,580 Per Person
Deposit From Only
$400 Per Person
Departs Echuca
Returns Echuca
Difficulty Easy
Group Size 38

4 Night PS Emmylou Murray River Explorer Cruise

Departs Torrumbarry Weir Mondays at 4.00 pm

Disembark Echuca Fridays at 9.30 am

Check-In Location Echuca Car Park – 3.00 pm

Coach Transfer Included – Echuca to Torrumbarry for boarding

Embark on a captivating 4-night adventure aboard the PS Australian Star Explorer Cruise, a voyage designed to unlock the secrets of Australia’s picturesque waterways. This immersive journey seamlessly blends luxury with exploration, promising an unforgettable experience.

Step into a world of refined elegance as you board the Australian Star. The Explorer Cruise introduces you to an extended itinerary, allowing for a deeper dive into the region’s treasures. Indulge in the comfort of thoughtfully appointed cabins, each featuring ensuite facilities and ensuring a peaceful retreat after each day’s exploration.

Throughout the 4-night voyage, savor a culinary odyssey with exquisite meals that showcase the diversity of local flavors. The itinerary is meticulously crafted to provide a perfect balance of relaxation and discovery. Engage in enriching on-shore excursions that unveil the hidden gems of the landscape, from cultural landmarks to breathtaking natural wonders.

Whether you’re absorbing panoramic views from the deck, participating in immersive shore activities, or enjoying the camaraderie of fellow travelers, the PS Australian Star Explorer Cruise invites you to create lasting memories. Immerse yourself in the magic of Australia’s waterways during this extended adventure, where each day unfolds a new chapter of exploration and wonder.

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Highlights

  • Guided tour of Restdown Winery & wetlands, followed by a delicious lunch
  • Town tour of historical Echuca sites
  • Eco-cruise aboard the Murray Explorer
  • Wine tasting at St Anne’s Winery
  • Explore the beautiful gardens of Perricoota Station
  • Riverside BBQ dining experience under the stars
  • Torrumbarry Weir and its surroundings
  • Experience all-day cruising with a historical commentary

Inclusions

  • Luxury air-conditioned Stateroom or Suite with private ensuite
  • All onboard meals including morning and afternoon teas
  • Regionally-inspired meals prepared by onboard chef
  • Limited edition Complimentary gift
  • Complimentary selected wine & beer with dinner service
  • Uniquely crafted onshore guided tours
  • Complimentary transfer to/from PS Australian Star in Echuca
  • Espresso coffee, tea, soft drink & bottled water
  • Complimentary WIFI throughout the ship and in your Stateroom

Tour Pricing

For travel between 1st April 2025 to 31st March 2026. All prices are AUD$ per person.

Twin Share PP
Deck 1$ 3,580
Deck 2$ 3,580
Deck 1 Owner Queen Suite with Private Deck$ 4,420
Deck 2 Owners King Suite with Private Deck$ 5,020

Price does not include: drinks not stated, 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. Single occupancy supplement is 75%

Available Tours

Itinerary

The cruise departs Torrumbarry Weir at 4.00 pm every Monday. The cruise ends at 9.30 am in Port of Echuca. Your cruise fare includes complimentary transfers to and from Echuca and our secure car park.

  • 1 Day 1 Torrumbarry Weir to Norris Ben (Dinner)

    As you depart Torrumbarry upstream, enjoy an afternoon Devonshire tea, take in the sights and sounds of the river, and get to know your fellow cruisers. There’s ample time to chat with the skipper in the wheelhouse to learn about PS Australian Star, and her river history or simply relax in your private cabin.

    When the sun begins to set, this marks the start of ‘Happy Hour’. Enjoy a drink in the saloon before a chef-prepared welcome dinner. Listen to the river birds’ evening chorus and watch for kangaroos, wombats, and many species of birds as the stars begin to appear.

    Tonight, we moor at Norris Bend where your crew will have a riverside campfire (weather-dependent) ready for you to enjoy after dinner.

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  • 2 Day 2 Morris Bend to Perricoota Station (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    After a hearty breakfast, Australian Star cruises to the famous Perricoota Station, the property first settled by James Maiden in 1843, and famous for starring in the TV mini series “All the River Run” where our famous PS Emmylou was renamed PS Providence.

    Here you will depart to Restdown Winery, producers of fine organic wines and Hereford beef. Join the property’s owners for a guided tour along a 1.4km wetlands walking trail, highlighting items of great Aboriginal significance before a gourmet lunch of local produce and wine tastings. Arriving back at Perricoota Station the skipper will invite you to walk along the historical buildings and immaculate gardens of Perricoota Station before happy hour.

    Tonight enjoy a fabulous dinner aboard overlooking the famous Perricoota Station mansion. Tonight, after dinner it’s Movie Night with a special presentation of “Riverboats Remembered”, a fabulous historical presentation featuring archival footage of the paddle steamers and communities of the Murray River from the early 1900s through to the mid1970s.

  • 3 Day 3 Perricoota Station to Layfield Lane (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    For early risers and keen photographers, the morning mist and wildlife around Perricoota is a sight to behold. After breakfast, Emmylou gracefully steams onwards upstream for a full day of cruising towards our riverside mooring, Layfield Lane mooring.

    Today enjoy lunch on the deck or in the saloon with plenty of time to relax with a good book or just take in the river views. Tonight, enjoy a grand dinner on the riverbank – our signature Australian BBQ (weather dependent), lit up by candles on the tables and stars in the sky.

    After dinner enjoy casual conversation around the campfire (weather dependent) with live entertainment before retiring for the evening.

  • 4 Day 4 Layfield Lane to Echuca (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Start your day with a satisfying breakfast to fuel up for an exciting half-day adventure on both land and water. Your guided Henry Hopwood Town Tour tour will take you through the charming town of Echuca, uncovering hidden historical gems like Hopwood’s Punt and the pontoon bridge. This bridge, the brainchild of Echuca’s founder Henry Hopwood, marks the initial river crossing in the area.

    Next, prepare to be enchanted by our 110-year-old PS Canberra featuring a red gum timber hull built in 1912 at Goolwa South Australia. Enjoy morning tea aboard. Before returning to Australian Star for lunch when your river cruise adventure continues upstream cruising past the imposing Port of Echuca Wharf once home to over 100 paddlesteamers in its heyday.

    This evening you will enjoy a farewell dinner cruising upriver of Echuca

  • 5 Day 5 Echuca (Breakfast)

    This morning before breakfast early risers can enjoy a riverside stroll before we reluctantly say farewell.

    Coach transfer to Echuca Car Parking, Train Station, and CBD Hotels

     

     

** Itinerary is subject to change.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

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

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Your Boat

Experience the ultimate in river cruising luxury aboard the PS Australian Star! Launching June 2025, our all-inclusive overnight voyages along the majestic Murray River redefine opulence. Departing from picturesque Echuca, Victoria, our 3, 4, and 7-night itineraries promise an unforgettable journey.

Step aboard and immerse yourself in the rich heritage of the river. Our vessel, a masterpiece of engineering, seamlessly blends tradition with luxury. Feel the rhythm of the paddlewheel and hear the symphony of steam from our authentic 1907 wood-fired steam engine.

Indulge in opulent interiors inspired by Australia’s Southern Cross. From the Hopwood Lounge & Bar to the Randell Dining Room, each space tells a captivating story of the river’s history.

With 19 modern staterooms featuring ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, luxury linen, and TV entertainment, every traveler is treated to a luxurious retreat. And with ever-changing river views, the beauty of the Murray River surrounds you at every turn.

Join us as we embark on a voyage where tradition meets modernity and luxury becomes an art form. Welcome aboard the PS Australian Star for an unforgettable riverine experience. Book now!

Additional Information

The PS Australian Star departs from the Port of Echuca.

Once Australian Star 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.

CHECK-IN INFORMATION
Please note that check-in time for your cruise is at 3:00 pm. We highly recommend arriving at the car parking location by 2:30 pm to allow enough time for check-in and boarding. Late arrivals may result in the ship departing without you, so please plan accordingly to avoid any disappointment.

Our welcoming team of experts will be eagerly waiting to assist you upon your arrival. We will help you park your vehicle securely, assist you with your luggage, and complete the check-in process smoothly and efficiently. This will ensure that you start your journey in a relaxed and stress-free manner.

Once you are checked in, we will transfer you directly to the departure point in our comfortable coach. You will have more time to enjoy the stunning scenery and surroundings. Our team will be available to answer any questions you may have and ensure that your experience is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

Don’t forget to bring your Booking Confirmation and Photo ID when checking in.

BAGGAGE
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.

BOARDING
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
We highly recommend arriving at the car parking location by 2:30 pm for 3.00 pm check-in to allow enough time for check-in and boarding. Late arrivals may result in the ship departing without you, so please plan accordingly to avoid any disappointment.

If you are arriving by car, please proceed to our car parking location at 19-29 Cornelia Creek Road in Echuca.

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 Australian Star 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.

DISEMBARKATION
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.

ALCOHOL
The sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages will be limited to Guests who are 18 years or older. Australian Star 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. Australian Star 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.

DINING
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.

DRESS
During the day, sportswear and casual clothing are 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 throughout 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).

ELECTRICS
The vessels electricity is AC 240 volts, 50 cycles (standard electrical power used in Australia).

GRATUITIES
Tipping is always a personal choice. As a general guide, tipping is not required but is always gratefully received.

INCLUSIONS

  • Complimentary return V/Line train fare from Melbourne
  • Complimentary coach transfers from Toorumbarry to Echuca at the conclusion of your cruise
  • Luxury air-conditioned cabin with private ensuite
  • All onboard meals including morning and afternoon tea
  • Regionally-inspired meals prepared by onboard chef
  • Onshore Tour
  • Complimentary selected wine & beer with dinner service
  • Espresso coffee, tea, soft drink & bottled water
  • Complimentary WIFI throughout the boat

ADDITIONAL COSTS
Airfares, transfers from locations such as Melbourne or Bendigo, alcoholic beverages, travel insurance.

ON-BOARD PURCHASES
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.

ONSHORE TOURS
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.

SMOKING
Please be advised that the entire vessel including your cabin is strictly No Smoking including E-cigarettes at all times.

WEATHER
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.

WI-FI
Free Wi-Fi is available in your cabin and around the vessel.

PASSENGER CABINS

  • PS Australian Star’s King Suite: 18.6 square meters, private deck with deluxe chairs, a well-appointed writing desk, and chair offer a peaceful retreat, complemented by a fully stocked mini-bar for your convenience.
  • PS Australian Star’s Queen Suite: 14.3 square meters, queen bed and private deck
  • PS Australian Star Queen Stateroom: 10.2 square meters, with a queen bed that can be split into two single beds

GETTING ASHORE
During the course of the cruise, Australian Star 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.

SWIMMING
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.

Please review the full Terms and Conditions and Schedule of Fees prior to making a booking.

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.

 

Travel Insurance
As a valued customer we are pleased to offer you the opportunity to purchase discounted travel insurance. It is HIGHLY recommended that passengers take out travel insurance. As a valued customer we are pleased to offer you the opportunity to get a free no-obligation quote from Cover-More Travel Insurance.

Credit Card Payments
Credit Card Customer Payment Link enter this link into your browser: pay.travelpay.com.au/AUSTC

If paying via the Customer Payment Link, please ensure you complete all fields and ensure you enter the correct Trip Reference Number, so we can identify your payment.

Credit card surcharges will apply when paying by credit card. We accept all credit cards and relevant credit card fee is applied when processing: Mastercard – 1.30%, Visa – 1.50%, American Express – 2.20%, Diners Card – 2.75%, International Credit Cards – 3.25%

Direct Deposit
Direct Deposit payments take up to 3 business days to process. Please notify your consultant of your payment once it has been processed.

Commonwealth Bank: Australian Tours and Cruises
Reference: Your Trip Number
BSB: 062-504 Account: 1066 1268
Branch Address: Shop 1/80-84 William St, Bathurst NSW 2795
In Bank Payment of Cash Or Cheque: Add $5 for bank fees
International Direct Deposit: Add $25 for bank fees
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