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Introducing the PS Australian Star

12 March 2024

Get ready to experience a new era of luxury river cruising with the PS Australian Star! This magnificent vessel is currently under construction in a specially designed facility beside the Murray River in Mildura. Scheduled for launch in June 2025, the PS Australian Star will redefine river cruising in Australia with its unparalleled offerings and amenities.

Unmatched Luxury on the Murray River

After her launch, the PS Australian Star will offer year-round, all-inclusive overnight cruises ranging from 3, 4, to 7 nights, departing from Echuca in Victoria. Prepare to be enchanted as you embark on a journey along the majestic Murray River aboard Australia’s first five-star river cruise product. It’s sure to set a new benchmark for elegance and comfort on the Murray River.

PS Australian Star Deck Plan Murray River Cruise

A Paddle steamer Like No Other

The PS Australian Star will not only be the largest paddle steamer in the Southern Hemisphere but also the only wood-fired, five-star, accommodated paddle steamer in the world. Its unique combination of heritage charm and modern luxury sets it apart from any other cruise vessel. This three-deck vessel will be 60 percent larger than the PS Emmylou, its predecessor, offering more space and contemporary amenities.

A Journey Fueled by Tradition and Innovation

At the heart of the PS Australian Star lies a modern, energy-efficient hybrid diesel/steam propulsion system. This innovative system features a vintage, refurbished 1907 Richard Garrett and Sons wood-fired steam engine, adding a touch of nostalgia and authenticity to your journey.

Elegance and Comfort Redefined

Step aboard the 35-meter-long PS Australian Star and enter a world of deluxe and contemporary luxury. From the sweeping river vistas in the lounge to the fine-dining restaurant serving exquisite cuisine, every aspect of the vessel exudes elegance and comfort.

Gourmet Delights Aboard

Indulge in culinary excellence at the Cadell Restaurant, where a different fine-dining menu is served every day. Championing fresh, local produce, each dish is a masterpiece crafted to delight your taste buds and elevate your dining experience.

Unrivaled Amenities

Step aboard the PS Australian Star and be captivated by its expansive and contemporary offerings. The vessel boasts multiple outdoor relaxation areas, allowing you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Murray River. For convenience, the vessel features the company’s first elevator, providing easy access to all levels. Additionally, the 19 plush and modern staterooms offer ensuite facilities, air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi, luxury linen, and a TV entertainment system, ensuring a truly indulgent experience. The panoramic Hopwood Lounge and multiple outdoor relaxation areas are just some of the highlights awaiting you.

Journey Highlights

Prepare for an unforgettable journey filled with breathtaking scenery, charming riverside towns, and an abundance of leisurely activities. Join us as we embark on a voyage of discovery, where every bend of the river unveils a new chapter in our story.

Day 1: Norris Bend

Departing from Torrumbarry, indulge in afternoon Devonshire tea while admiring scenic views and socializing with fellow cruisers. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at Norris Bend followed by a riverside campfire (weather permitting).

Day 2: Perricoota Station

Cruise to Perricoota Station for a day of exploration, including a visit to Restdown Winery, wetlands trail walk, and gourmet lunch. Return to the vessel for dinner overlooking the mansion and a documentary on Murray River history.

Day 3: Layfield Lane

Enjoy morning mist and wildlife sightings before cruising upstream to Layfield Lane. Indulge in a grand dinner on the riverbank with Australian BBQ and live entertainment.

Day 4: Town Tour & Echuca

Embark on a half-day town tour of Echuca and visit the historic PS Canberra. Enjoy lunch aboard the PS Australian Star while cruising upstream.

Day 5: Silo Tour & Layfield Lane

Explore local art silos and enjoy lunch at a renowned local pub. Cruise downstream with Devonshire tea and end the day with an Australian BBQ dinner and live entertainment.

Day 6: Deep Creek Marina

Visit the Heritage Farm Museum and embark on an expedition cruise along the upper Murray River. Enjoy wine tasting at St Anne’s Winery before cruising downriver.

Day 7: Torrumbarry Weir

Stop at Perricoota Station before cruising to Torrumbarry Weir for a guided walk and dinner overlooking the weir.

Day 8: Farewell to Echuca

Enjoy a riverside stroll before breakfast and bid farewell to your unforgettable journey aboard the PS Australian Star.

Looking for a shorter getaway? Explore our options for 4-night and 3-night cruises, which are one way on the 7 night itinerary with a coach transfer! 

Embark on a memorable journey with our 4-night cruise where a courtesy vehicle will take you to Torrumbarry ready for departure, heading along the Murray River, and concluding at Echuca. Prefer a quicker adventure? 

Opt for our 3-night cruise departing from Echuca and concluding at Torrumbarry Weir, where a courtesy vehicle will whisk you back to Echuca. No matter the duration, your river adventure awaits! 

For full details about our itineraries, find them here: 7-night cruise itinerary, 4-night cruise itinerary and 3-night cruise itinerary.

Book Your Journey of a Lifetime

Book now for the opportunity to embark on a luxurious adventure along the Murray River aboard the PS Australian Star. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, adventure, or simply a unique travel experience, the PS Australian Star promises to exceed your expectations. Don’t miss your chance to secure your spot on this unforgettable voyage! Click here to reserve your journey today and prepare to set sail on a remarkable adventure like no other.