7 Night Koondrook Expedition Cruise

Now open to all Regional Victorians and NSW Border Bubble residents. 

With the river currently at high levels, PS Emmylou will be visiting Koondrook for the first time in over 20 years. Due to COVID-related cruise cancellations, we have an exciting opportunity to offer these exciting expedition cruises. You will feel like a pioneer as Emmylou explores parts of the river rarely seen downstream from Torrumbarry Weir as she travels through Lock 26. Enjoy secluded Victorian bush moorings only available to Emmylou when the river runs high and visit the lovely township of Koondrook. For the very first time, we are offering Victorian Regional Guests the opportunity to cruise over 400kms aboard PS Emmylou this one-way 4 Night cruise from Koondrook to Echuca.  

This cruise is a return cruise departing from Echuca to Koondrook Wharf.

Two Departures Only - 4th & 18th October

Now Also Open to NSW Border Bubble Residents

Highlights

  • New Deluxe air-conditioned Cabins with private ensuites 
  • The Emmylou Suite for an added touch of luxury and space
  • Emmylou longest cruise with over 400km of rarely seen parts of the river
  • See Echuca/Moama’s new bridge from the river as construction nears completion
  • Experience cruising through Lock 26 at Torrumbarry Weir
  • All-day cruising to relax and see Australian wildlife  
  • After dinner campfires at remote bush moorings
  • Enjoy fresh seasonal local produce prepared by your onboard Chef
  • Native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Local Skipper Commentary

Deposit & Car Parking

  • Deposit $400pp with full payment due 7 days from cruise date once departure is confirmed 
  • Undercover Secure Car Parking $150

If you are arriving by car with reserved car parking, please meet our crew 1 hour prior to departure at our Car Parking Station located at 19-29 Cornelia Creek Road Echuca.  Check-in will be completed by our crew with luggage and passengers transferred to PS Emmylou for departure.  

Inclusions

  • Onboard Accommodation
  • Regionally inspired Chef prepared meals
  • Morning & afternoon teas
  • Complimentary wine and beer at dinner service 
  • Espresso Coffee, Tea & Bottled Water
  • Complimentary Wifi throughout the boat
  • All Gratuities 

7 Night Cruise is combines the 3 & 4 Night itineraries

Day 1

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map koondrook
Emmylou at Torrumbarry Weir - Hero Shot

Departing Echuca downriver, enjoy a welcome afternoon tea with freshly made Australian scones, jam & cream with tea and coffee as you begin to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the river. Time to relax or take the opportunity to chat with the Engineer and Skipper in the wheelhouse about the rich history of the river and PS Emmylou. As the sun starts to set over the river, time for an evening cocktail before your chef prepared welcome dinner. Listen to the river birds evening chorus, watch for kangaroos, wombats, egrets and many other species of birds as the stars begin to appear. Late afternoon we arrive at Torrumbarry Weir. Here you can take a walk across the weir and visit the Interpretive Centre learning about the Murray Darling Basin, the Weir and lock
system which dates back to 1923. After dinner, it is movie night, with a special presentation of “Riverboats Remembered” a fabulous historical presentation about the riverboats of mid 1850s along the Murray River

Day 2

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Emmylou - Lock 26 Aerial
Riverside Camp Fire - Day

This morning we navigate through the Lock at Torrumbarry Weir. Watch the Skipper manoeuvre Emmylou into the lock with the wide gates locking behind the boat. The lock will be lowered, and Emmylou will be on her way. Today you will see parts of the river not seen by our guests for over 20 years as Emmylou steams her way downstream towards Koondrook. 

This section of the river is teeming with nature and birdlife so time to get your binoculars out and spot some of the local wildlife. Tonight we moor at a bush mooring where you can disembark and explore the surrounding area. After dinner relax with a beverage around a campfire with your fellow guests enjoying the starlight sky and stillness of the bush.

Emmylou Going Through Lock

Day 3

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Emmylou - Long River Shot
Campfire evening

Departing our bush mooring Emmylou continues to explore the river downstream with a full day of cruising. This winding section of the river is one of the most beautiful areas of the river with Willow Trees and native vegetation lining the river banks. Take the time to enjoy nature at its finest as PS Emmylou slowly winds her
way down the river. Tonight enjoy a second bush mooring and campfire.

Emmylou River Shot
Campfire Box

Day 4

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Koondrook Bridge

This morning we depart our bush mooring for the short cruise into the lovely township of Koondrook where Emmylou has not visited for over 20 years. Docking at the fabulous new Koondrook wharf you will have plenty of time to explore the riverside area. Visit the Koondrook Sawmill for a tour and look out for the fabulous new Glamping accommodation now available

This afternoon we depart Koondrook Wharf Emmylou enjoy an afternoon tea with freshly made Australian scones, jam & cream with tea and coffee as you begin to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the river. Time to relax or take the opportunity to chat with the Engineer and Skipper in the wheelhouse about the rich history of the river and PS Emmylou. As the sun starts to set over the river, time for an evening cocktail before your chef-prepared welcome dinner. Listen to the river birds evening chorus, watch for kangaroos, wombats, egrets, and many other species of birds as the stars begin to appear.

Tonight, we arrive at our bush mooring where you can stretch your legs with a walk of the surrounding area and enjoy an evening campfire with your fellow passengers.

Day 5

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Emmylou - Long River Shot

Departing our bush mooring Emmylou continues to explore the river upstream with a full day of cruising. This winding section of the river is one of the most beautiful areas of the river with Willow Trees and native vegetation lining the riverbanks. Take the time to enjoy nature at its finest as PS Emmylou slowly winds her way towards our second bush mooring. After dinner relax with a beverage around a campfire with your fellow guests enjoying the starlight sky and stillness of the bush.

Emmylou - enhanced river shot

Day 6

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Emmylou in Lock

This morning early risers can enjoy a bushwalk before we depart upstream towards
Torrumbarry Weir arriving in the afternoon. Watch the Skipper manoeuvre Emmylou into the lock with the wide gates locking behind the boat. Once through the Lock you can take a walk across the weir and visit the Interpretive Centre learning about the Murray Darling Basin, the Weir and lock system which dates back to 1923. Tonight, enjoy dinner overlooking the Weir and evening wildlife. After dinner, it is movie night, with a special presentation of “Riverboats Remembered” a fabulous historical presentation about the riverboats of mid 1850s along the Murray River.

Emmylou at Torrumbarry Weir

Day 7

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PS Emmylou Skipper
Relaxing on PS Emmylou

This morning PS Emmylou departs on a full day of cruising towards our Layfield Lane Mooring arriving late afternoon. This section of the river is teeming with nature and birdlife so time to get your binoculars out and spot some of the local wildlife. You are also welcome to try your hand at steering the boat with the Skipper or learning how the 1906 steam engine works with the Engineer. This evening enjoy dinner aboard PS Emmylou moored at Layfield Lane

Emmylou - Long River Shot

Day 8

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This morning before breakfast early risers can enjoy a riverside stroll before PS Emmylou then departs for the Port of Echuca where we reluctantly say farewell.

Morning Coffee Emmylou Suite