8 Night Train Stay & Cruise Package
Melbourne to the Murray

Delight in our specially priced 8 night Train, Stay & Cruise Package, Melbourne to the Murray specially designed for Australian Traveller magazine. 

Enjoy complimentary return train travel from Melbourne plus a pre-cruise 1-night stay at the Mercure Port of Echuca. Then step aboard PS Emmylou’s new 7-Night All the Rivers Run Cruise where nature, yesteryear, relaxation, and Australian TV history seamlessly blend together into an unforgettable experience. 

This new cruise will allow you to fully immersive yourself in a totally relaxing river experience. Paying homage to its namesake novel, starring Emmylou as PS Providence, will see you spending your days listening to Kookaburras’ songs and watching flocks of galahs fly overhead. Evenings pass watching the sunset through towering Red Gums before the moon rises over the Mighty Murray. 

Guests aboard this cruise will also enjoy a Silo Arts Tour which includes a fabulous pub lunch at Colbinabbin and a guided historical walk of the Port of Echuca.

Book Using Promo Code Traveller23 – Valid for new direct bookings only with Murray River Paddlesteamres before 30th June 2023 for cruises departing from 1st April 2023 to 31st March 2024 

8 Night Train & Cruise Package

Highlights

  • Save 15% on your cruise fare
  • Free return train fare from Melbourne
  • Free 1 night stay at the Mercure Port of Echuca Hotel
  • Free Car parking if driving 
  • Guided gardens tour of Perricoota Station
    Riverside BBQ Dining under the stars, campfires & Live Entertainment (riverside dinner is seasonal)
  • Lagoon Wetlands Eco walk
  • Goulburn & Campaspe expedition river cruise
  • Owner-led Guided tour of Restdown Winery & wetlands with lunch
  • Silo Arts Tour with lunch at Colbinabbin Pub
  • Guided historical walking tour of the Port of Echuca
  • Visit Morrisons Winery & St Annes Wineries 
  • Ample time to absorb the gorgeous surroundings and watch and listen to the local Australian wildlife
  • All-day cruising with historical commentary

Inclusions

  • Complimentary return Vline train fare from Melbourne
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  • Luxury air-conditioned cabin with private ensuite
  • All onboard meals including morning & afternoon tea 
  • Four Onshore tours
  • Regionally-inspired meals prepared by onboard chef
  • Complimentary selected wine & beer with dinner service
  • Espresso coffee, tea, soft drink & bottled water
  • Complimentary WIFI throughout the boat
  • Complimentary transfer to/from Echuca Train Station
  • Complimentary transfers to Torrumbarry Weir to commence your cruise and return to Echuca.  

Prices

  • Twin or Double Bed Cabins $3383pp
  • Queen Bed Cabins $3468pp
  • Emmylou Queen Suite $4148pp

Deposit & Car Parking

  • A deposit of $400pp is required to secure the booking, with full payment due 90 days from the cruise date
  • Complimentary undercover secure car parking is available for cars. For larger vehicles please contact us directly  
  • Check-in will be completed at the Car Parking location
  • Your cruise fare includes complimentary coach transfers to/from Emmylou pre and post your cruise. 
  • Please arrive 1 hour prior to departure. 

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Day 1

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All the Rivers Run
4 night Murray River Explorer Cruise

After arriving by courtesy coach from Echuca this afternoon 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 Emmylou, 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 ready for you to enjoy after diner.

7 night map
Emmylou at Norris bend

Day 2

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Perricoota Station
All the Rivers Run

After a hearty breakfast, Emmylou 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 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 on the deck of Emmylou overlooking the famous Perricoota Station mansion and river.

Restdown Winery

Day 3

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PS Emmylou Cruising
Dinner PS Emmylou

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 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, lit up by candles on the tables and stars in the sky. After dinner enjoy casual conversation around the campfire with live entertainment before retiring for the evening

Dinner table Layfield Lane

Day 4

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horseshoe Lagoon
Murray Explorer Inside View

This morning after breakfast we head off on a half-day excursion first visiting Horseshoe Lagoon, which has great significance to the local Yorta Yorta people. Often described as supermarkets by elders, the lagoon provides a home to native animals. Here you can wander the elevated boardwalk, indulge in some wildlife spotting and learn about the importance of wetlands and floodplains along the Murray River. 

It is then time to board our Murray Explorer, cruising upriver to where the Goulburn River enters the mighty Murray where you can get up close to Australian nature. Along the way we will connect the environment and the rich river story from pre-European to the early colonial days of the Riverboats. 

After enjoying lunch, we then visit the region’s largest winery, St Anne’s where you can sample their fabulous table and extensive range of fortified wines. Emmylou then continues downstream mooring overnight at Morrisons Winery overnight.

Murray Explorer

Day 5

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Echuca Wharf
walking tour pub

This morning we cruise into the Port of Echuca, first build in the 1860s to support the booming river trade and once the largest inland port in Australia. Today you will enjoy a half day tour visiting two spectacular local art silos at Rochester and Colbinabbin where we also stop for lunch at the local pub before visiting the fabulous Kyabram water tank. 

Returning to Echuca you have time to explore the high street shops or join a guided walking tour of the historic Port of Echuca which includes the famous escape tunnel under the Star Hotel. Back aboard Emmylou enjoy an afternoon Devonshire tea as Emmylou departs back downstream. 

As the sun begins to set over the towering riverside gums enjoy a drink in the saloon at Happy Hour before we arrive at Layfield Lane where you can again enjoy our signature riverside dining experience. After dinner enjoy some casual conversation with live entertainment around the campfire before retiring for the evening.

Colbinabbin Pub

Day 6

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PS Emmylou Cruising
kangaroos

This morning you have the option of pulling up a chair riverside to enjoy a good book, watching the river traffic past by or join the half-day excursion aboard the Murray Explorer visiting the Campaspe River (river height dependant) where you can get up close to Australian nature.

 You are sure to spot several species or birds including the beautiful Kingfisher as we will connect the environment and the rich river story from pre-European to the early colonial days of the Riverboats. 

After enjoying lunch, we then visit Morrisons Riverside Winery where you can enjoy complimentary tastings of their fabulous wines. This afternoon Emmylou continues downriver towards Deep Creek Marina.

PS Emmylou river view

Day 7

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Perriccota Station
Walking Tour

PS Emmylou departs early today for a full day of cruising towards Torrumbarry Weir with
a mid-morning stop at 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 PS
Emmylou was renamed PS Providence. 

Join the skipper for a walking tour of the historical buildings and immaculate gardens of Perricoota Station before Emmylou continues towards Torrumbarry Weir. Upon arrival,  you can take a self -guided walk across the weir,  visiting the Interpretive Centre and  learning about the Murray Darling Basin and the weir and lock system which dates back to 1923. 

Tonight, we enjoy a delicious 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 species of birds as the stars begin to appear whilst enjoying dinner.

PS Emmylou Cruising

Day 8

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Morning Coffee Emmylou Suite

This morning before breakfast early risers can enjoy a riverside stroll before your courtesy vehicle is ready to return you to Echuca where we reluctantly say farewell.