4 Night Murray River Explorer

Our four-night cruise slowly explores over 190kms of the Murray’s smooth curves and will leave you feeling relaxed, recharged and bursting with knowledge about the majestic Murray River region.

While on board, our skipper will share stories of the bygone years and of how paddle steamers propelled Echuca into the largest inland port in Australia. Onshore tours will have you disembarking at places of historical, geographical and cultural significance including the Torrumbarry Weir, historic Perricoota StationRestdown Winery and UNESCO world heritage-listed Barmah Wetlands. We will dine under the lights of the Southern constellations with our signature riverside dining, complete with a river campfire and roasting of marshmallows.  

 

All Inclusive Cruising from $2240pp

Highlights

  • Guided tour of Restdown Winery
  • Guided historical tour of Perricoota Station
  • Barmah Wetlands Indigenous walk and eco boat tour 
  • Visit to Torrumbarry Weir 
  • Signature Riverside Grand Dining under the stars & campfire
  • Ample time to absorb the gorgeous surroundings and watch and listen to the local Australian wildlife
  • All-day cruising with historical commentary

Deposit & Car Parking

  • A deposit of $400pp is required to secure the booking, with full payment due 90 days from the cruise date.
  • Undercover secure car parking available for cars and small vans for $25 per night (please contact us directly to arrange)

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

  • Luxury cabin with private ensuite
  • Air-conditioned cabins
  • All onboard meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning and afternoon tea
  • 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
  • Book with Confidence policy 
  • COVID-19 Cruise Well policy 
  • Complimentary transfer to/from local hotels & Echuca Train Station, transfers from Melbourne and Bendigo can be arranged
  • All gratuities

Cabin Prices - 2 People

Day 1

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4 Night River Map
Perricoota Station

As you depart Echuca and steam downstream, 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 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.

Courtesy Greg Grainger – Travel OZ

Day 2

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Aboriginal Scar tree

After a hearty breakfast, it’s off 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. Once back on board, the Emmylou continues its downstream journey, where we dock near Torrumbarry Weir, visit the Interpretive Centre, learn about the Murray Darling Basin and get up close and personal with the impressive weir. 

Emmylou at Torrumbarry Weir

Day 3

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Emmylou at Torrumbary Weir Mooring
Walking Tour

For early risers and keen photographers, the morning mist and wildlife around Torrumbarry is a sight to behold. After breakfast, Emmylou gracefully pivots and steams back upstream towards Perricoota Station. There we head off on a half-day excursion to the small town of Barmah, just 30 mins away. Nowhere else in the world can you experience such timeless, natural beauty as when gliding through the world-heritage listed Barmah Wetlands on an eco-cruise. As you slip quietly across the water in the dappled shade of towering River Red Gums, it will be no surprise as to why the wetlands are named ‘Wetlands of International Importance’.


Upon returning to the Emmylou, the skipper will invite you to walk alongside the historical buildings and immaculate gardens of Perricoota Station to the impressive homestead and learn about property’s history which was once the area’s largest sheep farm and fruit orchard. It’s then time to relax as we continue our cruise upriver towards our overnight mooring at Deep Creek. Enjoy dinner as Emmylou steams into the night with her powerful lamps lighting up the banks of the river and the local wildlife begin their evening chorus. 

After dinner, it is 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 mid-1970s.

Day 4

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PS Emmylou Skipper

PS Emmylou departs early today for a full day of cruising towards our Layfield Lane mooring. Breakfast can be served 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, we enjoy a delicious spread from Pacdon Park UK Smallgoods for entrée before 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, before retiring for the evening.

Grand Dining Riverside

Day 5

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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