AUSTRALIAN PADDLE WHEELS & TRAIN TRACKS - from Sydney - 11 Jul 2021

Australian Rivers

Inclusions

Package Duration:10 nights Fly, River Cruise, Rail & Stay
Package Starts: 11th July 2021 - from Sydney
Cruise Starts: 12th July 2021 - from Echuca
Cruise Ends: 16th July 2021 - to Echuca
Train Starts: 20th July 2021 - from Adelaide
Train Ends: 21st July 2021 - into Sydney
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*** Prices listed here are ex Sydney only **


AUSTRALIAN PADDLE WHEELS & TRAIN TRACKS Fly, Cruise, Rail & Stay package prices include:
- One way economy class airfare from Sydney to Melbourne inc tax & luggage
- One way transfer from Melbourne airport to hotel
- 1 night pre-cruise accommodation at the Pan Pacific Melbourne hotel
- One way transfer from Melbourne hotel to port at Layfield
- 4 night river cruise aboard the PS Emmylou round trip from Echuca
- Accommodation onboard in the cabin type chosen
- All shipboard meals
- Selected wines and beers with dinner service onboard
- Barista made espresso coffee, premium teas and soft drinks throughout the cruise
- A welcome cocktail or mocktail
- Complimentary bottled water and during excursions on river cruise
- Complimentary wi-fi in cabin and public areas
- A range of included authentic off-ship shore excursions with drivers and guides as per itinerary below
- All ship gratuities
- One way transfer from Echuca to Melbourne hotel post-cruise
- 1 nights accommodation post-cruise in Melbourne at the Pan Pacific hotel
- One way transfer from Melbourne hotel to airport
- One way economy class airfare from Melbourne to Adelaide
- One way transfer from Adelaide airport to hotel
- 3 nights accommodation in a 5-star hotel, Adelaide
- One way transfer from Adelaide hotel to train station
- 1 night/2 day Indian Pacific train journey from Adelaide to Sydney including: Accommodation in Gold Twin Class (bunk beds upper/lower with private facilities) or Singles in Gold Single (single bed cabin) with shared bathroom facilities at end of carriage. Train journey includes all meals featuring regionally-inspired menus, All inclusive fine wines and beverages onboard and complimentary off-train experiences in Broken Hill. (Upgrades available to Platinum cabins (price on request)).
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Day to Day River Cruise Itinerary:
Day 1 | Monday - Emmylou in steam side on Perricoota Station
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. Tonight, we moor at the famous Perricoota Station. Rich in history, the property was first settled by James Maiden in 1843, and famous for starring in the TV movie `All the Rivers Run` where PS Emmylou was renamed PS Philadelphia.

Day 2 | Tuesday - Lunch at Restdwon Winery | Aboriginal Scar tree
Wake to a morning self-guided walk around the building and vast gardens scattered with old date palms before enjoying breakfast. We then depart for our onshore tour visiting Restdown Winery, producers of fine organic wines and Hereford beef. Here you will enjoy a guided 1.4km wetlands walking trail of early Aboriginal significance with the owners followed by a gourmet lunch of local produce with complementary wine tastings. We then visit Arbuthnot Redgum Sawmill dating back to 1889 for a short tour of the redgum mill before arriving at Torrumbarry Weir and PS Emmylou. 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. This afternoon we cruise towards our overnight bush mooring at Norris Bend. After dinner it is movie night, with a special presentation of `Riverboats Remembered` a fabulous historical presentation about the riverboats of mid 1850`s along the Murray River.

Day 3 | Wednesday - Perricoota Station, Barmah Wetlands
This morning early risers and keen photographers can take bush walk and capture the special morning light and wildlife around Norris Bend before we steam towards Perricoota Station. Upon arrival join the Skipper for a guided walking tour of the gardens and buildings before you depart on a half day excursion travelling 30 minutes to the small town of Barmah. Enjoy a traditional Australian picnic lunch riverside before departing on your guided Eco Cruise, where you can get up close to Australian nature and wildlife. Nowhere else in the world can you experience such timeless, natural beauty and peace as when you are gliding through the World-Heritage listed Barmah Wetlands aboard the MV Kingfisher. You will understand why they have been named `Wetlands of International Importance` as you slip quietly across the water in the dappled shade of towering gums of the world`s largest single stand of River Red Gum. It is then time to re-join PS Emmylou and relax as we continue our cruise upriver towards our overnight mooring at Deep Creek Marina. Tonight, enjoy dinner service as Emmylou cruises at dusk with her powerful lamps lighting up the banks of the river as the local wildlife begin their evening chorus. Watch for kangaroos, egrets and many other species of birds as the stars begin to appear over the river.

Day 4 | Thursday - Scenic cruising on Murray River
This morning PS Emmylou departs on a full day of cruising towards our Layfield Lane Mooring. Enjoy breakfast on the deck then relax with a good book or just take in the river views and wildlife as Emmylou steams her way upriver. Today your welcome to try your hand at steering the boat with the Skipper or learning how the 1906 steam engine works with the Engineer. Tonight, you will enjoy our signature Grand Dining gourmet Australian BBQ. Enjoy sampling the delicious range of Pacdon Park UK small goods for entrée before joining your fellow passengers at the riverside grand dining table, star lit by the Southern Cross and candles. After dinner enjoy some yarns sitting around the campfire before retiring for the evening

Day 5 | Friday - Disembark Echuca
This morning before breakfast early rises can enjoy a riverside stroll before PS Emmylou then departs for the Port of Echuca where we reluctantly say farewell.

Details

An amazing 10 night Australian focused holiday including Murray River Paddlesteamers & the Indian Pacific train! CTV

4 Night Murray River Cruise sailing from Echuca roundtrip aboard Emmylou.

Please note: Cruises departing 22 July 2021, 19 August 2021, 09 September 2021 and 07 October 2021 all depart on a Thursday not Monday as outlined below.

MONDAY
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.

Tonight, we moor at the famous Perricoota Station. Rich in history, the property was first settled by James Maiden in 1843, and famous for starring in the TV movie “All the River Run” where PS Emmylou was renamed PS Philadelphia.

TUESDAY
Wake to a morning self-guided walk around the building and vast gardens scattered with old date palms before enjoying breakfast. We then depart for our onshore tour visiting Restdown Winery, producers of fine organic wines and Hereford beef. Here you will enjoy a guided 1.4km wetlands walking trail of early Aboriginal significance with the owners followed by a gourmet lunch of local produce with complementary wine tastings.

We then visit Arbuthnot Redgum Sawmill dating back to 1889 for a short tour of the redgum mill before arriving at Torrumbarry Weir and PS Emmylou. 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.

This afternoon we cruise towards our overnight bush mooring at Norris Bend. After dinner it is movie night, with a special presentation of “Riverboats Remembered” a fabulous historical presentation about the riverboats of mid 1850’s along the Murray River.

WEDNESDAY
This morning early risers and keen photographers can take bush walk and capture the special morning light and wildlife around Norris Bend before we steam towards Perricoota Station. Upon arrival join the Skipper for a guided walking tour of the gardens and buildings before you depart on a half day excursion travelling 30 minutes to the small town of Barmah.

Enjoy a traditional Australian picnic lunch riverside before departing on your guided Eco Cruise, where you can get up close to Australian nature and wildlife. Nowhere else in the world can you experience such timeless, natural beauty and peace as when you are gliding through the World-Heritage listed Barmah Wetlands aboard the MV Kingfisher.

You will understand why they have been named “Wetlands of International Importance” as you slip quietly across the water in the dappled shade of towering gums of the world’s largest single stand of River Red Gum.

It is then time to re-join PS Emmylou and relax as we continue our cruise upriver towards our overnight mooring at Deep Creek Marina. Tonight, enjoy dinner service as Emmylou cruises at dusk with her powerful lamps lighting up the banks of the river as the local wildlife begin their evening chorus. Watch for kangaroos, egrets and many other species of birds as the stars begin to appear over the river.

THURSDAY
This morning PS Emmylou departs on a full day of cruising towards our Layfield Lane Mooring. Enjoy breakfast on the deck then relax with a good book or just take in the river views and wildlife as Emmylou steams her way upriver. Today your welcome to try your hand at steering the boat with the Skipper or learning how the 1906 steam engine works with the Engineer.

Tonight, you will enjoy our signature Grand Dining gourmet Australian BBQ. Enjoy sampling the delicious range of Pacdon Park UK small goods for entrée before joining your fellow passengers at the riverside grand dining table, star lit by the Southern Cross and candles. After dinner enjoy some yarns sitting around the campfire before retiring for the evening.

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

Please select your cabin type to enquire

Pricing (per person)

  • All (4)
Twin

Upper Deck Twin Cabin

AU $4,595

Upper Deck Double Cabin

AU $4,695

Main Deck Queen Cabin

AU $4,740

Upper Deck Queen Cabin

AU $4,740

Terms & Conditions

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (27Aug20). Some cabins may have obstructed views. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. Not included in your cruise fare: Personal expenses, onboard beverages or travel insurance. Offer ends 31Oct20 or until sold out/withdrawn and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. All airfare/taxes are due in full 24 hours from reservation after which strict cancellation/change fees apply. This ship has limited availability with a total of only 8 cabins onboard. Prices listed here are ex Sydney only.