Murray River Paddlesteamer - 4 night River Cruise - 21st March 2022

Australian Rivers

Inclusions

Duration: 4 nights Cruise Only
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During this cruise step off the vessel to experience tours highlighting places of geographical, historical and Aboriginal cultural significance as well as some quaint riverside wineries. Visit the Toorumbarry Weir to learn about the basin and lock system and tour the historic Perricoota Station, first built in 1843 and Arbuthnot Red Gum Sawmill for an insight into the history of the area. Tour Restdown Winery, an organic wine producer and enjoy a local lunch with the owners. Stretch your legs on a wetlands walk to learn of the Aboriginal heritage of this land and embark on a small boat eco-cruise through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Barmah Forest in search of local flora and birdlife in the world`s longest strand of Red River Gum. With evenings spent on the river bank around a campfire and under a beautiful night sky, this journey is sure to be a highlight of your holiday.

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Cruise Only prices include:
- 4 night river cruise aboard the PS Emmylou round trip from Echuca, Victoria
- Accommodation onboard in the cabin type chosen
- All shipboard meals
- Selected wines and beers with dinner service
- Barista made espresso coffee, premium teas and soft drinks throughout the cruise
- A welcome cocktail or mocktail
- Complimentary bottled water and during excursions
- 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
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Optional extras:
The following items can be added to your cruise fare as per the charges listed below.

1. Return transfers (shared bus) from Melbourne to Echuca to Melbourne - Twin share $310 per person or Single $520
2. One night Melbourne Hotel stay pre-cruise with return transfers Melbourne -Echuca - Melbourne - Twin share $435 or Single $770
3. Return transfers (shared bus) from Bendigo to Echuca to Bendigo - Twin share $210 per person or Single $320
4. Self Drive car parking at Echuca - $20 per car per night

Day to Day 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

Explore over 190kms of leisurely cruising on Australia`s longest river. Cruising aboard a traditional wood-fired paddlesteamer on this 4 night Murray River cruise engages your senses from the moment you board.

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 Providence.

TUESDAY
This morning we depart for our half-day 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 complimentary wine tastings. This afternoon we continue cruising downstream arriving early evening 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. 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 1850’s along the Murray River.

WEDNESDAY
This morning we steam upstream towards Perricoota Station where we depart on a half-day excursion.

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.

Arriving back at Perriccoota Station join a guided walking tour of the buildings and vast
gardens scattered with old date palms before PS Emmylou continues towards our overnight mooring at Deep Creek Marina.

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.

FRIDAY
Time for an early morning bush walk or relax over breakfast as we cruise back to Echuca arriving at 9.30am where we reluctantly say farewell .

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Pricing (per person)

  • All (5)
Twin

Upper Deck Twin Cabin

AU $2,150

Upper Deck Double Cabin

AU $2,200

Main Deck Queen Cabin

AU $2,250

Upper Deck Queen Cabin

AU $2,250

Emmylou Suite

AU $2,500

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 (04Dec20). 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. Single occupancy is an extra 60% on top of the twin share per person pricing and is subject to limited availability. Not included in your cruise fare: Visas, Flights, Optional transfers to/from Melbourne, Optional pre/post hotel stays, Personal expenses, Car parking or travel insurance. Offer subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.