Murray River Paddlesteamer Preferred Cruiseline

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The majestic PS Emmylou is one of the most recognisable and iconic Paddlesteamers in Australia, cruising the Murray River from Echuca, just 2.5 hours drive from Melbourne.

Named after the American country singer Emmylou Harris, PS Emmylou has been host to thousands of people, delighting even her namesake. PS Emmylou starred in the TV series All the Rivers Run in which she was renamed the PS Providence. Powered by a beautifully restored 1906 Marshall and Sons steam engine, Emmylou is now the only wood fired Paddlesteamer in the world offering regular scheduled accommodated river cruises.

The side wheel paddlesteamers are distinctly Australian having first plied the Murray river in 1853, they established a thriving industry which survived until rail and roads began to service the region near the turn of the century. By 1873 there were 240 boats trading along the Murray River. The inland prospered as trade and commence developed, and previously out of the way settlements were kept in touch with the cities. With the introduction of the railway, the paddlesteamers and their industrious crews progressively lost work until the riverboat industry was but a shadow of it’s illustrious past. The Murray River which includes the Darling and Murrumbidgee rivers is one of the longest river systems in the world. Although weirs have cut down the navigability of the river, the Murray alone still claims 2508 kilometres of meandering waters.


Inspired by Australia’s heartland, our menus take full advantage of our region’s diverse bounty of fresh, local ingredients to fashion authentic dishes.

Your Chef takes great care in ensuring all guests dietary requirements are catered for whilst our onboard staff will charm you with traditional Australian country hospitality and attentive service.

A typical day cruising starts with an delightful range of continental buffet choices, including fresh fruit, cereals and pastries or full English breakfast. Your Chef can also cook your favourite omelette or combination to order. Tea, coffee and a range of juices are always included with breakfast.

Lunches range from riverside picnics following onshore tours to extensive buffets and multi course dining featuring a choice of mains, salads, pastas, cold meats and deserts.

Dinner is the highlight of the day with multi course 3 to 5 course dinners served with a choice of regionally inspired main meals always offered. On 3 and 4 night cruises you will experience our signature Riverside Grand Dining. Dining under the stars is a special experience as your chef and crew serve you a delicious gourmet Australian BBQ. After dinner relax at the riverside campfire with your fellow passengers toasting marshmallow.

Choose to sit with fellow passengers or with your partner, the choice is yours on all PS Emmylou cruises.

A wide variety of drinks, including wine, beer, cocktails, aperitifs and soft drinks, are available from the bar. We are proud to support our fine local wineries including Victoria’s leading family-owned winery, Brown Brothers.


Gratuities to ships personell are not included in the cruise pricing please see Cruise Questions for advice.

Children Activities

Children are welcome and can be accommodated on the Emmylou and are welcome to join in on all the activities and shore excursions.

Experience the history and wildlife as it passes by