PS Emmylou

Echuca Houseboats

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Revisit the romance of Australia's Paddlesteamers

Enjoy the spectacular scenery of Australia's longest river, The Murray, aboard the world's only cruising wood-fired paddlesteamer and Australia's most luxurious boutique river cruise. PS Emmylou will step you back to the romantic days of Australia's Paddlesteamers. The side-wheel paddlesteamers are distinctly Australian having first plied the Murray river in 1853, establishing a thriving industry which survived until rail and roads began to service the region near the turn of the century. Whether your a nature lover, a budding historian or culture enthusiast, a leisurely journey on PS Emmylou will delve you into the beauty and pioneering history of the Murray River.


The Journey

Guests can choose between 1 to 4 night tours cruising up to 180km's of the winding upper Murray river. Cruising aboard a traditional wood fired paddlesteamer engages your senses from the moment you board: feel the warmth of the 1906 steam engine as the engineer stokes the boiler with Redgum logs, climb up to the wheelhouse to chat to the Skipper, or just sit and gaze at the changing reflections in the water and listen to the lilting rhythm and swish of the paddlewheels as PS Emmylou takes you back to a bygone era of romantic travel.

During extended 2 to 4 night tours, 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.

Life on Board

PS Emmylou recently underwent a specially designed luxury upgrade, guests can now enjoy the warm and inviting atmosphere of a mid-1800’s riverboat charm in modern comfort and conveniences with a choice of contemporary deluxe cabins with fine linens and plush bedding. Twin, Double and Queen Cabins are all fitted with a private en suite and have complimentary wi-fi. The premium cabin, the Emmylou Queen Suite, is located at the front of the boat with French doors that open out onto the deck and a seating area to relax with a drink as you watch the riverbanks drift by. Dining is an Australian epicurean affair as the on-board chef creates dishes with a diverse range of fresh, local ingredients which are all inclusive throughout your journey. Perhaps the highlight of your Murray River experience is the opportunity to dine under the stars on the river bank with a toasty campfire – a memorable bush experience

For more information and bookings please visit:

Map & Directions

Riverboat Dock, Watson Street, Echuca, VIC, 3564, Australia

Phone 03 5482 5244