Murray River Discovery Cruise

Murrary River, Echuca

Local produced food and wine gourmet experience, Red Gum Forests and wildlife in abundance are highlights of this relaxed cruise. Experience the Upper Murraylands cruise on this boutique wood fuelled paddle steamer Emmylou.

Experience the popular 3 Night Discovery cruise will connect you to Australian history, geography, culture and cuisine along Australia’s longest and most famous Murray River. Enjoy bespoke riverside dining, campfires, day & night cruising to see the river from a different perspective and travel on a half day excursion to world heritage wetlands for a small boat Eco cruise with lunch at a riverside winery.


  • 3 Nights accommodation in cabin with own ensuite
  • Air conditioned cabins
  • Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
  • Complimentary transfer to/from local Hotels within Echuca
  • Chef prepared meals
  • Espresso coffee, tea and bottled water
  • Complimentary wifi throughout the boat


  • Riverside grand dining under the stars
  • Visit Barmah Wetlands for an Eco Cruise
  • Overnight mooring and guided tour of the gardens at Perricoota Station Estate
  • Visit the Regions largest winery, At Anne’s for a cellar tour and complimentary tastings
  • Enjoy the produce of Pacdon Park fine UK small goods
  • Fresh seasonal local produce prepared by your onboard chef
  • Sample a variety of locally produced wines
  • Native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Local Skipper commentary


Day 1

Departing Echuca and steam 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.

Day 2

This morning depart on a half day excursion travelling 30 minutes to the small town of Barmah. Here you depart 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.

We then enjoy a traditional Australian picnic lunch riverside before we continue to visit the region’s largest winery, St Annes where you will enjoy a short winery tour provided by the owners and then taste their fabulous table and fortified wines.

Arriving back at Perricoota Station it is time to join the Skipper for a guided tour of the buildings and vast gardens scattered with old date palms before Emmylou continues upriver towards Deep Creek Marina.  Tonight, after you have enjoyed your dinner, it’s Movie Night, with a special presentation of “Riverboats Remembered” a fabulous historical presentation about the riverboats of the early 1900’s through to the mid 1970’s.

Day 3

This morning PS Emmylou departs on a full day of cruising towards our Layfield 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 upstream.

Today you can learn how the 1906 steam engine works with an informative chat from the Engineer. Tonight, enjoy sampling the delicious range of Pacdon Park UK small good for entree before joining your fellow passengers for a signature Grand Dining gourmet Australian BBQ on the river bank.  After dinner enjoy some yarns sitting around the campfire before retiring for the evening.

Day 4

This morning before breakfast early risers can enjoy a riverside stroll before PS Emmylou departs for the Port of Echuca, where farewells can be reluctant.



On the Emmylou there are just 8 cabins and a maximum of 16 passengers you can be sure of excellent attention and service form friendly and professional crew. Perfect for a small group that wants to have the boat to themselves. All river journey cruises are fully inclusive of all meals and onshore tours. Restaurant, bar, under the stars deck dining, AC 240 volt power, Free Wi-Fi, on-board account for drinks and souvenirs, hair dryers, air conditioning /heating, tea and coffee facilities.


Dinning is open air, allowing you to enjoy the experience of cruising. The onboard Chef takes full advantage of the  rich and diverse bounty of fresh, local ingredients to fashion uniquely Australian dishes whilst staff charm you with friendly local hospitality and attentive service. All meals are fully inclusive of your tour price and most dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notice. The bar stocks a range of drinks for purchase to enjoy with your meal.

About the P.S. Emmylou

The Paddle Steamer Emmylou is one of the most recognisable and iconic paddlesteamers along the Murray River, Echuca. The PS Emmylou is the only wood fired paddlesteamer in the world offering regular overnight cruising. Powered by a beautifully restored 1906 Marshall and Sons steam engine. Fuelled by redgum logs the Emmylou exudes old-world charm whilst offering modern comfort in recently refurbished cabins.

The Emmylou was named after the country singer Emmylou Harris, the PS Emmylou has been host to thousands of people, delighting even her namesake during the late 1980s. Alongside the PS Pevensey, the PS Emmylou starred in the TV series ‘All the Rivers Run’ renamed for the TV series as the PS Providence. Step back in time and let Emmylou connect you to Australian history, geography, culture and cuisine. You will enjoy riverside campfires, BBQ’s, winery visits, world heritage wetlands and cultural experience, all whilst enjoying the sights and sounds of Australia’s most famous river, the Murray!


The 8 cabins provide you with a choice of accommodation to suit you and your travel companion, as well as your budget. All cabins have been recently refurbished, so they are all lovely.


  • Private group charters are available
  • Cruise departs Port of Echuca, Riverboat Dock, on Monday at 2:30pm and returns to Echuca on Thursday morning at 9:30am
  • Itinerary is subject to change
  • Pre and post accommodation is available
  • Transfers from Melbourne or Bendigo can be arranged
  • Self drive – Car parking is $25 per night
  • 3 Night / 4 Day
  • Emmylou Suite Queen Suite $2,040
  • Upper Deck Queen Cabin $1,710
  • Upper Deck Double Cabin $1,650
  • Upper Deck Twin Cabin $1,650
  • Main Deck Queen Cabin $1,710

Booking Enquiry

Cost is based on twin share.  Single supplement/own room may be an option.  All is subject to availability. Other dates and extended cruises are available upon enquiry. Booking form and payments are required by Travel With A Difference. Deposit and final payments are terms and conditions stipulated by Murray River Cruises.   Travel With A Difference booking and conditions apply. Travel insurance is highly recommended.