Enjoy 3 days expoloring the wonderful city of Melbourne, including a full day tour to the beautiful Great Ocean Road, before embarking on a part of Australian heritage. 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.
Emmylou was recently relaunched as Australia's most luxurious boutique inland river cruise after her cabins were refitted to a luxury standard with ensuites, including the new Emmylou Suite. Step back in time and let Emmylou connect you to Australian history, geography, culture and cuisine. 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.
Melbourne & the PS Emmylou Murray River Cruise includes:
- 3 nights pre tour accommodation in Melbourne
- Great Ocean Road Day Tour
- Round trip transfers from Melbourne to Echuca
- 4 nights full board on PS Emmylou
Day 1 - Melbourne
Arrive in Melbourne, check into your chosen hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
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Day 2 - Melbourne & the Great Ocean road
Enjoy a full day tour to the Great Ocean Road.
The Great Ocean Road tour is a journey along one of the world’s most spectacular coastal drives! Twist and the wind along the spectacular Great Ocean Road enjoying awesome coastal photo opportunities. Along the way stop to see cuddly koalas in the wild and an abundance of other Australian wildlife. Witness the magnificent surf beaches. Enjoy a guided walk amongst the ancient rainforest. Then arrive at the 12 Apostles to witness the marvel of these gigantic limestone stacks located in Port Campbell National Park.
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Day 3 - Melbourne
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Melbourne
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Day 4 - - PS Emmylou dep Monday
Departing at 10.30am from your Hotel you travel to Echuca arriving at the historical Port of Echuca to board your cruise departing at 2.30pm. Departing Echuca downriver, enjoy afternoon tea as you begin to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the river. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner and watch for kangaroos, 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.
Day 5 - PS Emmylou - Tuesday
This morning you depart for Restdown Winery where you will enjoy a guided wetlands walk of early Aboriginal significance followed by a gourmet lunch with complementary wine tastings. Then visit Arbuthnot Redgum Sawmill dating back to 1889 for a short tour of the redgum mill before arriving at Torrumbarry Weir where you can learn about the Weir and lock system. This afternoon cruise towards the 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 the mid 1850’s.
Day 6 - PS Emmylou - Wednesday
This morning Emmylou steams towards Perricoota Station where you can join the Skipper for a guided walking tour of the gardens before departing to the small town of Barmah. Enjoy a picnic lunch riverside before departing on your guided Eco Cruise, where you can get up close to Australian nature and wildlife gliding through the World-Heritage listed Barmah Wetlands aboard the MV Kingfisher. It is then time to rejoin PS Emmylou as you continue cruising upriver towards your overnight mooring at Deep Creek Marina.
Day 7 - PS Emmylou - Thursday
This morning depart for a full days cruising towards the Layfield Lane mooring. Enjoy breakfast on the deck then relax with a good book or just take in the river views and wildlife. Tonight, you will enjoy a signature Grand Dining gourmet Australian BBQ. Enjoy sampling the delicious range of Pacdon Park UK small goods for entrée before enjoying dinner under the stars followed by some yarns sitting around the campfire before retiring for the evening.
Day 8 - Return to Melbourne - Friday
Enjoy an early morning walk along the riverbank before breakfast as you cruise back to Echuca where you say a reluctant farewell arriving at 9.30am. If you have chosen return transfers to Melbourne your coach will be ready for your return journey to Melbourne Airport or CBD drop offs arriving at 2.30pm.
Rydges Hotel, Melbourne Holidays
Rydges is located in Melbourne CBD, in the heart of the theatre district. All air-conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen TV and free WiFi. The roof area boasts a heated roof-top pool and a fitness centre.
The Langham, Melbourne Holidays
Situated on the banks of the Yarra River, The Langham Melbourne features an indoor swimming pool with views across the city. The elegant interior includes a grand marble staircase, cascading fountains and magnificent chandeliers.
Pelicans on the river
PS Emmylou Captain
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