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Murray River Paddlesteamers - PS Emmylou

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Address: 57 Murray Esplanade | Port of Echuca, Echuca, Victoria 3564, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 5482 5244
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8:30 am - 11:59 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 11:59 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

The majestic PS Emmylou is one of the most recognisable and iconic...

The majestic PS Emmylou is one of the most recognisable and iconic paddlesteamers along the Murray River, often featuring as the unofficial flagship of Echuca.

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 in which she was renamed the PS Providence. Powered by a beautifully restored 1906 Marshall and Sons steam engine, the Emmylou journeys along the Murray offering a wide range of cruises

With an on-board Redgums Restaurant and 9 comfortable cabins accommodating 18 guests PS Emmylou is the most versatile of all boats. She provides daily short cruises, lunch and dinner cruises together with scheduled overnight, 2 and three night cruises.

The PS Emmylou is the only wood fired paddlesteamer in the world offering regular overnight cruising. Fuelled by redgum logs the Emmylou exudes old-world charm whilst offering modern luxury. The Emmylou accommodates weddings, corporate functions and private events.

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An interesting & enjoyable trip on an Australian paddle steamer

a pleasant one hour cruise on an old lady of the river boat era. Tickets can be purchased at the Murray River Paddlesteam's building in the old historic port precinct; they also... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Ray F
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

a pleasant one hour cruise on an old lady of the river boat era. Tickets can be purchased at the Murray River Paddlesteam's building in the old historic port precinct; they also have Echuca & paddle steamer souvenirs available here. They operate several boats, I decided on the PS Emmylou, which is also available for lunch & dinner cruises. I... More 

Thank Ray F
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

And a historical touchstone on this lovely old paddle steamer. We did a lunch package and the food was surprisingly good and comes with a glass of wine. The Murray itself is not the prettiest river, let's be honest, but it's worth a look for its cultural and historical value alone.

Thank Scott R
Canberra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We took a 1 hour cruise, great fun. Crew were friendly and welcoming. They run a number of cruises during the day so you can pick a time that's convenient for your stay. We had a lovely clear morning for our cruise and it was fascinating moving up the river and imagining how it must have been 100 years ago... More 

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Canberra ACT
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We opted for the longer paddle steamer cruise which provides lunch and were pleasantly surprised. The unusual beauty of the great Murray really drew us in as we cruised by stands of lovely eucalypts. The delicious lunch was freshly prepared onboard by a resident chef. Highly recommended experience which is quintessential Echuca.

Thank Robyn C
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take the 1hr cruise & it goes up the Murray river from Echuca, a delightful way to spend some time dreaming of the beyong days, where time didn't matter

Thank keith g
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great way to enjoy morning tea in Echuca. A big thank you to Kathy for her warm hospitality and welcoming smile. A relaxing experience highly recommend.

Thank Danielle H
Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had great cruise down murray river. Very imformative captain. We were able to take our little dog on cruise.

Thank Bundybear2
Craig B, Owner at Murray River Paddlesteamers - PS Emmylou, responded to this review

Dogs welcome...well within reason !! Yes we are pleased to welcome our four legged friends onboard but please remember we don't allow them in the dining area. Glad you had a great cruise Regards Craig Burgess Director More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This was OK and we did this as it is probably the only time we will visit Echuca. It was $38 each. We had to wait in a line for a very long time before boarding and it was hot with no shelter. Make sure you have a hat on while waiting. A jolly bunch of people boarded, which is... More 

Thank nonalyn60
Craig B, Owner at Murray River Paddlesteamers - PS Emmylou, responded to this review

Great feedback...we are onto it and have ordered so large market umbrella's to protect our guests from the hot sun prior to boarding. We want to provide a great experience everytime.....not just sometimes so thanks for taking the time to let us know we were not up to standard the day your visited all the way from NZ. We hope... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

We used a Scoopon for an overnight stay on the PS Emmy Lou. The boat has 7 cabins and most of these seemed to be booked. There is only one bathroom unfortunately which made it somewhat challenging. Our room was on the other side of the boat to the only upstairs toilet so we asked if we could move to... More 

Thank Knills
Craig B, Owner at Murray River Paddlesteamers - PS Emmylou, responded to this review

Many thanks for your kind review and glad you are able to take advantage of our limited Scoopon promotion earlier this year. Great to hear you enjoyed your overnight experience River Boat experience Cheers Craig Burgess Director More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

We spent a pleasant 55 minutes on the river on board the Emmylou. We booked the tickets online and selected the $10 add on at checkout for the Discovery Centre only to find it did not register which was disappointing. This would have been a significant saving on the $35 entry fee for adults. We arrived at the wharf 15... More 

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Craig B, Owner at Murray River Paddlesteamers - PS Emmylou, responded to this review

Sorry to hear that your experience aboard PS Emmylou was not up to our expected standards. We are so pleased you took advantage of the $10 addition for a tour of the Port of Echuca. It is not quite a saving of $35 as that includes a 1 hour Paddlesteamer Cruise also. If you were not able to take your... More 

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