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Murray River Paddlesteamers - Paddlesteamer Emmylou & Port of Echuca

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by Lesley Mitchell (subscribe)
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Published July 24th 2012
Located in the quaint and historic town of Echuca, you'll find the wonderful Murray River Paddlesteamers.
Emmylou paddle steamer

Arriving in Echuca for a family vacation, we have decided to take a Paddle steamer cruise for the day - but which one? Finally, we decided on the Emmylou.

The P.S. Emmylou is powered by a completely restored 1906 steam engine. She was locally built around the 1980s in the style of classic 19th century paddleboats. She now lives in the Port of Echuca, along side the very few remaining paddlesteamers that become the living history of the past.
The beautifully restored steam engine

At 30 metres long and 10 metres wide, steel hulled and timber decked, she is a lovely girl to take a cruise on.

The children were quite excited to board the paddleboat and we settled in at the back immediately for a lovely cup of coffee and some snacks.

All the busyness of the day disappeared as she gently started cruising down the river. The staff were attentive and the food was lovely and somehow being served meals, whilst you're floating down the river, makes everything just that little bit more enjoyable.

Lovely meals served on board or just chips and ice cream with a coffee

We chose to take the one hour cruise. The Emmylou offers accommodation on board with 1, 2 and 3 night cruises available. Including lunch and evening meals. It would be a very relaxing vacation option.

However like us, you can decide on the spur of the moment on a daily cruise where you can relax and watch the world drift slowly by.

As we drifted along, watching the banks roll slowly by. We also discussed how lovely it would be to have a special event or a function on board the paddle steamer. You can charter the Emmylou for your special event. Including parties or even perhaps after the wedding.
Watching the world and other houseboats float by

Established in 1996, Murray River Paddlesteamers began their journey with The Pride of The Murray. Then expanding to include the P.S. Emmylou and the P.S. Canberra.

If eco tourism is of interest to you, you may like to know that this award winning company has greatly contributed to Echuca's thriving tourism industry whilst using renewable resources and keeping history alive. They are dedicated to the preservation and presentation of the vessels.

However (excuse the pun), this has not always been smooth sailing. In the efforts to restore the P.S. Canberra back to steam, they needed to fully convert her which took nearly twelve months and was only completed in 2003.
Looking more like an alien than a hefty steam engine

Daily Paddlesteamer Cruises
All three of the boats offer daily cruises and each appeals to different people for different reasons.

PS Emmylou is known as the darling of the group and offers meals and snacks onboard.

PS Canberra is a more traditional steamer and generally the choice for the steam buff.

Pride of the Murray is perfect for family groups and has good access for those with disabilities

Have a great cruise!

Phone: 03 5480 2237 - Fax: 03 5480 2927

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Why? Let the world drift by as you kick back and relax on the river
When: 7 days a week
Phone: 03 5480 2237
Where: Port of Echuca
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