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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.
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.
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
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.
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