RIVERS & TRAINS OF AUSTRALIA – Fly, Cruise, Rail & Stay 2021 – 17 Oct 2021 – Cruise Traveller

RIVERS & TRAINS OF AUSTRALIA – Fly, Cruise, Rail & Stay 2021

Cruise Line
Murray River Paddlesteamer
Ship
Emmylou
Package Departs
17 Oct 2021
Package Duration
10 Nights
Embark Ship
Echuca, Victoria, Australia
Disembark Ship
Echuca, Victoria, Australia
Upper Deck Twin Cabin - Oceanview Upper Deck Double Cabin - Oceanview
AU $5,995
per person
AU $6,125
per person

Package Duration: 10 nights Fly, Cruise, Rail & Stay
Package Starts: 17th October 2021 from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne
Cruise Starts: 18th October 2021 from Layfield Lane Port (near Echuca)
Cruise Ends: 24th October 2021 at Echuca
Train Starts: 26th October 2021 from Adelaide
Train Ends: 27th October 2021 to Sydney
Package Ends: 27th October 2021 to Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne

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HIGHLIGHTS:
– Travel on the iconic Indian Pacific Train from Adelaide to Sydney
– Visit Perricoota Station where All the Rivers Run was filmed
– Re-live the story watching the series with after-dinner movie nights
– A Signature Grand Dining Riverside experience whilst cruising
– Visit Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement and cruise PS Pyap
– Visit Lake Bogo Flying Boat Museum
– Visit Barmah Wetlands for a Eco Cruise
– Enjoy a city of Echuca visiting the historical sites
– Visit the region`s largest winery, St Anne`s for a cellar tour and complimentary tastings
– Enjoy fresh seasonal local produce prepared by your onboard Chef
– Sample a variety of locally produced wines
– Look for native wildlife in their natural environment
– Enjoy a local Skipper`s commentary
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*** Prices listed here are ex Sydney or Melbourne – for Brisbane guests a $300 pp surcharge applies **

RIVERS & TRAINS OF AUSTRALIA Fly, Cruise, Rail & Stay package prices include:
– One way economy class airfare from Sydney or Brisbane to Melbourne inc tax & luggage
– One way transfer from Melbourne airport to hotel (Sydney and Brisbane guests only)
– 1 night pre-cruise accommodation at the Pan Pacific Melbourne hotel
– One way transfer from Melbourne hotel to port at Layfield
– 6 night river cruise aboard the PS Emmylou from Layfield to Echuca
– Accommodation onboard in the cabin type chosen
– All shipboard meals
– Selected wines and beers with dinner service onboard
– Barista made espresso coffee, premium teas and soft drinks throughout the cruise
– A welcome cocktail or mocktail
– Complimentary bottled water and during excursions on river cruise
– Complimentary wi-fi in cabin and public areas
– Your own complimentary copy of All the Rivers Run written by Naco Cato in 1958
– A range of included authentic off-ship shore excursions with drivers and guides as per itinerary below
– All ship gratuities
– One way transfer from Echuca to Melbourne hotel post-cruise
– 1 nights accommodation post-cruise in Melbourne at the Pan Pacific hotel
– One way transfer from Melbourne hotel to airport
– One way economy class airfare from Melbourne to Adelaide
– One way transfer from Adelaide airport to hotel
– 1 nights accommodation in a 5-star hotel, Adelaide
– One way transfer from Adelaide hotel to train station
– 1 night/2 day Indian Pacific train journey from Adelaide to Sydney including: Accommodation in Gold Twin Class (bunk beds upper/lower with private facitilites) or Singles in Gold Single (single bed cabin) with shared bathroom facilities at end of carriage. Train journey includes all meals featuring regionally-inspired menus, All inclusive fine wines and beverages onboard and complimentary off-train experiences in Broken Hill. Upgrades available to Platinum cabins (price on request)
– One way transfer from Sydney train station to airport (Melbourne and Brisbane guests only)
– One way economy class airfare from Sydney to Brisbane or Melbourne

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CRUISE Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 1 | Monday
Departing our Layfield Lane mooring 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 whilst you enjoy dinner cruising the winding river. After dinner enjoy the first of four movie nights reliving the struggles of Philadelphia Gordon, played by Sigrid Thornton in the famous mini-series.

Day 2 | Tuesday
After enjoying your breakfast we depart on a half-day onshore excursion to the small town of Barmah. Here you will depart on 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. After your cruise enjoy a traditional Australian picnic lunch riverside before departing on St Anne`s winery for a cellar tour with the owners with tasting from the Barrel. be sure to try their famous fortified wines. This afternoon we continue to cruise downstream cruise towards our overnight bush mooring at Norris Bend. This evening your crew will set a roaring campfire on the banks where you can take in the stillness of the river. Watch out for Kangaroos having their evening run through the bush and listen to native Australian wildlife preparing for the night ahead.

Day 3 | Wednesday
This morning early risers and keen photographers can take bush walk and capture the special morning light and wildlife around Norris Bend before we steam towards Torrumbarry Weir departing on our day tour. We visit the lovely township of Kerang before arriving at Lake Boga Flying Boat Museum. Here you can view a restored Catalina PBY5 Flying boat which depicts the type and size of aircraft that were used as patrol bombers during World War II, visit the original underground communications bunker and watch a short video about the history of the depot. We then visit Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement. Take a walk down the main street and picture yourself in a rural settlement more than 100 years ago, with immaculately preserved and restored buildings and memorabilia as the perfect backdrop. Make sure you take time to view the PS Gem, once the most impressive passenger river paddlestreamers on the river. We then board PS Pyap for a cruise on the Murray before returning to Toorumbarry Weir. Tonight enjoy dinner overlooking the Weir and the second viewing of All the River Run.

Day 4 | Thursday
This morning enjoy a walk across the weir visiting the Interpretive Centre learning about the Murray Darling Basin, the Weir and lock system which dates back to 1923 before we depart for an afternoon of river cruising upstream towards Perricoota Station. Along the way you will have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the sight and sounds of the river, watch for the many species of river birds that abound the Upper Murray before we arriving mid-afternoon at Perricoota Station, one of the film sites for All the Rivers Run. The vast property was first settled by James Maiden in 1843 and was made famous for starring in the mini-series where PS Emmylou was renamed PS Providence. Upon arrival join the Skipper for a guided walking tour of the gardens and buildings learning about the Rich history of the property. Tonight enjoy pre-dinner drinks on the deck overlooking the River before enjoying dinner and movie night.

Day 5 | Friday
This morning PS Emmylou departs on a full day of cruising towards our Layfield Lane 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 upriver. Today your welcome to try your hand at steering the boat with the Skipper or learning how the 1906 steam engine works with the Engineer. Tonight, you will enjoy our signature Grand Dining gourmet Australian BBQ. Enjoy sampling the delicious range of Pacdon Park UK small goods for entrée before joining your fellow passengers at the riverside grand dining table, star lit by the Southern Cross and candles. After dinner enjoy some yarns sitting around the campfire before retiring for the evening

Day 6 | Saturday
Enjoy breakfast on the deck then relax as we cruise towards the Port of Echuca. This morning you depart on a fully narrated tour of Echuca, once the centre of Australia’s inland trade and thriving Port. You will visit historical sites and learn about the rich history of this beautiful riverside town. This afternoon and evening we cruise upstream from Echuca exploring the upper river enjoying dinner as the sun sets over the river. Tonight, enjoy the final special presentation of All the Rivers Run.

Day 7 | Sunday
This morning before breakfast early risers can enjoy a lagoon boardwalk above Horseshoe Lagoon before PS Emmylou departs for the Port of Echuca where we reluctantly say farewell.

Special Conditions

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (07Aug20). Some cabins may have obstructed views. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. Not included in your cruise fare: Personal expenses, onboard beverages or travel insurance. Offer ends 31Oct20 or until sold out/withdrawn and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. All airfare/taxes are due in full 24 hours from reservation after which strict cancellation/change fees apply. This ship has limited availability with a total of only 8 cabins onboard. Prices listed here are ex Sydney or Melbourne - for Brisbane guests a $300 pp surcharge applies

Special Validity Dates

Special is valid from 24 Aug 2020 to 31 Oct 2020 or until sold out/withdrawn.

Pre-cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
17 Oct 2021 Fly Sydney/Brisbane to Melbourne, Transfer to hotel
18 Oct 2021 Transfer to Layfield port, embark PS Emmylou paddlewheeler

Cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
18 Oct 2021
Echuca, Victoria, Australia
02:30 PM
19 Oct 2021
Murray River, Australia
20 Oct 2021
Swan Hill, Victoria, Australia
21 Oct 2021
Murray River, Australia
22 Oct 2021
Murray River, Australia
23 Oct 2021
Echuca, Victoria, Australia
24 Oct 2021
Echuca, Victoria, Australia
09:30 AM

Post-cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
24 Oct 2021 Transfer to hotel, Melbourne at leisure
25 Oct 2021 Transfer to airport, Fly Melbourne to Adelaide, Transfer to hotel
26 Oct 2021 Transfer to station, embark Indian Pacific train approx 10.15am
26 Oct 2021 Indian Pacific: visit to Broken Hill
27 Oct 2021 Indian Pacific: Train journey ends in Sydney approx 3.15pm
27 Oct 2021 Transfer to Syd Airport, Fly to Brisbane/Melbourne

All itineraries and ports of call at the discretion of the cruise line subject to local weather conditions and may change without notice.

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6 Night Cruise sailing from Echuca roundtrip aboard Emmylou.

We are delighted to introduce our new 6-night All the Rivers Run Cruise departing monthly from November. Sailing from Echuca the itinerary pays homage to its namesake novel, visiting Perricoota Station, embarking on new onshore tours, and partaking in movie nights viewing the 1984 movie adaptation, starring Emmylou as PS Providence.

This cruise relives the notion of living on the river, allowing guests to experience both the Upper and lower river from Echuca, with days spent listening to Kookaburras bursting into song or watching a flock of galahs playing in the distance. Evenings spent viewing the sunset through towering Red Gums and watching the rising moon will be lasting memories of this special river cruise.

Guests will also enjoy three onshore tours taking you further along the river to Swan Hill visiting the Pioneer Settlement with includes a cruise along the river aboard PS Pyap. A feature of this cruise is a narrated tour of Echuca, founded by Henry Hopwood where you will visit little known historical sites learning about the rich history of this beautiful river port town, once Australia’s largest inland port with over 100 Paddlesteamers.

Day 1 Monday
Departing our Layfield Lane mooring 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 whilst you enjoy dinner cruising the winding river.

After dinner enjoy the first of four movie nights reliving the struggles of Philadelphia Gordon, played by Sigrid Thornton in the famous mini-series.

Day 2 Tuesday
After enjoying your breakfast we depart on a half-day onshore excursion to the small town of Barmah. Here you will depart on 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.

After your cruise enjoy a traditional Australian picnic lunch riverside before departing on St Annes winery for a cellar tour with the owners with tasting from the Barrel. be sure to try their famous fortified wines.

This afternoon we continue to cruise downstream cruise towards our overnight bush mooring at Norris Bend. This evening your crew will set a roaring campfire on the banks where you can take in the stillness of the river. Watch out for Kangaroos having their evening run through the bush and listen to native Australian wildlife preparing for the night ahead.

Day 3 Wednesday
This morning early risers and keen photographers can take bush walk and capture the special morning light and wildlife around Norris Bend before we steam towards Torrumbarry Weir departing on our day tour.

We visit the lovely township of Kerang before arriving at Lake Boga Flying Boat Museum. Here you can view a restored Catalina PBY5 Flying boat which depicts the type and size of aircraft that were used as patrol bombers during World War II, visit the original underground communications bunker and watch a short video about the history of the depot.

We then visit Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement. Take a walk down the main street and picture yourself in a rural settlement more than 100 years ago, with immaculately preserved and restored buildings and memorabilia as the perfect backdrop. Make sure you take time to view the PS Gem, once the most impressive passenger river paddlestreamers on the river. We then board PS Pyap for a cruise on the Murray before returning to Toorumbarry Weir.

Tonight enjoy dinner overlooking the Weir and the second viewing of All the River Run.

Day 4 Thursday
This morning enjoy a walk across the weir visiting the Interpretive Centre learning about the Murray Darling Basin, the Weir and lock system which dates back to 1923 before we depart for an afternoon of river cruising upstream towards Perricoota Station. Along the way you will have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the sight and sounds of the river, watch for the many species of river birds that abound the Upper Murray before we arriving mid-afternoon at Perricoota Station, one of the film sites for All the Rivers Run.

The vast property was first settled by James Maiden in 1843 and was made famous for starring in the mini-series where PS Emmylou was renamed PS Providence. Upon arrival join the Skipper for a guided walking tour of the gardens and buildings learning about the Rich history of the property.

Tonight enjoy pre-dinner drinks on the deck overlooking the River before enjoying dinner and movie night.

Day 5 Friday
This morning PS Emmylou departs on a full day of cruising towards our Layfield Lane 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 upriver.

Today your welcome to try your hand at steering the boat with the Skipper or learning how the 1906 steam engine works with the Engineer.

Tonight, you will enjoy our signature Grand Dining gourmet Australian BBQ. Enjoy sampling the delicious range of Pacdon Park UK small goods for entrée before joining your fellow passengers at the riverside grand dining table, star lit by the Southern Cross and candles. After dinner enjoy some yarns sitting around the campfire before retiring for the evening

Day 6 Saturday
Enjoy breakfast on the deck then relax as we cruise towards the Port of Echuca. This morning you depart on a fully narrated tour of Echuca, once the centre of Australia’s inland trade and thriving Port.

You will visit historical sites and learn about the rich history of this beautiful riverside town. This afternoon and evening we cruise upstream from Echuca exploring the upper river enjoying dinner as the sun sets over the river. Tonight, enjoy the final special presentation of All the Rivers Run.

Overnight at Horseshoe Lagoon.

Day 7 Sunday
This morning before breakfast early risers can enjoy a lagoon boardwalk above Horseshoe Lagoon before PS Emmylou departs for the Port of Echuca where we reluctantly say farewell.

PS Emmylou, the world’s only wood-fired cruising paddlesteamer reminds us of the romantic days of the paddlesteamers and is now an Australian Icon of the River. Built locally during 1980-82 in the style of the 19th century paddlesteamers, she is perfectly at home at the Port of Echuca, residing with the last few remaining paddlesteamers of the past. She is 30 metres long and 10 metres wide, steel hulled and timber decked. During 2018 PS Emmylou underwent a specially designed luxury upgrade and fit out. The new contemporary cabins and ensuites include fine linens topped with silky duvets, with the boats’ premier cabin, the Emmylou Suite located on the front Upper Deck, with French Doors opening to a deck and 180 degree views of the river. Guests can enjoy small boat boutique cruising at it’s finest with just 16 guests comfortably accommodated in 8 deluxe cabins.

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Length: 100 feet
  • Maiden Voyage: 1982
  • Refurbished: 2018
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 16
  • Crew Nationality: Australian
  • Officer Nationality: Australian
  • Dining Staff Nationality: Australian
  • Ship Registration: Australia

Ship Facilities

  • Sun Decks
  • Dining Area
  • Bar
  • Galley
  • Front Lounge

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.

The side wheel paddlesteamers are distinctly Australian having first plied the Murray river in 1853, they established a thriving industry which survived until rail and roads began to service the region near the turn of the century. By 1873 there were 240 boats trading along the Murray River. The inland prospered as trade and commence developed, and previously out of the way settlements were kept in touch with the cities. With the introduction of the railway, the paddlesteamers and their industrious crews progressively lost work until the riverboat industry was but a shadow of it’s illustrious past. The Murray River which includes the Darling and Murrumbidgee rivers is one of the longest river systems in the world. Although weirs have cut down the navigability of the river, the Murray alone still claims 2508 kilometres of meandering waters.

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