For a sense of nostalgia, a ride aboard a paddle steamer is a must. Watch the boiler being stoked, listen for the distinctive steam whistle and imagine life 150 years ago. Echuca Moama is the home of the paddlesteamer, with a fleet of authentically restored riverboats and a historic wharf. Mildura, Yarrawonga and Swan Hill also offer daily paddlesteamer cruises.
From the PS Hero (built in 1874) right up to the famous Emmylou (named after country singer Emmylou Harris and built in 1980), the Murray is home to more than 10 working riverboats. You might even recall the paddlesteamers from the popular Australian TV series 'All the Rivers Run' filmed in Echuca on the PS Pevensey (you will remember it better as PS Philadelphia).
Take a cruise and see the Murray from a new perspective. Many cruises offer on-board commentary as well as snacks and refreshments from local producers.
For a special occasion, some paddlesteamers can be booked for private functions. Celebrate in style as you cruise the Murray on your special day.
- P.S. Cumberoona (built 1906)
- P.S. Alexander Arbuthnot (1923 – built in Koondrook)
- P.S. Pevensey (1911 – built in Moama)
- P.S. Adelaide (1866 – built in Echuca)
- P.S. Emmylou (1980 – built in Echuca)
- P.S. Canberra (1912 – built in Goolwa)
- P.S. Success (1877 – built in Moama; under restoration at Port of Echuca)
- P.S. Hero (1874 – built in Echuca)
- Pride of the Murray (1924 – built in Echuca - now located in Longreach)
- P.V. Pyap (1896 – built in Mannum)
- P.S. Gem (1876 – built in Moama)
- P.S. Melbourne (1912 – built in Koondrook)
- P.V. Rothbury (1881 – Gunbower)
- P.B Mundoo (1987 – Goolwa)
- P.S. Ruby (1907)