Following a luxury upgrade and fit out, the Emmylou will launch with an extended programme. Taking passengers through some of the most intact ecological forests, to places of geographic, historic and Aboriginal cultural significance, the PS Emmylou travels along the world’s third longest navigable river to world heritage wetlands and the world’s largest red gum forest. With only nine cabins, the boutique steam-powered cruise is able to moor alongside river wineries, drop in to local producers, pause to explore heritage sites such as the 1860s Perricoota Station, and access ancient Murray River tributaries on the MV Kingfisher with an environmental specialist. Onboard dining, prepared by the Emmylou’s chef, features local food and wine from across the Heathcote and Perricoota wine regions. Riverside campfires are offered in the evening.
Cruises include one night for weekend escapes and two, three or four-night upper Murray River Cruising:
- Two-night ‘Highlights’ has an eco and wine focus;
- Three-night offers ‘Discovery’ cruise;
Four-night offers ‘Explorer’ cruise covering 160 river kilometres. New onshore experiences in the two to four-night river cruises include:
- Overnight mooring at historic Perricoota Station with guided tour, and dining in the mansion’s Packing Shed;
- Guided eco tour aboard MV Kingfisher at the World Heritage listed Barmah Wetlands with over 230 bird species;
- Wine and providore tours visiting local farms with artisanal produce and lunch at the riverside Morrisons Winery.