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Paddle steamers

Connect with the Murray River's pioneering heritage on a journey aboard an historic paddle steamer. Drift through the calm waters, watch out for local wildlife and get a glimpse of how life used to be.

Head downstream

Soak up the serenity of the Murray region and spend a few nights drifting downriver on a paddle steamer cruise. Watch the boiler being stoked and listen out for the steam whistle as you take in the rugged Murray landscape.

Day trips and bookings

Don't miss out on a quintessential Murray River experience. Book in for a lunchtime cruise onboard, enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea, or dine on the water with the Murray sunset as your background. Paddle steamers are also available for weddings, conferences and private functions and leave from Echuca-Moama, Mildura, Swan Hill and Yarrawonga-Mulwala.

Echuca and surrounds:

Paddle Steamer Emmylou
Reconnect and refresh with an overnight cruise on the Emmylou and listen to the sounds of native birds as the sun sets. Reserve your cabin for a one or two night passage or a shorter excursion of 1 hour or 1.5 hours with or without dining.
57 Murray Street, Echuca
Ph 03 5482 5244 

P.S. Adelaide
Pay a visit to P.S. Adelaide, the oldest wooden hulled paddle steamer still operating. Built in 1866, she took up residence in Echuca's Hopwood Gardens in 1964, where she lay for 20 years. She is now moored at the Echuca Wharf where she is available to book for special occasions.
Murray Esplanade, Echuca
Ph 03 5482 4248

P.S. Alexander Arbuthnot
Hop aboard the P.S. Alexander Arbuthnot, the last steamer built on the Murray during the riverboat trade. During WWII, she lay idle and sank at her moorings but was raised in 1972. Today, P.S. Alexander Arbuthnot cruises daily from the Port of Echuca and can carry up to 47 passengers.
Murray Esplanade, Echuca
Ph 03 5482 4248

P.S. Pevensey
Take off on a river adventure on a former cargo boat that used to serve station properties along the Murray. After catching fire in 1932 the Pevensey was rebuilt, but later became a floating museum. Brought in for port restoration in 1973, she was refloated in 1976 and now runs daily cruises.
Murray Esplanade, Echuca
Ph 03 5482 4248

P.S. Canberra
Experience the Murray River onboard the historic P.S. Canberra, built in 1912. Enjoy the Captain's commentary as you drift down the river. Get the kids to have a go at steering and make sure you inspect the steam engine.
Murray Esplanade, Echuca
Ph 03 5482 5244

The Pride of the Murray
Listen to the gentle splashing of the paddlewheels as you enjoy a relaxing cruise on one of the most iconic Murray River paddle steamers. Opt for a one-hour cruise or book a twilight dinner cruise to see the sunset on the open top deck.
Murray Esplanade, Echuca
Ph 03 5482 5244

P.S. Hero
Experience first-class luxury aboard the P.S. Hero, a paddle steamer built in 1874 and available now exclusively for private charter, overnight accommodation, weddings and other special occasions. Inside, the beautiful reclaimed interior harks back to a time of old-world elegance.
Onion Patch (behind the Visitor Information Centre)
Ph 0458 101874

Mildura and surrounds:

P.V. Rothbury
Embark on a journey of the Murray River on one of the fastest paddle boats on the Murray River. For a day of leisure, the P.V. Rothbury cruises to Trentham Estate Winery every Thursday from Mildura Wharf. The cruise heads upstream past the scenic towns of Buronga, Gol Gol and Trentham Cliffs. Watch the night fall on dinner cruises aboard the Rothbury and relax to the reflections of the majestic river red gums and flood lit riverbank. Dinner cruises and winery cruises depart from Mildura Wharf
Ph 03 5023 2200

P.S. Melbourne
Join one of the P.S. Melbourne cruises departing twice daily from Mildura Wharf. Built in 1912, the Melbourne retains her original steam engine and boiler. An informative live commentary of the river and its history, fauna and flora is conducted throughout the cruise and passengers can see the fireman fire the boiler. Cruises depart from Mildura Wharf daily
Ph 03 5023 2200

P.S. Mundoo
See Mildura’s most recently built paddle vessel. Built in 1987, this vessel was modelled on the original Mundoo built in 1875. With dining facilities for up to 180 passengers, the vessel is perfect for charter groups, special occasions and larger dining cruises.
Cruises depart from Mildura Wharf
Ph 03 5023 2200

Swan Hill and surrounds:

PS Pyap
Relax on the Murray River with an hour-long cruise aboard the P.S. Pyap. The cruise departs daily from the Pioneer Settlement's Wharf and travels upriver past the historic Murray Downs Homestead.
Horseshoe Bend Wharf, Pioneer Settlement, Swan Hill
Ph 03 5036 2410

Yarrawonga-Mulwala and surrounds:

M.V. Paradise Queen
Enjoy a sunrise breakfast or sunset and dinner cruise on the Paradise Queen, which was purpose built in 1986 as a cruise boat. The Paradise Queen has earned the moniker as an icon of Lake Mulwala – pushing off from the banks of the lake around five hundred times a year on her various voyages.
Lake Mulwala
Ph 0418 508 616

M.V. Lady Murray
Take the time to sit back and relax on board the M.V. Lady Murray, which cruises around the peaceful Lake Mulwala. Dinner cruises are available during the warmer months, while lunch cruises operate most days.
Lake Mulwala
Ph 03 5744 2005

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Water sports

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Nature & wildlife

The Murray River

A mountain stream in its upper reaches, the river turns into a meandering river lined with magnificent forests of red gum and sandy beaches.

Water sports


Head to the Murray River and strap on a pair of water-skis or a wakeboard. If you prefer to watch, several waterskiing events are held in the region.