The world’s only wood-fired cruising paddle steamer, PS Emmylou, is being relaunched as Australia revives its most luxurious boutique inland cruise. After enjoying a designer upgrade, Emmylou adds to its one-night weekend escape cruises, from three to four nights, taking passengers through some of the most pristine ecological forests to places of geographic, historic and Aboriginal cultural significance.
Travel down Victoria’s Murray River, the world’s third-longest navigable river, to heritage wetlands and the largest red gum forest on the planet in one of just nine cabins. They have been contemporised with luxurious fittings and linens, topped by silky duvets, while the upper-deck premier cabin, the Emmylou Suite, has French doors that open to a private deck with a 180° view of the river. Dining on board is a culinary trip in itself as the chef assembles local food and wine from the Heathcote and Perricoota wine regions. Riverside campfires are lit in the evenings before the stars take over the dark skies unimpeded by light pollution.
Itineraries for the multi-night programmes include visiting river wineries, mooring overnight at the 1860s Perricoota Station with dinner in the mansion’s Packing Shed and access to ancient Murray River tributaries with an environmental specialist. Transport and accommodation from Melbourne can be arranged to ease hopping on board what promises to be an adventure of a lifetime.
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