Back to Port

This morning we set sail at 7.30 a.m. to start the relatively short trip back to the Port of Echuca while we all partook of breakfast. Once again your choice of continental or cooked (or both). The captain (James) and crew – Jeff the engineer, Jo our go to lady and Greg the chef were outstanding. They were all warm and friendly and made us all feel welcome. Our fellow travellers were warm and witty and eager to learn of our travels within Australia while we heard of their travels overseas. All in all, it was a pleasure to meet them and have their company over the last three days. We cannot recommend the PS Emmylou experience highly enough – a truly memorable experience even for those amongst that had done extensive overseas travel.

We were rather sad to depart when we left the vessel at 9.30 a.m. to meet up with Shaz and Paul to return to their home for one last night of hospitality before we head back home tomorrow. It’s been a great break topped off with a great cruise. Till next time …bye

Last Full Day on the Emmylou

On board the PS Emmylou

This morning we left our mooring and spent all day on the PS Emmylou steaming back up the river toward Echuca. It was a great day on board very relaxing with all the passengers mingling and being spoilt rotten with fine food. Multiple choices for lunch fish and chips, steak sandwiches, wraps or ham and cheese toasties.

Doing it tough on the banks of the Murray River

We pulled into shore at around 3.30 p.m. to moor for the night and for our crew to get set up for the final night’s barbecue dinner. Once again great food and Wazza joined us after dinner with his guitar and we sang the hours away. We also had a bit of a poetry competition with those that could (or would) read their offerings out for a small prize. But it was more about the fun of joining in.

Singalong around the campfire

It was a great night, with everyone joining in before we all started to drift away from the fire to head back on board. A great night to finish the cruise and we made some new friends along the way.

Out and About

Kingfisher Tour through the Barmah Narrows

We had a busy day today. Started off with a brisk wind blowing into the dining deck which made breakfast a bit chilly. We left on the bus to go for tour through the Barmah wetlands area aboard Kingfisher Tours.

The industrial side of winemaking

After lunching in the park at Barmah we called into St Anne’s Winery for a tour and a tasting which was informative and enjoyable.

Perricoota Station Homestead

On our return from the winery we were able to view the grounds and surrounds of Perricoota Station Homestead after which we were served cheese platters and drinks on the lawns overlooking the Murray River. We returned to the paddle steamer in time for a roast dinner and to travel upstream for a couple of hours to moor at Deep Creek for the night.

On the Good Ship Emmylou

Aboard our PS Emmylou

First day of our three day cruise aboard the paddle steamer PS Emmylou started with scones, jam and cream while sailing down the mighty Murray River. Our fellow travellers all appear to be very nice people of our vintage or older. After a few wines we had dinner at six (Jenny had the oven baked barramundi while I had a medium rare scotch fillet). We continued down stream reaching Perricoota Station around nine where we have moored for the night. All our co-travellers appear to have retreated to their cabins so I guess it’s goodnight for the night

Tending the 115 year old steam engine after a hard days work.