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Author Topic: PS Emmylou cruise [Australia]  (Read 4776 times)

Offline Roderick Smith

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PS Emmylou cruise [Australia]
« on: September 08, 2006, 02:50:51 PM »
Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Australia (Victorian Passenger Division) was to run a 3 night charter of PS Emmylou from Echuca to Barmah Lake and return, over Sun.15-Wed.18.10.
The plan:
Sunday morning ex Melbourne by minibus. ~17.00 cast off.
Monday: Cape Horn Winery, Barmah town (with the ‘preserved’ wooden punt, replaced by a bridge ~1964.
Tuesday: Barmah Lake cruise aboard local ferry MV Kingfisher, then head down river.
Wednesday: Echuca disembark ~12.00, minibus back to Melbourne.
Emmylou holds 18 passengers, in eight twin cabins plus one double, with shared toilet and shower.
Normally it cruises downriver towards Torrumbarry; upriver cruises rarely go past Barmah town.

See www . emmylou.com.au and the research thread in this forum from wharfonline.
Google for MV Kingfisher's website.

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Roderick B Smith
Rail News Victoria Editor

Offline Walter Snowdon

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River Cruise.
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2006, 06:32:21 AM »
Sounds great Roderick- wish I could come! Keep us posted and some on-board photos would be very nice! Regatds, Walter.
Blessed are the "cracked" -for they let in the light for the rest of us.

Offline Roderick Smith

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PS Emmylou cruise [Australia]
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2006, 10:42:32 PM »
The cruise on which I had booked was cancelled 3 weeks ago (lack of numbers).
However, a different private cruise at that date was aiming to cover the same stretch of water (ie upriver, past Barmah township, under the bridge, and on to Barmah lakes).  I have been unable to fathom if it did, but new paddleducker Michael should be able to confirm/deny via his contacts.

To reward the 110 views of this nonevent news, I now enclose a photo of PS Emmylou: modern construction, but traditional vernacular.

Regards,
Roderick B Smith
Rail News Victoria Editor

paddlesteamerman1

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PS Emmylou cruise [Australia]
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2006, 07:26:30 PM »
I have always wanted to go on an overnight cruise on the Emmylou (or the Marion) just to see more river and spend some quality time on the boat!! But it is weird because I only started liking the Emmylou in the last year or two, you know I never did like it but now I really do!! Maybe just 'maturing the taste' a little bit. It is a pity that the cruise was cancelled, if I knew about it maybe I could have made up some numbers  Let me know all ebout it... and when all the cruises are if you can?

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PS Emmylou cruise [Australia]
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2006, 10:06:04 PM »
The Emmylou isn't high on my 'liking' list. Mum likes it and the sound it makes, but it's a train whistle and the engine's forward and reverse is operated in the wheel house which annoys me from an engineering perspective.

I've only recently started liking A.A as I've been working on her as engineer. I know her boiler is under powered for her engine but the more you stoke her the more chances the passengers get to see the fire which is what they like and as I'm not overly big oiling the engine isn't awfully uncomfortable yet. So the A.A is shooting up the list of likeable boats...not to mention you can build up her fire really big and then not worry about it for an hour...however upon return and a restoke you can see the grate....thats a worry about how fast it burns wood eh!

paddlesteamerman1

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PS Emmylou cruise [Australia]
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2006, 07:35:23 AM »
Yeah, I knew it was a trains whistle, and yes I was surprised when I firts went on it that the engine is controlled from the wheelhouse, I wouldnt really like to be the engineer on the Emmylou!! As for the AA I have always really like it, and because the AA and Pev seem faster paced the the humble old Adelaide I enjoy engineering them more because there is more to do! And I havent been under the boiler on the AA to oil the machinery yet, but it does look sorta cramped!! But still my favourite boat on the river is, for some reason, the PS Marion. I have always liked it, infact I really like all the SA boats!!

Ned Feary

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PS Emmylou cruise [Australia]
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2007, 05:02:52 PM »
I have been on an overnight cruise on the Emmylou. It was absolutely wonderful.
I can't decide which bit was the best but at least I got to have a 1 hour steerof her. [I only say steer because the skipper was helpingand I did'nt have full control].
The food was really good too.
The only problem was that the captain smoked so in the morning[as he had inhaled over 2000 chemicals] I was a bit worried.

Ned

paddlesteamerman1

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PS Emmylou cruise [Australia]
« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2007, 10:07:08 AM »
just came back from a week in echuca (yes a week) and i had a 1.5 hour lunch cruise on the emmylou going upstream... the food was good, but it was nice to go a little further upstream than you do on the regular hour cruise!

Offline Roderick Smith

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Re: PS Emmylou cruise [Australia]
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2020, 12:21:51 PM »
PS Emmylou has been refitted with fewer cabins, but all with ensuite facilities.  It now has capacity for 16 passengers.
Regular 3 night cruises are being marketed.

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Re: PS Emmylou cruise [Australia]
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2021, 04:09:15 PM »
NOVEMBER 7 2020 Murray River paddlesteamer tours a calming cruise. Sue Preston
Out the doors and into nature on the PS Emmylou. Picture: Supplied
The real way to experience the Murray is to go with the flow on a wood-fired paddlesteamer, Sue Preston reports.
The young guns on the jet skis think they're onto something. At full throttle these motorcycles of the water carve a swathe through the gentle river sending the birds scattering.
They are gone in a matter of seconds but in their wake is all the things they've missed; all the things they'll never see at the speed of life they've chosen.
There is a bird nesting high in the branches of a majestic river gum and the slow passage of our paddlesteamer, the PS Emmylou, enables us to watch it as well as a mother duck and her baby ducklings paddling by.
There's a fisherman on the banks of the river and he is giving us a friendly wave, pleased that we won't disturb the cod he's hoping to hook and even a swimmer - a woman in a purple cap - confidently swims by, uttering a cheery, "Hoy there".
You'll stop for a campfire. Picture: Supplied
The mighty Murray River deserves to be done slowly. The world's third-longest navigable river is home to the world's largest red-gum forest and World Heritage-listed wetlands and, while there is a myriad of ways to enjoy it, there is arguably no better way than from than the decks of one of the few wood-fired paddlesteamers offering onboard accommodation in the world today.
If the name sounds familiar it is because the Emmylou became the most recognisable paddlesteamer in the country when she starred in the TV series All the Rivers Run as PS Providence.
Named after the American country singer Emmylou Harris, the paddlesteamer is powered by a restored 1906 steam engine and has nine compact but lovely cabins which were recently refitted with ensuites.
PS Emmylou at port in Echuca. Picture: Supplied
I'm on board for an overnight dinner cruise with fellow guests taking up the eight other cabins on the top deck. Joining us tonight is a group which will disembark after dinner, leaving the rest of us to enjoy the overnight mooring and roaring campfire.
We tuck into an excellent five-course dinner and a glass or two of local wine as the side-wheeled Emmylou slowly takes us along the river. She's a handsome vessel and campers on the riverbank run for their cameras.
"Look, Mum, look", the children cry as they run along the riverbank.
Just as the sun is setting, we cruise past the historic Echuca wharf, home to the largest collection of paddlesteamers in the world, and attract even more admirers.
As we tie up for the night, the dinner guests depart, with regretful glances. We lucky ones make a beeline for the campfire where Skipper Warren, who has kept the big wheel moving, brings out his guitar and launches into John Williamson's signature tune, "Hey True Blue". Engineer Scotty stokes the fire with some of the lengths of red gum that fuel the steam engine.
At first there is a companionable silence as we stare into the fire or 'bush television' but soon we are swapping stories of the land and things we've seen and it is only the raucous sounds of nearby youthful campers that drive us finally to bed.
Early next morning, I open the double doors of the Emmylou Queen Suite to reveal the river in all its quiet glory. Our neighbours, the young revellers, are still asleep - missing out once more, this time on the best part of the day on the river.
Drive: Emmylou is based at Echuca, about three hours' drive from Melbourne. If you're coming from NSW, you will embark your cruise at Moama Wharf on the NSW side of the river due to border restrictions.
Cruise: There are lunch and dinner cruises, as well as overnight dinner cruises and cruise packages from two to six nights taking in winery visits, riverbank campfires and cultural experiences.
More: Explore Echuca and its historic port, art galleries and cafes on an overnight stay. Book at echucamoama.com
Explore more: 03 5482 5244; murrayriverpaddlesteamers.com.au
See also:
Characters and quirky surprises in a magical part of Australia
Hiding away on the Sunshine Coast hinterland
Warm welcome, culinary delight and a fascinating history
<www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6999763/no-hurry-on-the-murray-a-night-on-a-paddlesteamer>





 

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