Murray River Overnight Cruise, Winery & Bendigo
A relaxing weekend getaway cruising on the NEW beautifully appointed cabins of the famous PS Emmylou along the mighty Murray River. The charming PS Emmylou is 1 of only 5 wood fired paddlesteamers left in the world making the experience a unique Australian excursion.
In this all-inclusive tour, fly from Melbourne directly to Brown Brother’s private air strip in Milawa aboard our luxury twin engine aircraft. Enjoy a behind the scenes tour a private guided tasting and a delicious two course lunch with matching wines.
Mid-afternoon fly to Echuca and transfer to the PS Emmylou for a one night cruise in an upper deck, deluxe ensuite cabin. Enjoy regional inspired 5 course dinner and relax as the scenery of the Murray River glides by.
On Day 2 following a hearty cooked breakfast, return to port transfer for your waiting aircraft and fly to historic Bendigo with its grand architecture built on the wealth of the gold rush era. Take the talking tram to learn about its fascinating history and mine tour at the award winning Central Deborah Gold Mine.
- Scenic flight over the Yarra Valley Ranges and Lake Eildon to Milawa
- Behind the scenes tour and 2 course lunch at Brown Brothers Winery, Milawa
- Boutique Murray River cruise aboard the refurbished PS Emmylou, Echuca
- Bendigo Vintage Talking Tram and Central Deborah Gold Mine
Meet your highly experienced pilot and tour manager in the Kirkhope Aviation departure lounge, at 9.30am. Fly to Brown Brothers, Milawa, in our comfortable twin engine Chieftain with large viewing windows, landing at their private airstrip. Marvel at the beautiful scenery of the Yarra Ranges and spot Lake Eildon as you fly.
Take a behind the scenes tour including the Family Cellar where you will learn about the process involved in making their wines and discover the rich history of the Brown family, followed by a private guided wine tasting. (NB all guests are required to wear enclosed shoes.) A delicious 2 course lunch with matching wines will be served at the winery’s award winning Patricia’s Table restaurant.
Then reboard your aircraft for the flight to Echuca. Transfer to the PS Emmylou for your overnight luxury cruise. Make yourself comfortable in your cabin and enjoy a scenic evening cruise along the Murray with a great variety of Australian wildlife with the riverbank lit up by powerful spotlights.
The on-board chef will prepare you a sumptuous dinner sourced from fine local ingredients. Head back down stream past the imposing Echuca Wharf lit up for the evening with its other paddlesteamers moored for the night. Continue downstream to Layfield Lane, the nights mooring. Sit around the campfire with a beverage and roast marshmallows before retiring for the night.
We really appreciated your warm friendliness as host, and professionalism as pilot. We felt weary on Thursday, as I am sure you did also. I didn’t pick the winner of the Melbourne Cup, alas!!!