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Tuesday 21 September 2021

How to explore Australia in style; on the water and by rail

Two of Australia’s greatest regional travel icons - the Murray River and the Indian Pacific train - are to be showcased in a new ‘slow travel’ rail and river cruise package released exclusively by leading small ship cruise specialist Cruise Traveller. 

Cruise Traveller’s 10-night ‘Australia by Paddlewheel and Locomotion’ package - available from July to November, 2022 - features a four-night cruise along the legendary Murray River aboard the only overnight passenger paddle steamer on the river, the deluxe, 18-guest PS Emmylou. 

That is followed by a journey on board the Indian Pacific train across the outback. 

The PS Emmylou starred in the hit 1983 TV mini-series All the Rivers Run starring Sigrid Thornton, and is still one of the most recognisable paddle steamers in Australia. 

Cruise Traveller’s itinerary begins with a night’s accommodation in Melbourne before a transfer to the Murray River town of Echuca to board PS Emmylou, which offers overnight, boutique river cruises.

A four-night trip along the meandering Murray follows, with visits to wineries, historic farm stations, indigenous sites and the World Heritage-listed river red gum wetlands at Barmah. 

Guests will also enjoy meals and complimentary barista-made espresso coffees and dinner beverages on deck, riverside picnics, a campfire dinner on the riverbank under the stars and the chance to join the crew in the wheelhouse and even try their hand at steering the boat alongside the skipper. 

At dusk, the wood-fired paddle steamer ties up at tranquil and remote moorings, allowing guests to experience the serenity and wildlife of the bush at night. 

After a night back in Melbourne, guests will fly to Adelaide for a three-night stay and free time to explore the stately city before boarding the Indian Pacific for an overnight journey to Sydney via the outback town of Broken Hill where the train will stop for a local tour. 

Offering all-inclusive fine dining, wines and beverages, the famous Indian Pacific train is designed to rekindle the golden era of rail travel, with panoramic windows in sleeping cabins and the lounge and restaurant cars. 

Three departure dates are available in 2022: July 10, August 14 and November 6. 

Including a flight from Melbourne to Adelaide, meals and beverages on the Indian Pacific and meals and dinner beverages on PS Emmylou as well as transfers along the way, the 10-night ‘Australia by Paddlewheel and Locomotion’ package is available from $4895 per person, twin-share. 

Visit or call Cruise Traveller on 1800 507 777.

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