Explore the stunning Murray River in the largest paddlesteamer in the Southern Hemisphere. Stretching 35 metres long, this 40-guest vessel from Murray River Paddlesteamers will combine heritage charm with contemporary luxury. This state-of-the-art paddlesteamer, known for now as the PS Australian Star, will be the only wood-fired, five star accommodated paddlesteamer in the world.
Expect back-to-back cruises lasting three and four nights, operating all year round. If you’d like a more immersive experience, you can combine two cruises to create a week-long journey. This paddlesteamer is expected to open in late 2024.
PS Australian Star by Murray River Paddlesteamers
This three-deck vessel will be a unique way to explore Victoria’s river communities. Expect 20 luxury cabins with a range of styles, from King & Queen suites to Queen & Twin bed cabins. All accommodation will open out onto a verandah, so you can take in gorgeous river views. Inside your cabin, you’ll find luxury linen, ensuite, seating area and writing desk.
On board, there will be an outdoor relaxation space and a Discovery Lounge, serving up panoramic views. Enjoy a fresh menu every day at the fine dining restaurant, which will showcase a range of fresh and delicious local produce. There will also be a function space and bars.
Your river journey will be paired with shore excursions, such as silo art tours, so that you can learn more about the region.
For now, this river cruise is going by the name PS Australian Star. However, Murray River Paddlesteamers are planning to launch a nationwide competition soon to select a more permanent name.
According to Craig Burgess, Director of Murray River Paddlesteamers, demand for overnight cruises on the Murray is at record levels. “Australians love cruising, and they love the Murray River but they want comfort and facilities akin to those on European rivers,” said Burgess. “PS Australian Star will help tap that demand, boost the local economy, create new jobs and cater for the most discerning of visitors, attracting new domestic and international visitors to our region for the first time.”
The vessel will be built in Mildura, and will operate out of Echuca. Cruise dates and itineraries are expected to be released in mid-2023.