Explore the magnificent Murray River in the largest paddle steamer in the Southern Hemisphere. With a length of 35 meters, this ship of 40 guests from Murray River Paddlesteamers will combine heritage charm and contemporary luxury. This state-of-the-art paddle steamer, known for now as the PS Australian Star, will be the world’s only five-star wood-fired paddle steamer.
Expect back-to-back three- and four-night cruises, operating year-round. If you want a more immersive experience, you can combine two cruises to create a week-long trip. This paddle steamer 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 cabins. All accommodation will open up to a veranda, so you can enjoy wonderful views of the river. Inside your cabin, you’ll find luxury linens, a bathroom, a sitting area, and a desk.
On board, there will be an outdoor relaxation area and a Discovery Lounge, offering panoramic views. Enjoy a daily fresh menu at the gourmet restaurant, which will showcase a range of fresh and delicious local produce. There will also be a reception area and bars.
Your river trip will be combined with shore excursions, such as silo art tours, so you can learn more about the area.
For now, this river cruise is called PS Australian Star. However, Murray River Paddlesteamers plan to launch a national competition soon to select a more permanent name.
According to Craig Burgess, manager of Murray River Paddlesteamers, demand for overnight cruises on the Murray is at record highs. “Australians love cruising and they love the Murray River, but they want similar comforts and facilities to European rivers,” Burgess said. “PS Australian Star will help tap into this demand, boost the local economy, create new jobs and meet the needs of the most discerning visitors, bringing new domestic and international visitors to our region for the first time.”
The ship will be built in Mildura and will operate from Echuca. Cruise dates and itineraries are expected to be released in mid-2023.