Murray River Paddle Steamers

17 Jan

The vibrant expanding city of Mildura is situated on the River Murray, this river is one of the longest rivers in the world and crosses three states, South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria.

Since early days of Australia’s beginnings by the white man, this river, which covers a distance of 2520 kilometres, was the main transportation route for many outback settlements which grew up along the rivers banks.

It was used to transport wheat, wool and other commodities to the main centres for further transportation via bullock drays, to finally reach the major cities, it also carried vital stores back up the river to the outback stations and settlements.

Before the advent of roads and rail, hundreds and hundreds of Paddle steamers plied up and down the river, carrying their loads as well as passengers.

Today the Paddle steamers no longer carry cargo, but mainly tourists, the number of Paddle steamers has declined over the years but some can still be seen nearly every day.

Many cities have grown up over the years along the rivers beautiful banks, prior to white man, the river was a part of life to the many Aboriginal tribes that lived along its shores.

Dotted along the river banks you can see many Houseboats moored, a few are owned but many are available for rent, this is particularly popular in the Summer season.

I took a stroll down the river yesterday, hoping to get some great river shots, and wasn’t disappointed, I was able to capture two Paddle steamers heading up the river with tourists and sightseers on board, there is a lot of natural scrub along the banks which are home to many species of birds and wildlife, Mildura is a beautiful city and has much love and respect for its mighty river.

I leave you to enjoy my pictures of the Paddle steamers on the river.


Aussie Emu aka Ian

 photo IMG_0846_zps117c329d.jpg

 photo IMG_0842_zpsaf273efe.jpg

 photo IMG_0844_zps23cc54d4.jpg

 photo IMG_0846_zps117c329d.jpg

 photo IMG_0850_zps9fff199e.jpg

 photo IMG_0851_zps72bb3fba.jpg

 photo IMG_0861_zps1e80c8d2.jpg

 photo IMG_0865_zps463f40ca.jpg

 photo IMG_0868_zps8cf9dfdb.jpg

 photo IMG_0845_zps939ed38b.jpg


Posted by on January 17, 2015 in Uncategorized



57 responses to “Murray River Paddle Steamers

  1. Sue Dreamwalker

    February 28, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    This must be a beautiful way to travel.. I love the double decks… I wonder if that is where the double decker buses got their names from?? 😉

    I enjoyed your photo’s Ian.. thank you xxx

    • The Emu

      March 3, 2015 at 9:35 am

      Hi Sue, the old paddle steamers are beautiful to watch, they take you back to pioneering days.
      The house boats are the main tourist attraction here now, before I met Ana I was going to buy one to live on, only thing wrong is they dont have a small shed out back for the lawn mower.

      • Sue Dreamwalker

        March 3, 2015 at 1:05 pm

        LOL … 🙂 now I know how much those garden sheds mean.. 🙂 sending hugs to you both.. ❤

        • The Emu

          March 4, 2015 at 5:51 am

          Thanks Sue, sheds are important to guys in Australia, somewhere to go to when it gets a bit hot in the kitchen, if you get my drift.

          • Sue Dreamwalker

            March 4, 2015 at 4:41 pm

            I do… the allotment shed is used a great deal by my hubby 😉

          • The Emu

            March 5, 2015 at 9:15 am

            Don’t know whats happening Sue, I noticed you posted a topic about being hacked which I haven’t commented on yet, but now find two of your comments in my Aussie Emu spam list.

          • Sue Dreamwalker

            March 6, 2015 at 2:43 pm

            Glad I was unspammed Ian

          • The Emu

            March 7, 2015 at 10:06 pm

            Good to hear you are clean now Sue, pays to keep an eye on it though,
            hopefully its gone for good.

  2. RMW

    February 5, 2015 at 5:49 am

    A steamer would be a fun way to travel…. unless you are duck.

    • The Emu

      February 5, 2015 at 8:02 am

      Hi RMW, thanks for the visit and comment, the steamers are a beautiful relaxing way to appreciate our river,
      even the ducks tolerate the steamers in their territory, I once considered buying a steamer to live on, at least there are no lawns to mow.
      Look forward to following your interesting site.
      Emu aka Ian

  3. giselzitrone

    February 1, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Wünsche dir einen schönen Sonntag lieber Freund Gruß und Küsse Gislinde

    • The Emu

      February 3, 2015 at 12:06 am

      Good morning Gislinde, Tuesday here and a warm sunny day.
      I hope your weather is not too cold for you.
      Wishing you a beautiful week.

  4. Doris

    January 30, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Hello my wonderful friend,
    you have many great photos.
    love them
    big hug

    • The Emu

      January 31, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      Thank you Doris, glad you enjoyed my pictures.
      I hope you are well and life is being kind to you.
      Wishing you a beautiful weekend.
      Kind regards

  5. giselzitrone

    January 29, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Danke lieber Freund wünsche dir einen schönen Donnerstag lieber Gruß Gislinde

    • The Emu

      January 30, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      Good evening Gislinde, hoping all is well with you and life is being kind to you.
      May the sun forever shine on your heart, and love follow you like a shadow.

  6. Clowie

    January 27, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    They’re lovely photographs. It’s fascinating to see the paddle steamers.

    • The Emu

      January 30, 2015 at 11:59 am

      Thank you Clowie, glad you enjoyed my paddle steamers.
      Hoping you are well and wishing you a beautiful weekend.
      I seem to have lost your follow contact somehow, I am working on it.

      • Clowie

        January 30, 2015 at 2:50 pm

        WP won’t transfer followers through them to a new site, so if you’d still like to follow me you need to hop on over to and subscribe again.
        Have a great weekend!

  7. Monica

    January 20, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    These are wonderful, Ian – makes me want to get on board!

    • The Emu

      January 21, 2015 at 11:15 am

      Hi Monica, great you liked my pics, after all the years living here, I have yet to go on a houseboat or a paddle steamer.
      Next year I intend to as well as our local balloon ride, Wishing you well my friend and my kind regards.

      • Monica

        January 21, 2015 at 4:59 pm

        That sounds like a great trip, Ian

        • The Emu

          January 25, 2015 at 11:54 am

          A beautiful trip which I would have much pleasure in escorting you on one day.
          One never knows Monica, maybe you will visit one day.
          Kind regards my friend

          • Monica

            January 27, 2015 at 8:00 pm

            One never knows indeed, Ian, and such a visit would be amazing. Now if I could figure out how to get there without sitting in a plane for multiple hours…

          • The Emu

            January 30, 2015 at 12:04 pm

            Alas Monica it would have to be a plane, unfortunately our river is long but not that long.
            Maybe one day you could indulge in a beautiful sea voyage.
            Kind regards

          • Monica

            February 4, 2015 at 3:53 pm

            That’s what I was thinking, Ian. A sea voyage – with dogs – who otherwise do not appreciate being left at home.

          • The Emu

            February 5, 2015 at 7:59 am

            Hi Monica. am late as usual in answering comments on my posts.
            Hoping you are well girl, and you weather is fine, hot days here and a few more bushfires expected.
            A sea voyage sounds great Monica, pretty sure these days you can take your dogs on board as well.
            Would be a great all round trip.

  8. Christy Birmingham

    January 20, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Those really are great river shots that you took there!

    • The Emu

      January 21, 2015 at 11:16 am

      Hi Christy, great you liked my pics, after all the years living here, I have yet to go on a houseboat or a paddle steamer.
      Next year I intend to as well as our local balloon ride, Wishing you well my friend and my kind regards.

  9. bjsscribbles

    January 19, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Love it they were a life gone by and your pictures.

    • The Emu

      January 21, 2015 at 11:17 am

      Definitely a beautiful nostalgic part of Australia history,after all the years living here, I have yet to go on a houseboat or a paddle steamer.
      Next year I intend to as well as our local balloon ride, Wishing you well my friend and my kind regards.

      • bjsscribbles

        January 21, 2015 at 9:22 pm

        Done the balloon ride over the wine country where I live loved it

        • The Emu

          January 25, 2015 at 11:48 am

          Sounds like a great experience, I will try again, my first endeavour was aborted due to weather.

  10. giselzitrone

    January 19, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Schöne Bilder mein lieber Freund bin seit heute wieder zu Hause wünsche dir eine gute glückliche Woche Gruß und Küsse Gislinde

    • The Emu

      January 21, 2015 at 11:44 am

      Schön zu wissen, dass Sie zu Hause sind Gislinde, Ich wünsche Ihnen gesund und glücklich sind.
      Sie sind eine schöne Freundin in WordPress, vielleicht eines Tages können wir jeweils anderen Land zu besuchen.
      Sie werden sicherlich hier in Australien begrüßen.
      Schützen Sie Ihre Gesundheit, mein Freund, du hast viele Freunde, die für die Sie sich interessieren.

  11. natswans

    January 18, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Hi Ian you must have a lovely stroll yesterday , and seeing these little paddle steamers must have been a sight. Wouldn’t mind chugging up that River in one of those.
    Great shots
    Enjoy your week.

    • The Emu

      January 21, 2015 at 11:40 am

      Hi Sheila, glad you enjoyed the stroll down my river with the houseboats chugging along.
      Maybe one day if you visit we can take a trip along the river in a paddle steamer.
      You will be well looked after by Aussie Emu.
      Kind regards Sheila.

      • natswans

        January 23, 2015 at 5:29 pm

        Now sounds sounds great! 🙂

        • The Emu

          January 25, 2015 at 11:56 am

          Greetings Dear Sheila, thank you for the visit, hope all is going well in your life and you are happy and well.
          Wishing you much happiness.

  12. Mélanie

    January 18, 2015 at 7:40 am

    wonderful & interesting post, Ian… it’s reminded me of New Orleans(Louisiana, USA) and the Mississippi… so, a lock river like our famous Canal du Midi… 🙂
    * * *
    health, lots of inspiration and an excellent week! cheers, Mélanie

    • The Emu

      January 21, 2015 at 11:31 am

      Hi Melanie, thanks for the visit, every time I see our river and paddle steamers, it reminds me to of what I have seen of the Mississippi in movies, storys of Louisiana and tales of Huckleberry Finn, even Pollyana I think.
      Kind regards
      Ian aka Huckleberry Emu

  13. berlioz1935

    January 18, 2015 at 6:04 am

    Hi Ian, thanks for sharing those beautiful pictures with us. I would love to go on one of those paddle steamers. I’m already thinking of Mark Twain.

    • The Emu

      January 18, 2015 at 7:36 am

      Greetings my friend, those crafts do have a nostalgic charm about them.
      I do recall an old song, not sure who by, but think I have it somewhere.
      It tells the story of Mark Twain as sung by the Negroes of old America when working on the steamers.
      It sings the story of marking the twine, a reference to how many fathoms as a notice to the skipper.
      So apparently, according to the story, Mark Twain was actually Mark Twine from the fathoms that were shown on the depth twine used by the Paddle steamers, its all Mississippi era type of music.
      Just a bit of interesting history I read.

  14. auntyuta

    January 17, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    Excellent and informative blog, Ian. And thank you for these most beautiful pictures. They’re a joy to look at. This must have been a great stroll for you, yesterday! 🙂

    • The Emu

      January 18, 2015 at 2:03 am

      Hi Uta, glad you liked those pics, they were taken down near the river where we took you and Peter.
      They had just gone through the lock at the time, but I couldnt photograph it as it was extremely close and I only had long range lens on the cam, there is something nostalgic about these old crafts.
      Kind regards

      • auntyuta

        January 18, 2015 at 2:11 am

        I remember the day when you and Ana took Peter and me to the river. We still have the pictures to prove we were there! 🙂

        • The Emu

          January 18, 2015 at 7:30 am

          Hi Uta, cant remember if you had a chance to see the Paddle steamers or one going through the lock where we were.
          Interesting to see the water rise and fall with the steamer floating on top.

          • auntyuta

            January 18, 2015 at 11:30 am

            Have a look at this blog, Ian:
            Is it a house boat or a paddle steamer?

          • The Emu

            January 18, 2015 at 12:17 pm

            Hi Uta, definitely a houseboat, no paddles on the side or a steamer chimney.
            Good to see those pics again, a few months ago I lost all pics off my computer, inadvertently deleted them.
            The computer experts were able to retrieve some, but many were lost.

          • auntyuta

            January 18, 2015 at 8:15 pm

            Sorry you lost so many pictures, Ian. The same thing happened to me some time ago. Luckily Peter did not lose his pictures. I often have to refer to Peter’s pictures when it comes to the months that I lost my pictures. I know, losing pictures can happen very quickly. It is not fair, is it?
            Wishing you well,

          • The Emu

            January 21, 2015 at 11:34 am

            Hi Uta, yes losing pics is very fast and no chance of recovery, thanhfully Ana also keeps the pics off our camera.
            Only way to get them back is with a recovery program, but this didnt work me, cos they were transferred to another file.
            Kind regards to you and Peter

  15. Eddie Two Hawks

    January 17, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Fabulous photos and story Emu. Thanks for this great getaway. Can easily see why this is and has been a popular spot for some time. have a good day, Eddie

    • The Emu

      January 18, 2015 at 2:01 am

      Thanks Eddie, glad you enjoyed the pictures of the river and Paddle steamers.
      There is something nostalgic with these old crafts.
      Kind regards

  16. gpcox

    January 17, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Clear, sharp photos, Ian. One can almost feel they are by the river with you!

    • The Emu

      January 18, 2015 at 1:54 am

      Thanks gp, glad you like the pics,
      There is something nostalgic with these old crafts.
      Good pictures thanks to my Canon d400 set on auto all the time
      otherwise I am hopeless.

  17. prenin

    January 17, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Thanks for these Ian! 🙂

    Love the old paddle steamers!!! 🙂

    God Bless!


    • The Emu

      January 18, 2015 at 1:52 am

      Thanks Prenin, there is something nostagic with these old crafts.
      Glad you liked the pics.


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Viele Bilder, wenig Worte!!


Wicked Commentary

Prenin's little page

Just another site

Dreamwalker's Sanctuary

A Sanctuary for Enlightenment and Peace through Poetry and Inspirational Thoughts as we go through Life

Blog Kunterbund von G.B.

Welcome to Sheila's Space

Just another site


philosophising on meaning of life via poetry and prose

Pacific Paratrooper

This site is Pacific War era information


Relationships reveal our hearts.

Dreamwalker's Garden

Growing Your Own Produce and Remedies

%d bloggers like this: