From the earliest days of the Echuca area, growth and development has been intimately linked with the Murray River System. Trade and communication depended on the river.
The PS Emmylou, built in 1980 and named after the country singer Emmylou Harris, has hosted thousands of guests. In the TV series All the Rivers Run she was renamed the PS Providence.
The river banks we will pass have abandoned steamboats and barges, tall red gum wharfs and small towns that show evidence of once having been much larger. Old station homesteads facing the river, are constant reminders to the river traveller of the days when hundreds of steamers traded along the Murray, opening up large areas in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. For many settlers the steamers were the only source of supply and contact with the outside world.