Paddle Steamer Ruby

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Booking Terms

20% payment required upon booking. 100% payment required 14 days prior to cruise. In the event of cancellation the following fees are applicable:

  • Written notice of cancellation at least 15 days before the cruise departure date the passenger will be liable to pay 20% of the total fare.
  • Less than 14 days before the departure date the passenger will be subject to a cancellation charge equal to 50% of the total fare, if tickets are unable to be resold.

It is strongly recommended that all passengers take out comprehensive travel insurance. This not only protects you against sickness, loss of luggage, hospitalisation, but also against your need to cancel.

Conditions of Use

Short Cruise Rates
Prices quoted for adult tickets are applicable to persons 16 years and above.
Prices quoted for child tickets are applicable to persons 4 to 15 years.
Children under 4 years of age are free of charge (Concession rate) however it must be advised at the time of booking the child will be on board as all passengers are included in the total capacity for the purpose of the vessel’s survey conditions.

General Information

PS Ruby is a historical paddle steamer which was built in Morgan, SA during 1907. In 1908 she did the return trip to Mildura in low river conditions, when she began her life long relationship with Wentworth. She has been fully restored by volunteers over many thousands of hours. Her crew are all volunteers.

Ruby has three deck levels therefore passengers will need to negotiate stairs whilst on board. Bottom deck is the entry point to the boat on most occasions, although at times, eg steep banks or wharf, entry can then made to the middle deck. The bottom deck houses the steam plant, this being a Robey 20 NHP similar to the original steam plant fitted to the vessel in 1908. Also found on this deck are the galley, crew cabins and rear entertainment area. Middle deck is the main accommodation deck. The McKenzie saloon is on this deck along with 14 passenger cabins and the shower and toilet facilities. Top deck is made up of the wheelhouse, the captain and mates cabins plus outdoor passenger viewing areas. The deck is limited to 30 people at any one time.

PS Ruby is surveyed to carry a total of 110 people. PS Ruby can accommodate a total of 40 people overnight (including crew). Passenger accommodation aboard PS Ruby is in the form of bunk style twin share cabins. 

Four separate toilets and four showers are available for passenger use on the middle deck, which is the main accommodation deck. Toilets are equipped with wash basin, mirror and power points. Electric razors and hair dryers can be used. A further two crew toilets and showers are situated on the bottom deck.

Neat casual or period clothing and flat shoes are recommended. Stiletto heels should not be worn as they will damage the waterproof decking and make use of the steep stairways difficult. We also recommend a jacket or warm jumper for the evenings as these can be quite cool on the river.

In the unlikely event of an emergency, passengers must follow the instructions issued by the crew. Life jackets are stowed under the seats in the saloon as well as in overhead storage on the lower deck at the rear of the boat.

All itineraries and arrival / departure dates and times are subject to change at any time dependant on weather and river conditions at the discretion of the Captain.

The PS Ruby is a heritage vessel, exempted from complying with elements of the RMS Act and passengers agree to travel on that basis. Life jackets are provided on board the Ruby for emergency purposes only, if passengers have special requirements for life jackets or buoyancy vests they need to provide their own. Smoking is prohibited in all areas except the aft (rear) of the wheelhouse deck only (outside). The wheelhouse and galley are restricted areas and entry is only available by invitation from the Captain or the Chef respectively. If passengers require help in any way when on board they should refer to the Purser.

Additional general information below applicable only to extended cruises

Linen is provided. This includes bedding, towels, and bathmats.

All meals are included in the cruise price quoted. Alcohol and soft drinks are not included. Bar facilities are usually available. No alcohol is to be carried aboard by passengers.

For current cruise information and bookings, call now on 03 5027 5080 (Wentworth Visitor Information Centre). For International call +613 5027 5080



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