PS Curlip (1
hour drive from Metung)
Paddle Steamer Curlip II is a replica of an historic paddle steamer of the Snowy River, in Far East Gippsland, Victoria.
A community project, her construction has utilized the traditional skills of wooden boat builders, and thousands of hours of volunteer labour. The Curlip will operate as a cruise vessel on the
Snowy River Estuary exploring the natural and cultural heritage of this hidden gem of south east Australia.
The original Paddle Steamer Curlip was built by Sam Richardson and his sons Mark, Albert and Frank, at their sawmill at Tabbara, a pioneering settlement on the Brodribb River, a tributary of the
Snowy River. The keel was laid on 14th October 1889 and PS Curlip was launched in 1890. The diary entry for 6th February 1890 “at 12 noon she was launched without a hitch and very little leakage.
Length was 48’ x 19’ displacement 10 tons – 2 paddle wheels rated at 2 horsepower.”
The name “ Curlip” is derived from the indigenous name for the area where Tabbara is located and includes land to the east of the Snowy and Brodribb Rivers towards Cape
PS Curlip was registered in 1893 and the Passenger Certificate issued on 30th January 1903 to Captain Alan Richardson by the Marine Board of Victoria entitled her to carry 25
passengers and only 10 passengers when engaged in towage service. Two children under 12 years of age to be reckoned as one passenger.
PS Curlip towed five barges at a time, traveling upstream as far as Bete Bolong, 20 km upstream of the mouth to collect produce to be transferred to schooners near Marlo. She towed
vessels in and out through the Snowy river entrance and was also used for social functions such as Sunday School picnics. She was the main means of transport for imports and exports on the Snowy
River for almost 30 years.
The Curlip era ended abruptly on Friday 28th February when a flash flood carried her and 2 barges down river and out to sea, where she washed ashore at Marlo and broke up.
Give yourself time...
Glide past rushes, graceful herons and contemplative cows as the paddle wheels churn rhythmically on. Vistas of distant mountains frame waterways full of birds: black swans, cormorants, pelicans
and ducks. As you pass by a sea eagle's nest high atop a tree in the rainforest, the aroma of fresh coffee from the galley drifts across the clean air...
One and a half hour cruises are operating from Wednesday to Sunday at 11:30am. Saturday 11.30am & 2.30pm.
(Schedule subject to change without notice: please contact our booking office to confirm availability of cruises).
Adult fare: $30.00
Child (4 years to 16 years) fare: $15.00
Family: $73.00 ( 2 adults and 2 children OR 1 adult and up to 4 children)
Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount. Groups are strongly recommended to book in advance.
(Fares include a Parks Victoria fee as the vessel passes through Coastal and Flora and Fauna Reserves.)
Annual Passes allowing unlimited trips on regular scheduled cruises on Paddle Steamer Curlip are available at the following rates.
Annual passes are not transferable to other people. Pass holders must still book tickets for any particular cruise which will be issued subject to availability.
The Paddle Steamer Curlip is available to charter for groups, functions and special events. Up to 60 passengers can be taken aboard at one time and there is a small café style galley
PS Curlip Website