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Swan Hill

Pristine riverscapes, renowned wineries and a rich pioneering history await in the sun-kissed region of Swan Hill. Travel up The Murray River and discover this vibrant community on the border between Victoria and New South Wales. Tuck into fine food and wine, explore nature trails, and make the most of endless opportunities for boating, fishing and golf.

All the rivers run

Wander through Riverside Park, where the Marraboor River merges with The Murray, and then stop into the nearby Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery to see the comprehensive collection of Australian native art. Take a bush walk through the red gum and box tree forests of Nyah Vinifera State Forest, or explore the waters at your own pace by booking an overnight trip on a houseboat.

Pioneer adventures

Swan Hill earned its name when explorer Major Thomas Mitchell camped here in 1836 and was kept up all night by the noisy swans roaming about. 

Explore the Pioneer Settlement, an open-air museum where the whole family can have a glimpse of life as an early settler. The streets, shops, homesteads and community buildings bring to life a nineteenth century port town and take you back in time to Swan Hill's pioneer heritage. Go on a horse-drawn carriage ride, get dressed up pioneer-style for a family photo, check out the sound and light show, or take a ride on the paddle-steamer P.S. Pyap.

Down on the green

Just 5km north of Swan Hill is the outstanding Murray Downs Resort and Golf Club. Complete with gum trees, artificial lakes, sleek greens and a challenging layout, it is regarded as one of the best resort courses on the Murray.

Off the vine

Thanks to its Mediterranean-like climate, Swan Hill is renowned for its stone fruits, wineries, as well as the Swan Hill Food and Wine Festival that takes place annually on the Labour Day long weekend in March. Meanwhile, the river offers an abundance of freshwater fish, including the famed Murray cod.

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History & heritage

Pioneer Settlement

Take a journey back in time and experience Australian history up close at the Pioneer Settlement, located on the banks of the Marraboor River.

Walking & hiking

River Walk

Meander along the riverbank past picturesque river red gums and learn about the fascinating history of the mighty Murray River.

Art galleries

Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery

Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery is well recognised as having one of Australia's most comprehensive collections of native art. Along with a growing...

National parks & reserves

Nyah & Vinifera State Forests

For those wanting to explore the great outdoors and capture the real beauty of the might Murray River, then a visit to the Nyah and Vinifera State...

Food & wine

Murray Darling and Swan Hill wine regions

Taste traditional wines, including smooth-drinking shiraz and flavoursome chardonnay, as well as alternative varieties such as nebbiolo and durif.

Restaurants

Java Spice

Sit outside in authentic Balinese thatched huts set among tropical gardens and absorb the culinary delights of South East Asia.

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Art and culture

Linger in a local museum or gallery to glimpse iconic artworks and local art, brush up on riverboat history or experience life as a pioneer.

Outdoor activities

Golf

The Murray is a year-round golfing haven that stretches from Albury to Mildura. Tee off on a course along the banks of the beautiful Murray River.

Things to do

History and heritage

Board a paddle steamer, explore pioneer homesteads, and learn about indigenous tribes who have lived in the area for over 40,000 years.

Boating

Paddle steamers

Relive the glory days of the pioneer era and take in the sights along the way with a journey down the Murray River on an historic paddle steamer.