Lying on the borders of Victoria and New South Wales, the Swan Hill region is home to a vibrant community, fine food and wine, a rich pioneer heritage and endless opportunities for boating, fishing and golf.
Swan Hill boasts some of the most untouched sections of the Murray River as it winds its way through a 10-kilometre section of state park land. A good place to start your river adventure is the area along the Marraboor River where the Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery displays a comprehensive collection of Australian native art.
Take a bush walk through the Nyah Vinifera State Forest north of Swan Hill, an enchanting area of riverside red gum and box tree forests. To see the river at your own pace, take an overnight trip on a houseboat.
Ports and pioneers
Stories of pioneers, pastoralists and bushrangers are thick in the air at Swan Hill, but it's not a story gathering dust. The region 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 PS 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.
Vibrant food scene
Swan Hill is renowned for its stone fruits and the Swan Hill Food and Wine Festival that takes place annually on the Labour Day long weekend in March. The Mediterranean-like climate is ideal for cultivating the best local produce and wines that has placed Swan Hill's wineries on the map. Meanwhile, the river offers an abundance of freshwater fish including the famed Murray cod.