Nestled on the banks of the Murray River in the heart of Victoria's food bowl, Swan Hill serves up boating and fishing opportunities, fine food and wine, and the chance to learn all about the region's pioneer history.
Experience some of the most unspoilt and rugged sections of the Murray River as it winds its way through a 10-kilometre section of state park land. Take a bushwalk through the Nyah Vinifera State Forest or cross the bridge for a stroll around Pental Island. To see the river at your own pace, take an overnight trip on a houseboat.
A rich river history
European explorer Major Thomas Mitchell named Swan Hill when he visited in 1836. Since then, fortunes have been made on the banks of the Murray River: first by the early squatters and later by the farmers whose crops thrived thanks to irrigation from the river.
For a glimpse of what life was like for the early settlers, spend a day at The Pioneer Settlement, Australia's first open-air museum. And with a second day included free with your admission pass, there's plenty of time to see it all.
Get dressed up pioneer-style for a family photo to remember, hear stories from the past at the sound and light show, or take a ride on the paddle-steamer PS Pyap, complete with running commentary from the captain.
On the greens
Dust off your clubs and hit the fairways at the Murray Downs Golf & Country Club, one of the top golf courses in Victoria.