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Swan Hill

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.

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Things to do

Swan Hill


Java Spice

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


Murray Downs Golf & Country Club

Tee off a round on this challenging and picturesque course, one of the top resort golf courses in Australia, set in peaceful gumtree-filled surrounds.


Spoons Riverside Restaurant

Settle in for top-notch seasonal and local produce, regional wines and a charming Little Murray River backdrop – yes, that includes paddle steamers.

Walking & hiking

River Walk

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

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.

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 naïve art. Along with a growing...


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Things to do

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.

Food & wine

Local produce

Welcome to Victoria's food bowl. Pick up local fruit, vegetables and gourmet produce at farm gates, markets and cafes throughout the region.

Outdoor activities

Walking and hiking

Discover the spectacular national parks, abundant wildlife, and magnificent waterways of the fascinating Murray River region on foot.

Outdoor activities


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.