Pioneer Settlement
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Pioneer Settlement

Address: Monash Drv, Swan Hill, Victoria 3585

Phone: 03 5036 2410  |  Freecall: 1800 981 911  |  Fax: 03 5032 1096  


Situated on the picturesque banks of the Marraboor River, you can embrace the past with the feeling that you have stepped back in time at the Pioneer Settlement.

The delightful tearooms provide delicious Devonshire Teas while the sounds of the music shop Pianola blend with the horse's hooves and laughter of tourists enjoying free horse and cart rides.

From the 1850s Pioneer Cottages to Towaninnie Homestead to the Mallee Township you can wander at leisure in a bygone world experiencing real Australian history.

Complimentary vintage car rides are also available, proving a popular way for visitors to absorb the sights offered. Driving along the river is an impressive way to first see Towanninnie Homestead. Made from drop logs, this homestead is a typical 1880's Mallee homestead, with Mallee root fences, mud brick kitchen, and half cellar.

Further along, past Riverside and Keats Cottage is the Lower Murray Inn with its enticing ambience. This area has been developed, in partnership with the Swan Hill Lions Club and the Friends of the Pioneer Settlement, into a family friendly picnic area. During the school holidays barbecues and children's activities are held here also.

With arms full of old fashioned lollies from Sparkes and Perkins General Store and Wanted Posters from The Echo Print Shop, watch the blacksmith hard at work; wander the Golden Harvest Trail, or marvel at the array of tractors in the industrial area.

Add to your visit a cruise aboard the paddle-steamer PS Pyap; dressing up in costume for a family photograph; a walk on Pental Island; a chat with Uncle Bruce about local indigenous culture or the Sound and Light show at night. It is easy to see why the Pioneer Settlement offers a complimentary second day in their admission pass.

Content: The Pioneer Settlement

Local directions

The Pioneer Settlement is located on Monash Drive about one kilometre south of the City Centre. A sign at Gray St directs you across the railway line to the Settlement's parking area and entrance building on Monash Drive


  • Café
  • Car park
  • Catering
  • Coach parking
  • Photographic service
  • Picnic area
  • Shaded area
  • Sheltered area
  • Shop
  • Walking tracks


  • Art and craft
  • Lessons/tutorials
  • Shopping
  • Animal Viewing
  • Self guided
  • Bushwalking
  • Guided walks

Opening hours

For information and bookings call the friendly reception staff.

Every day except Christmas and Boxing Day
9:30am -4:00pm

Disabled access

Contact operator for further details.

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