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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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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...

Restaurants

Spoons Riverside

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

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.

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.

Restaurants

Java Spice

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

Walking & hiking

River Walk

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

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