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.
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.