Sprawling along the banks of the Murray River, Swan Hill exhibits a rich heritage from the 19th-century paddle steamer era. Famous adventurers Burke and Wills famously visited the town on their 1860 journey across Australia, with the Moreton Bay fig they planted still growing in Swan Hill today.
Things to do in Swan Hill
Experience life on the Murray River during the paddle steamer era at the Pioneer Settlement Museum. Wander past the beautifully restored character buildings and admire the collection of horse-drawn carriages, then take a cruise on the classic PS Pyap.
Swan Hill’s culinary delights are renowned among locals and visits and the surrounding region is dotted with wineries and fresh produce growers. Join a farmgate tour to sample seasonal produce or dine at one of Swan Hill’s many gourmet restaurants.
Want to get your adrenalin pumping? Head to Lake Boga to try your skills at waterskiing or opt for a laid-back day of canoeing while you explore the Murray River. Keen fishermen can try their luck at catching a famous Murray Cod.
For a little-known slice of Australian history, visit the Lake Boga Flying Boat Museum, hidden under a hangar in Swan Hill. Explore inside the rebuilt Catalina Flying Boat that was used during World War II and head underground into the secret Communication Bunker.
Swan Hill is around four hours’ drive north of Melbourne and connected by regular train and bus services. There are also public transport options available from Swan Hill to Adelaide, Sydney and Bendigo, while the town is compact enough to explore on foot.