Swan Hill

Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement, Tourism Victoria

Population 9894

In 1836, explorer Thomas Mitchell named this spot Swan Hill because of the black swans that kept him awake all night. The town's swans remain, but there are many other attractions in this pleasant city on the Murray Valley Highway.

Visitor Information

2–10 McCrae St; (03) 5032 3033 or 1800 625 373


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In Town

Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement This museum re-creates the Murray and Mallee regions from the 1830s to the 1930s. Read More

Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery: an impressive permanent collection plus touring exhibitions; opposite the Pioneer Settlement Museum.


Swan Hill wine region The region, which starts around Tresco to the south-east and ends around Piangil to the north-west, takes advantage of the Murray River and the Mediterranean-style climate. The first vines were planted here in 1930, but the proliferation of vineyards really began when Sicilian immigrants arrived on the Murray after WW II. Today cellar doors offer tastings and sales of predominantly shiraz, colombard and chardonnay varieties. Winery map from visitor centre.

Lake Boga The town has an interesting history as an RAAF flying-boat repair depot during WW II. The depot serviced over 400 flying boats, one of which can be seen at the Flying Boat Museum. The underground museum is in the original communications bunker in Willakool Dr. At Lake Boga, the water mass is popular for watersports, fishing and camping, and is home to a variety of bird species that can be seen on the various walks. A yachting regatta is held here each Easter. 17 km SE.

Lakeside Nursery and Gardens: over 300 varieties of roses; 10 km NW.

Tyntyndyer Homestead: built in 1846; open Tues and Thurs 10am–4pm or by appt; Murray Valley Hwy; 20 km NW.

Nyah: good market with local produce; 2nd Sat each month; 27 km NW.

Tooleybuc: situated in NSW, it has a tranquil riverside feel and good fishing, picnicking and riverside walks. The Bridgekeepers Cottage has sales and displays of dolls and crafts; 46 km N.

Fishing spots near town

Swan Hill 8 km

From Mulwala to Swan Hill there are excellent fishing opportunities. Some of the top spots along this stretch include Barmah, Echuca and the famous Torrumbarry Weir. The huge Murray cod mounted near the park in Swan... Find out more

Tol Tol 98 km

I made my first serious Murray cod trip on the Murray River near Robinvale and for years was asked not to write about such a special stretch of river that produces a higher-than-average proportion of big cod. It... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Murray Downs Golf & Country Club Resort 5 km

What follows is one of the success stories of golf along the Murray River. Set in the heart of Kidman Reid’s historic Murray Downs sheep station, the Murray Downs Golf & Country Club Resort was constructed... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Java Spice

Indonesian language teacher Peter Morrison and his wife, Trish, didn’t set out to open a restaurant, but such was their love for Asian culture and architecture, it just sort of happened. All the buildings,... Find out more

Quo Vadis

Three generations of the Tripodi family have been involved in the running of this popular Italian restaurant and pizza parlour for more than 20 years. It is spread over three shops in the town’s main street: the... Find out more

Yutaka Sawa

Meaning ‘good harvest’, this simple Japanese restaurant in the town’s main street produces consistently high-quality dishes that are slightly larger than the normal Tokyo-style offerings, which pleases... Find out more

Campsites around town

HillTop Resort 6 km

Travel 5 km north of Swan Hill on the Murray Valley Hwy and, at Tyntynder South, you’ll find the 13 ha HillTop Resort. There are several dozen spots here for tents and camper vans, with the rest of the complex... Find out more

Lake Boga Caravan Park 15 km

Lake Boga is part of a patchwork of lakes on either side of the Murray Valley Hwy to the north-west and south of Kerang. When water is plentiful, the Kerang Lakes, as they’re known, form a significant wetlands area... Find out more

Vinifera camping area 19 km

The Vinifera Reserve is shared by forests of black box and river red gum, and is a pleasant place for a lazy picnic. The camping area is located about 20 km north of Swan Hill, south of Nyah near the town of Vinifera... Find out more

Nyah camping area 24 km

This camping area is beside the township of Nyah, where the Murray River broadens its banks for a few kilometres. South-east of here, down the Murray Valley Hwy, is Tyntyndyer Homestead, which has the dubious honour of... Find out more

The Marshes camping areas 37 km

Though they sound rather unappealing, the marshes in question are in fact significant wetlands with a thriving population of birds; eagles’ nests are scattered throughout the area. There’s dispersed camping... Find out more

Lake Bael Bael camping areas 40 km

Lake Bael Bael is one of the largest of the 50 or so bodies of water that make up the Kerang Lakes, an internationally recognised wetland district. It’s fed by the Avoca River and, in turn, sustains a bewildering... Find out more

Middle Reedy Lake camping area 46 km

This is one of the 3 freshwater bodies that make up the Reedy Lakes system, which is in turn part of the renowned Kerang Lakes wetlands. Middle Reedy Lake is famous for its extensive ibis rookery, but it also attracts... Find out more

Campbells Island State Forest camping areas 47 km

This state forest is about 5 km downstream of Barham via Little Murray Rd off North Barham Rd.... Find out more

Benwell camping area (bush camping) 49 km

Follow Murray Rd from Murrabit township, or Hall or Watsons lanes from the Koondrook–Murrabit Rd, and you’ll soon find yourself surrounded by river red gums. Fishing in the river is focused on Murray cod and... Find out more

Guttrum camping area (bush camping) 56 km

Bush-camping sites are scattered throughout Guttrum State Forest, where campers while away the hours, and the days, by swimming, canoeing and fishing in the waters of the Murray River. From Koondrook, follow Cassidys La... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Big4 Swan Hill Riverside Caravan Park 1 km

Within walking distance to the centre of town, and with large expanses of green lawn and a long frontage to the Murray River, this place boasts a heated pool, undercover barbecues and a well-stocked shop. Bookings are... Find out more

BIG4 Swan Hill 2 km

On the northern edge of town, this is a very good quality park that will satisfy the most fastidious traveller. The owner-operated establishment has a range of accommodation and good facilities including a six-hole golf... Find out more

Lake Boga Caravan Park 15 km

Squeezed between the Murray Valley Highway and the shores of Lake Boga, this is ideal for an overnight stop or a restful few days; sailing, water-skiing and swimming are popular activities. The park has good basic... Find out more

Ibis Caravan Park 58 km

This park is 3 km south of Kerang, with nice shady spots and a tennis court. It is an excellent overnight stop at a budget price. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies in all holidays.... Find out more

Balranald Caravan Park 77 km

This is a good, grassy park on the north bank of the Murrumbidgee River within easy walking distance of the town centre. The park, adjacent to the bridge at the east end of town, is easily accessible from the Sturt... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

BIG 4 Swan Hill

This award-winning family-focused holiday park is on 4 hectares of landscaped grounds, a two-minute drive from Swan Hill. Accommodation is in one-, two- and three-bedroom cabins – all with reverse-cycle... Find out more

Best’s Riverbed and Breakfast

This traditional B&B offers guests the chance to stay in what was originally part of the shearers’ quarters of historic Murray Downs homestead. Built in 1917, the building has been converted to accommodate... Find out more

Burrabliss B&B

Situated on the shore of Lake Boga about 10 minutes by car from Swan Hill, this traditional B&B property has three accommodation options. Suite Bliss is ideal for a secluded romantic getaway with king-size bed,... Find out more

Murray Downs Resort

You don’t have to be a golfer to stay at this golf resort, but since the course is considered one of the best along the Murray River, it could tempt you to take up the sport – or to at least book a lesson.... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Lake Boga park area 14 km

At Lake Boga

On the shores of the lake via Jacaranda Cres.

Nyah park area 25 km

At Nyah

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Nyah camping area 25 km

At Nyah

Large grassed area well off the highway via River St. Located at the recreation reserve behind the sporting complex.

Nyah Forest camping area 26 km

T/O 6km S of Wood Wood (L) or 2km N of Nyah (R)

Under shady trees on a riverbank. Located 1km (unsealed) east of the highway via Byrnes La.

Wood Wood camping area 32 km

T/O at Wood Wood

Just off the highway. Among trees on a riverbank in Nyah State Forest.

Wood Wood park area 32 km

At Wood Wood

Just off the highway on a riverbank.

Lake Charm rest area 36 km

22km SE of Lake Boga (R) or 20km NW of Kerang (L)

Just off the highway, on the shores of the lake.

Piangil North rest area 39 km

92km S of Robinvale (L) or 9km N of Wood Wood (R)

Just off the highway. On a riverbank under some shady trees.

Bailey Plains rest area 44 km

31km E of Manangatang (R) or 9km W of Piangil (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Ibis Rookery park area 47 km

32km SE of Lake Boga (L) or 10km NW of Kerang (R)

Well off the highway, near the bird observatory.

Apex park area 49 km

36km SE of Lake Boga (L) or 8km NW of Kerang (R)

Well off the highway, among a few trees on the shores of a lake. 

Kerang park area 55 km

At Kerang

Adjacent to the highway. On the west side of town.

Berriwillock park area 61 km

At Berriwillock

Opposite the hotel on the service road through town.

Willows camping area 67 km

T/O 25km E of Balranald (R) or 108km W of Hay (L)

In the scrub 3km (unsealed) south of the highway in Yanga Conservation Park.

Lake Tyrell rest area 68 km

82km SE of Ouyen (L) or 83km N of Wycheproof (R)

Just off the highway among a couple of trees.

Green Lake camping area 70 km

T/O at Sea Lake (R) or Berriwillock (L)

On the shores of the lake 10km south of Sea Lake or north-west of Berriwillock. Some powered sites available.

Yanga Creek rest area 71 km

9km E of Balranald (R) or 124km W of Hay (L)

Well off the highway among a few trees.

Junction rest area 75 km

5km E of Balranald (R) or 128km W of Hay (L)

Just off the highway.

Mamanga camping area 75 km

T/O 3km E of Balranald (R) or 130km W of Hay (L)

Secluded area in the scrub 7km (partly unsealed) south of the highway in Yanga National Park.

Passage camping area 77 km

T/O 51km SE of Robinvale (L) or 85km NW of Swan Hill (R)

Secluded area 5km (unsealed) north of the highway in Murray River Reserve. Good shade.

Boundary Bend East park area 78 km

46km E of Robinvale (L) or 55km NW of Wood Wood (R)

Adjacent to the highway. On a riverbank among some large trees.

Cohuna park area 79 km

At Cohuna

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Wycheproof park area 88 km

At Wycheproof

Just off the highway. In the middle of town.

Birchip park area 93 km

At Birchip

Adjacent to the highway. On the south side of town.

Teddywaddy rest area 99 km

23km SE of Wycheproof (L) or 9km N of Charlton (R)

Just off the highway among a few shady trees.

What's on around town

Market: railway carpark, Curlewis St; 3rd Sun each month.

Food and wine festival: festivities at venues including the Pioneer Settlement and Lake Boga Yacht Club; Labour Day–long weekend, March.

Racing Carnival: Jockey Club, Gray St; June.

Australian Inland Wine Show: details from visitor centre; Oct.

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