Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement

Your kids peer into the old butter churn and cry out with amazement. The cream is really changing  into butter! A few more turns, and it’s ready. They squeeze it though muslin and carefully shape it with  a wooden butter pat and proudly spread it onto warm damper. Finally, they take a huge bite and rush  to the next olden-day activity – riding on a horse and buggy, making ropes, using the old printing  press, or dancing to a pianola…

Contact details

Monash Dr, Swan Hill; (03) 5036 2410 or 1800 981 911

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Don't Miss

■ The evening sound and light show (extra cost) in an open-topped car. Each building you pass lights  up and tells its story.

■ The photography parlour. Dress in old-fashioned costumes (small extra charge) and photos will be  taken on your own camera. Pose indoors or outside among the wonderful, authentic activities.
■ A ride up the river on the 1896 paddlesteamer Pyap (extra cost). Departures are once daily on weekdays, twice daily on weekends, public and school holidays.
■ Free vintage car rides and horse-and-buggy rides.
■ Listening to the pianola in the music shop.
■ The blacksmith – make your own nail.
■ The printing shop – print your own ‘Wanted’ poster.
■ Heritage Island across the river, where you can do a self-guided walk and find out about bush  tucker and Indigenous use of plants for healing.

Fabulous Facts

The gigantic ‘Queen of the Murray’, the paddlesteamer Gem, was not always as big as she is now. In  1882, just six years after she was built, she was sawn in half, by hand, and bullocks were used to drag  the two halves apart so that an extra section could be added in the middle!

Insider Tips

■ Tickets are valid for two days and you can buy combination packages that include various extra  options.

■ Pick up an activity pamphlet for the kids and go on a discovery trail around the settlement.
■ There is a tearoom on site as well as a lolly shop and bakery.
■ The buildings are not replicas – they are authentic pioneer structures from the 1830s to 1930s.

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