Swan Hill is a city in the northwest of Victoria on the Murray Valley Highway and on the south bank of the Murray River. It has a population of about 11,000 people.
The Swan Hill region is home to an amazing range of producers, growers and wineries – all within an easy drive from each other. Discover this vibrant foodie gem via farm-gate tours, interactive cooking classes and restaurants that showcase the best of this region’s seasonal produce.
The Swan Hill region offers a rich tapestry of history, art and culture. Immerse yourself in what this vibrant pioneer city has to offer with historic walks, museum and gallery visits
Recognised as having one of Australia’s most comprehensive collections of naïve art, Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery offers a lively program of changing exhibitions as well as a permanent collection and works from local artists.
The Gallery’s permanent collection includes paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures from 1970, with special interest in Australian Naïve art, works on paper and pieces relating to this region. In keeping with this theme, the Gallery hosts the prestigious biennial National Print and Drawing Acquisitive Award.
The Gallery was first established in 1966 and located on the paddle steamer Gem, operating under the management of the Pioneer Settlement Authority. It soon became evident that this unique location was inadequate for housing the growing permanent collection and the many touring exhibitions that were on offer. In 1974 the Gallery was officially established as part of the Regional Art Gallery Network in Victoria.
Visit Swan Hill’s Pioneer Settlement where history comes alive via immaculately preserved buildings from a bygone era. Tuck into scrumptious cakes from a nineteenth century tearoom, ride in the old car and enjoy a leisurely Murray River cruise on board the PS Pyap paddle steamer.
Or you can choose to explore the town’s past via two picturesque walking trails. The River Walk is a leisurely 4.5km stroll along the Murray and Little Murray Rivers that can start from Milloo Street Wetlands and end at Pental Island Bridge. Now and Then takes you through Swan Hill’s modern streetscapes; this walk highlights beautiful historical buildings as well those lost to the evolution of progress.
Be sure to stay for the Heartbeat of the Murray, a laser light spectacular chronicling the life of the Murray from the beginning of time. Screens daily from 7:30pm.