Pioneer Settlement


Set on the banks of the Little Murray River, Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement stands as a captivating testament to Australia's pioneering past.

Stepping into the settlement is like stepping back in time, where visitors can immerse themselves in the sights, sounds, and stories of early rural life.

By day, visitors can explore the various exhibits and demonstrations. From the humble cottages of settlers to the general store and blacksmith's workshop, every corner reveals a piece of Australia's rich history. Take a riding on a horse-drawn carriage or a lovingly-restored 1920s Dodge, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

For those seeking a more serene experience, a leisurely cruise along the Murray River aboard the historic PS Pyap offers a tranquil escape. As the paddle steamer glides through the shimmering waters, you can soak in the natural beauty of the riverbanks, adorned with towering gums and abundant wildlife. Departing daily from Horseshoe Bend Wharf.

As night falls, the Pioneer Settlement takes on a magical ambiance. Showing on alternate nights, the Heartbeat of the Murray or the new Legends of the Mallee laser light spectaculars are shows with brilliant colours, water, light, lasers, special effects, and booming sound! Learn about the history of the Murray River from thirty million years ago to today, or the history and legends of the Mallee region.  

Whether by day, by river or by night, a visit to the Pioneer Settlement promises an unforgettable journey through time.

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125 Monash Drive, Swan Hill View Map

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