Swan Hill is in Murray region of Victoria, Australia. It lies on the south bank of the Murray River. With a population of around 10,000, the town is full of country charm and interesting cultural and historic attractions, without the crowds of a large regional centre.
The area was given its current name by explorer Thomas Mitchell, while camping beside a hill on 21 June 1836.
By trainSwan Hill is the northern terminus of the Swan Hill railway line, served twice daily by V/Line trains from Melbourne. The train journey takes 4.5 hours and departs from Southern Cross Station in Melbourne, the terminus for all country services. Unlike other routes, this line requires reservations and paper tickets (Myki cards are not valid for travel past Eaglehawk) which can be purchased from Southern Cross (or other V/Line stations), on the V/Line website or by calling 1800 800 007.
By carThe Murray Valley Highway connects Swan Hill to Mildura, Kerang, Echuca and Albury-Wodonga. Melbourne can be reached in about 3.5 hours via Bendigo (Calder Freeway) and Kerang (Loddon Valley Highway).
By busThe V/Line coach network operates several routes that pass through Swan Hill. The daily Mildura–Albury-Wodonga service passes through around lunchtime and reaches either end from 6-8pm. The Mildura–Ballarat–Mildura loop service also passes Swan Hill. There is also a connection to Melbourne with a train connection in Bendigo. Reservations are required for V/Line coach services in this area.
By planeThe gateway to Victoria is Melbourne Airport (MEL), which serves many domestic and international destinations.
The regional airport at Mildura (MQL) is connected to Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Broken Hill, but flights can be expensive. Access to Swan Hill is by bus.
phone: +61 3 5036 2333 (for general enquiries; council offices)address: Back Boga Road, about 3km south of Swan HillSwan Hill's small airport is operated by the local council and does not host scheduled services, but pilot training does occur there. Most small aircraft can use the airport for free. There are public toilets and a taxi phone at the airport's terminal building.
The centre of Swan Hill is quite small and easily navigable on foot.
The town has two local bus services operated by Swan Link (Swan Hill Bus Lines) which travel around the northern and southern suburbs of the town respectively. The buses run hourly from 8:00–6:00 during the week and 8:00–12:30 on Saturdays.
The Swan Hill–Tooleybuc bus route (operated by Swan Hill Bus Lines connects Swan Hill with the smaller towns of Nyah West, Nyah, Wood Wood, Piangil and Tooleybuc, NSW.
There is a bus which connects Swan Hill with the tiny towns of Wycheproof and Lalbert on Thursdays, departing Wycheproof in the morning and returning in the afternoon. There is also a service to Lake Boga and Ultima on Thursdays which extends to Sea Lake on Fridays (both services arrive in Swan Hill in the morning and depart in the afternoon).
phone: +61 3 5036 2430address: Horseshoe Bend, Swan HillThe Gallery hosts a growing collection of Australian works, and presents touring exhibitions and events throughout the year.
Burke and Wills Fig Treeaddress: Curlewis StLocal legend says that on their way north to the Gulf of Carpentaria, explorers Burke and Wills planted this fig tree in the yard of a local doctor. Located next to the Best Western Travellers Rest.
phone: +61 3 5036 2410address: Monash Drive, Swan HillA twee look back at white Australia's roots, complete with 1850s cottages, horse-drawn carriages and river cruises. Visitors can craft their own rope, churn butter and have a 'WANTED' poster of their face printed. Tea rooms serve Devonshire teas, and the settlement also includes an obligatory lolly shop.
River WalkStarting at the Pump Station, Milloo Street, the 4.5km walking trail leads walkers along the Murray and past many of the town's attractions. The easy walk ends north of Pental Island Bridge and takes around two hours to complete.
Swan Hill Food and Wine FestivalEvery Labour Day weekend the town comes alive with a celebration of local food and wine. Live music, a farmers market, restaurant specials and river cruises are highlights.
phone: +61 3 5032 2110address: Swan Hill RacecourseThe Swan Hill Jockey Club meets 12 times each season, including the Swan Hill June Racing Carnival held over the June long weekend, which attracts 9,000 people each year.
phone: +61 3 5032 1200address: 202 Beveridge Street, Swan HillGood café serving the usual selection of drinks and small meals. Caters to vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets.
Niko Nikophone: +61 3 5032 9080address: 174 Campbell St, Swan HillServes Japanese and Korean food at reasonable prices.
phone: +61 3 5033 0511address: 17 Beveridge St, Swan HillServes Thai and South East Asian dishes in a garden full of imported teak buildings. Java Spice was listed in the top four Thai restaurants in Victoria in the 2010 The Age Good Food Guide. Also delivers to the Swan Hill area and you can order takeaway online.
phone: +61 3 5032 4408address: 255-259 Campbell St, Swan HillFamily-owned restaurant serving Italian favourites with both indoor and outdoor seating.
phone: +61 3 5032 2601address: 125 Monash Drive, Swan HillOverlooking the Murray and situated between the Pioneer Settlement and Art Gallery, Spoons serves local produce in a modern Australian style. The restaurant also serves weddings and functions.
phone: +61 3 5032 9677address: 375 Campbell Street, Swan HillCheap and cheerful motel located close to attractions. Free Wi-Fi, Foxtel (pay TV) and pool.
phone: +61 3 5033 1966address: 5 Murray Downs Drive, Murray Downs NSWLocated 3 kilometres out of town across the river in New South Wales, Murray Downs incorporates a golf course and dining options with live entertainment on Saturdays.
phone: +61 3 5032 9788address: 370 Campbell Street, Swan HillFour-star motel located close to the train station and most of the town's attractions. Has an onsite restaurant (Charlie Grays), Wi-Fi, pay TV and an outdoor pool.
phone: +61 3 5032 9644address: 110 Curlewis St, Swan HillA standard motel next to the Burke and Wills fig tree. Located about 100m from the main shopping strip and the Pioneer Settlement. Amenities include: satellite television, Wi-Fi, pool and spa.
phone: +61 3 5036 2480address: 53 Campbell St, Swan HillThe library offers free Wi-Fi as well as computers with internet access (bookings recommended). Printing, fax and photocopying are also available for a small fee.
McDonaldsphone: +61 3 5032 1444address: 424-426 Campbell St, Swan HillOffers fast free Wi-Fi.