Once a busy Murray River port, Swan Hill has survived the passing of the paddle-steamer era as a pleasant rural town of 10,000 people who prosper through a combination of commerce and tourism.
Set on the Murray Valley Highway 338km north-west of Melbourne, Swan Hill is blessed with a mild, sunny climate that attracts a constant flow of visitors drawn by the lure of good fishing and boating.
A Folk Museum and a Pioneer Settlement on the Little Murray River help flesh out the tourist attractions. The settlement, which recreates pioneer life also focuses on the local Aboriginal culture and is staffed by people in period costume.
You can cruise or dine at your leisure on craft operating out of the town port, while historic Murray Downs Station just 2km out of Swan Hill offers a glimpse into the past.
Swan Hill is a multicultural community and the rich ethnic mix is mirrored in the Regional Contemporary Art Gallery's collection and displays.