Just a few kilometres upstream from historic Benalla, the picturesque village of Swanpool is set alongside Broken River in the green and pleasant hills where Ned Kelly and his gang once roamed.
Centrepoint of the town is an old-time cinema whose proprietor keeps film buffs on their toes with a program that combines the latest films with timeless classics of the silver screen.
A 20km drive south takes you to stunning Lake Nillacootie. The grassy shores of this beautiful little lake attract both native birds and picnickers, while the locals have their favourite swimming and fishing holes. And don’t be surprised if you see a set of sails glinting in the sunset. A bunch of land-locked sailors have formed a yachting club on the lake.
Ten kilometres south of Swanpool, Ian and Angels Preuss host visitors to Pingarra Alpacas. Pinjarra specialises in rearing and raising suri, a rare breed of alpaca whose fleece is described as 'a curtain of silk.' The property also supports a diverse range of native animals and birds.