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Swan Hill Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 14 photos

Swan Hill received its name in the early 1840's when the famous Australian explorer Thomas Mitchell camped there and was kept awake at night by the noisy swans.
I didn't notice any swans in this town today, so perhaps they are all gone.

Swan Hill is situated approximately 5 hours drive north (and slightly to the east) of Melbourne in the Riverina/Murray River district of northern Victoria.
The mighty Murray river not only divides most of Victoria from New South Wales, but in the west it also flows into South Australia right to Goolwa, not far south of Adelaide.

There are many different types of landscape to be seen in the area
On the one hand, we have the mighty (and rather murky brown) Murray River, vineyards, orchards, wheat , sheep and dairy farms, and on the other hand, palm trees everywhere and a Mediterranean climate.
This city also boasts more sunshine per year than the Gold Coast! I don't know how they do it , but I'm assured it is true, and the temperature was 7 degrees warmer than at home in Ballarat, only 3 hours drive south!

And a part of the mighty Murray river itself, with the bridge to New South Wales.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lots of sunshine, several different types of landscapes
  • Cons:A long way from any major cities or other centres - a bit isolated
  • In a nutshell:Great weather, seems a nice lifestyle, city quite self sufficient
  • Last visit to Swan Hill: Oct 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • metteks's Profile Photo
    Oct 13, 2005 at 8:17 AM

    Great tips about Swann Hill. Not the usual tourist destination. I worked in Lake Boga for 9 months, so I know Swan Hill very well.


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