Introducing Swan Hill
Swan Hill is a sleepy river town without the tourist hype of Mildura and Echuca, but with undeniable appeal. The riverside pioneer settlement is one of the best of its kind in Victoria. Back in 1836, Major Mitchell, explorer and surveyor, was kept awake all night by swans on the nearby lagoon, thus giving the town its name. The area was settled by sheep graziers soon after, and the original homesteads of the two major properties in the area, Murray Downs and Tyntyndyer, are still looking magnificent. Swan Hill is a major regional centre surrounded by fertile irrigated farms that produce grapes and other fruits, yet it maintains the easy pace of a country town.