Did You Know?


Did you know these interesting facts about Swan Hill?

  • Swan Hill is situated in northwest Victoria, on the south bank of the Murray River downstream from the junction of the Loddon River.
  • Swan Hill earned its name when explorer Major Thomas Mitchell camped here in 1836 and was kept up all night by the noisy swans roaming about.
  • The 2016 census  lists the population of Swan Hill as 10,905.
  • Landmarks in the town centre include the clock tower opposite the post office, the elegant town hall (built in 1935), and the garden of conifers which surround the war memorial along the centre of McCallum Street.


  • The Burke and Wills expedition reached Swan Hill on Thursday, 6 September 1860 on their journey across Australia from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria. They made Camp XV (their fifteenth camp out of Melbourne) in the police paddock on the banks. of the Murray River in an area that is now Riverside Park.
  • The Burke & Wills Tree, located in Curlewis Street, is a Moreton Bay fig tree planted in 1860 to commemorate the expedition of the famous explorers. It is believed to be the largest tree of its kind in Australia.


  • The Murray River road bridge over the Murray River connects McCallum Street in Swan Hill to the Swan Hill Road in Murray Downs in New South Wales. The bridge is listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register. The bridge was built in 1896.


  • At the Swan Hill railway station you will find a blue fibreglass sculpture of a giant Murray Cod which was a former movie prop and gifted to the town.


Swan Hill Murray Cod

  • One of the most popular tourist attractions in town is the Pioneer Settlement, situated at the junction of the Murray and Little Murray Rivers. This settlement recreates the atmosphere of a pioneer river port town.


Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement

  • In 1853 the first paddle steamers reached Swan Hill. In September 2003, 150 years later, a fleet of boats, including replicas of the first two, re-enacted the journey from Goolwa (SA) to Swan Hill. To commemorate the event, the Pioneer Settlement commissioned a series of bollards to be painted and placed at various points between Swan Hill and Robinvale.


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