Murray river boat @Department for Environment and Water 2 days 1 night

Swan Hill short break trip,
things to do — guide & itinerary

Trip Length:2 days, 1 night
Swan Hill Forecast:The warmest month of the year is January, with an average temperature of 23.3°C | 73.9°F. The lowest average temperatures in the year occur in July, when it is around 9.2°C
Best time to visit:Spring through to Autumn. For extended river boat cruising water levels are the critical measure to consider.
  • Heritage homesteads
  • Wineries, of course it is Australia
  • Murray River cruises
  • Riverside walks and trails
  • Quirky museums from Flying Boats to
  • Art galleries
About Trip
Weekend away in Swan Hill
Take a Vline train and explore beyond Melbourne

Sick of driving for your weekend break?

How about visiting Swan Hill on the V-line train service Friday evening return Sunday evening.

Let’s get you started with a weekend car free, lots to do and not a care in the world. Getting around Swan Hill is easy without a vehicle. The centre of Swan Hill is quite small and easily navigable on foot. A weekend of indulgence, leisurely walks, things that do not require a vehicle. You can return to check out the great destinations, just down the road another time.

Murray river boat @markbur58

Saturday morning: Stop 1
Breakfast by the Murray River
Saturday brunch by the River

Let’s get into the frame of our weekend with a delicious brunch by Murray.

A cafe by the Murray River will set the tone for the weekend. Someone has prepared a delicious, decadent breakfast for you. Perhaps it is at Sands Riverside, take your time picking where to go for your breakfast. You are toying between Autumn Bruschetta with pomodoro sauce, bacon & basil on toasted Turkish bread with poached, fried, scrambled or chilli scrambled eggs or you could choose the Deluxe Brekky Burger with bacon, spinach, fried eggs, tomato & pesto mayonnaise and then there are  the pancakes. Replete you now have the Saturday market to linger over. Make room for traditional sweets from the lolly shop.

Breakfast Swan Hill @goddioli

Stop 2
Heritage exploration
Pioneer Recreated Settlement

One of Australia’s best ethnographic settlements recreating life in the nineteenth century.

Attractions at the Pioneer Recreated Settlement is home to buildings, machinery and other items relocated from these Mallee and riverfront townships, making the Settlement an authentic representation of the area during the early 20th Century. As you wander the Settlement, you will see buildings from Mallee settlements like Dumosa, Towaninnie, Waitchie and Culgoa. You will need to make sure you are on time for your river cruise as you will be absorbed in the sights and sounds of nineteenth century industry. Be sure to visit the Lolly Shop for a humbug or lemon sherbet.

Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement @wayneneal_nmi

Saturday afternoon: Stop 3
A Murray River experience
River cruise on the Murray River

An iconic and must do cruise on one of Australia’s historic river networks.

River cruise on the Murray River. Cruise the mighty Murray River aboard the PS Pyap. One hour cruises depart from the Pioneer Settlement wharf each day, taking you upriver past the Riverside Caravan Park, Murray Downs Marina and the historic Murray Downs Homestead. Cruises are daily at 2.30pm. On weekends, public holidays and Victorian school holidays, an extra cruise also departs at 10.30am.

PS Pyap @cmdroid


BIG4 Riverside Swan Hill Camping @big4riversideswanhill

Accommodation choices from a motel to camping grounds

Your weekend away accommodation is between a comfortable motor inn or a camping ground with a front row seat to the Murray River.

  • Best Western Burke and Wills Motor Inn, 370 Campbell Street, Swan Hill Four-star motel located close to the train station and most of the town’s attractions. Has an onsite restaurant (Charlie Grays), Wi-Fi, pay TV and an outdoor pool.
  • Riverside at the camping grounds  BIG4 Riverside could not get any better for a front row view of the Murray.
Sunday morning: Stop 1
Sunday Farmers Market
Shopping & Markets

What’s Sunday without a wander around a local market.

Breakfast at the Sunday Farmers Market and the hunt to source a unique gift. The gift must do list is locally made  by an up and coming artisan or a homemaker channelling their creative touch. Anyway the goods will be distinctive, well made with the care of individual craftsmanship. Swan Hill has curated special items that call out to your shopping soul. Check out how you can squeeze fresh produce in your overnight backpack. Nothing like going home fully laden with fresh carrots, complete with a bit of earth attached. It’s all part of the holiday spirit after all.

Market Swan Hill @swanhillfarmersmarket

Sunday afternoon: Stop 2
Walking trail
The Murray is your guide

Look out for the big thing, The Murray Cod sculpture as a marker and your selfie moment. The Riverside walk is a track through Australian history. The walk starts at the Riverside Park, the closest point to the centre of the town and concludes at the Milloo St Wetlands. This section of the riverwalk is a leisurely 30-35 minutes loop walk. The  Murray is not fenced and children should be supervised.

There are interpretive signs for flora and fauna as well as insight into Aboriginal occupation and the steamboat era. There are several options for a coffee break along the track. You can take a break on the river’s edge indulging in a couples moment while you share your time visiting the Murray.

Gigantic Murray cod @nelziepops

Travel pack information

Swan Hill railway station @lapin_homme_sept

  • Vline Train Plan/buytickets. Swan Hill is the northern terminus of the Swan Hill railway line, served twice daily by V/Line trains from Melbourne. The train journey takes 4.5 hours and departs from Southern Cross Station in Melbourne, the terminus for all country services. Unlike other routes, this line requires reservations and paper tickets (Myki cards are not valid for travel past Eaglehawk) which can be purchased from Southern Cross (or other V/Line stations), on the V/Line website or by calling 1800 800 007.
  • The train. No driving, views of countryside, tea and coffee service, read a book, listen to music, check out your mobile, chat to friends. Between 4 – 4 ¾  hours.
  • Swan Hill map of main attractions PDF

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