It’s true, no trip to Swan Hill is complete without snapping a selfie with the town’s giant Murray Cod! Pull out your phone and capture that money shot with the infamous fish outside near the visitor centre.
Of course, if you’re a keen fisherman or looking to cast a line, try your luck luring a famed Murray Cod of your own by casting a line into one of Swan Hill’s many waterways. If you haven’t got gear of your own, head to one of the many bait and tackle businesses in the region who are more than happy to load you up with bait, rods, lures, and a fishing licence along with sharing their local knowledge of where the fish are biting.
Step back in time and spend a day exploring Pioneer Settlement, arm yourself with a map and navigate the township by foot, horse and carriage or a vintage car ride. Wind your way across the settlement taking in each experience from the music shop and drapery to blacksmith demonstrations, woodturners and the Kaiser Stereoscopic Theatre.
Enjoy a one hour cruise down the Murray River departing daily from Horseshoe Bend Wharf at the Pioneer Settlement aboard the Paddlesteamer Pyap. Head back at night and discover the little Murray illuminated by light for an exhilarating sound, light and laser show experience – the Heartbeat to The Murray.
For lovers of performing arts, you’ll want to catch a show at the Swan Hill Town Hall Performing Arts Centre. Originally built in 1935 the art deco space still pays homage to many of the original features, regularly hosting events from professional touring shows to theatre, music, circus, cabaret, dance and comedy.
Spend a day on the lake and explore the watery oasis of Lake Boga, just 15 minutes drive from Swan Hill. Hit the water and launch a kayak or SUP for a gentle paddle or pick up the speed and explore the lake by boat.
For those who prefer to step it out, lace up your walking shoes and wander along one of the many walking trails, keeping an eye out for the turtles in the lagoon and an abundance of waterbirds.
Keep up your step count and experience the natural beauty of Nyah Vinifera Park. Lining the banks of the Murray River the park is home to an ancient red gum forest, beautiful billabongs and lagoons making for a flourishing ecosystem of native wildlife and plants.
Pitch a tent and cast a line if you’re keen to stay a while longer, or make use of one of the many picnic tables throughout the forest and enjoy lunch surrounded by the great outdoors.