Reluctantly say goodbye to your luxury tent – your next stop is Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery.
Fittingly for the Murray River, the first local for the regional gallery was aboard a paddle steamer called Gem. That was back in 1966 and now you can visit the purpose-built gallery, home to Australia’s most comprehensive collection of naive art.
From there, turn back the clock by taking a horse-drawn carriage through the Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement and imagine what life was like in the 1880s. Buy a fistful of old fashioned lollies at the General Store, watch a blacksmith hard at work and enjoy scones at The Paragon Café.
For lunch, Spoons Riverside
next door serves food with a focus on what’s fresh, seasonal and regional. From the expansive deck enjoy peaceful views over the Little Murray River, nestled amongst the river red gums.
Chasing more local produce? Head towards the main street where Boo's Place Cafe & Provedore has a focus on paddock-to-plate eating and uses local produce in favourites like the Mallee lamb burger and the changing daily specials.
Just south of Swan Hill, Lake Boga is the place to splash, paddle, barbecue and camp. A beloved spot for swimming, fishing, walking and endless watersports, it’s popular year-round but especially in the summer.
Check into your accommodation at one of Swan Hill’s two BIG4 Holiday Parks. The BIG4 Riverside Swan Hill is in town and offers cabins right on the waterfront, while BIG4 Swan Hill has plenty for kids to do including a splash park, jumping pillow, swimming pool, mini golf and go karts.
Settle into dinner tonight at Quo Vadis, a Swan Hill institution that’s fed generations of locals with handmade pizzas and gelato since 1988. Stop in for takeaway and enjoy a drink while you wait or sit in the dining room and embrace the lively atmosphere of families sharing plates of pasta and slices of pizza.