Swan Hill is small and remote enough to retain the regional charm of a classic Aussie town, but big enough to boast classy attractions and a dose of big-city sophistication.
The town is surrounded by, and provides services to, a large agricultural sector. Fresh fruit (especially stone fruits) and veg are the main crops, while Swan Hill central keeps this pastoral entrepreneurial spirit alive, with more than 1300 small businesses.
The boutique shopping is excellent, the riverfront parks are broad and lovely, and there are places to stay to suit all travellers and budgets. The Regional Art Gallery has one of Australia's most comprehensive collections of naive art, alongside Australian prints and drawings. It’s well worth an extended pit stop.
Some might remember Swan Hill just for the Pioneer Settlement, a rite of passage for many Aussie kids and a favourite school holiday destination. The Settlement still scrubs up well, and is still the major tourist drawcard. Well, that and the stunning local golf courses.
Even if your handicap is greater than your age, the experience of walking through the charming, perfectly groomed fairways and stunning signature holes will make up for all those miss-hits and lost balls.