Pioneer Settlement, Swan Hill

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Learn how the early settlers lived at Pioneer Settlement, a replica of a riverside town. Step aboard the restored paddle steamer Gem and watch shows at Kaiser Stereoscopic Panorama Theatre, one of only three anywhere in the world. Hop on a horse-drawn coach to explore the village made up of 50 cottages and heritage buildings. Steel wheel tractors are the only examples still existing anywhere in the world. The youngest visitors will be delighted at the opportunity to dress up in old-time clothes and taste treats at the candy shop. During the day, relax on the Mighty Murray River with a cruise aboard the PS Pyar. In the evening, a modern sound-and-light show will ensure your journey back in time is a memorable experience. Use our Swan Hill road trip planning tool to visit Pioneer Settlement on your trip to Swan Hill, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • lots to look at. took heaps of photos and people who work there are very informative on all aspects of the tourist park.  more »
  • What a lovely place to visit. There are lots of activities through the day, better if you go in the morning around 9.30 or you could miss some. We booked in for the 3 in 1 tours, including the River b...  more »
  • Went with friends to this lovely little village of yesteryear. We bought the 3 activity pass. What a wonderful day exploring the park. Went for a horse ride, a ride in a dodge car and meandered the ex...  more »
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  • Loved the laser light show. Absolutely unexpected and delighted us immensely. Well worth a visit. The staff and volunteers deeply care about this place and what they share with the visitors. Impressive all-round. My partner had been before and it was a completely different show and set up.
  • Absolutely loved the settlement. Just like stepping back in time. The aboriginal lesson was excellent. The kids loved learning how they made canoes from a tree. A place not to be missed.
  • I have been to this place many times over the years as a local. This year I took some friends from overseas, they loved it. The ride in the old car, the river and taking photos in the old style clothing, great! Really great to see how much it has improved since 10 years ago!
  • We did a self guided tour and paddle steamer cruise. Excellent value. Enjoyed looking around. Staff were friendly. Loved the music shop. Well priced souvenirs
  • We visited the Settlement at night to see the Heartbeat of the Murray Laser Light and Sound show. The settlement looked lovely in the sunset and we will return when we have a day in Swan Hill. Seeing and hearing the huge flocks of cockatoos flying through the settlement to their roost for the night in the beautiful river red gum trees was lovely while we were waiting for the show. Th e light show and story of the Murray River was excellent. We were there on a still night so the visuals looked magnificent. Definitely worth visiting if you are in Swan Hill at night.
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