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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  • This was a surprisingly good attraction to visit. Affordable, plenty of options for adults and children, to keep them amused. A beautiful setting, the weather on a sunny winter's morning allowed for p...  more »
  • Everything everyone says out the settlement is true it is good. The exhibits are very thorough and genuine. Perhaps better on weekends when some of the displays may be on. Lots were closed being a qui...  more »
  • we went with the grandson being young he seen the good old days we had to explain a lot very enjoyable need to allow at least 4 hrs with paddle steamer cruise they have a horse and carriage old dodge ...  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.
  • 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 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.
  • Very nice to visit with very friendly and welcoming staff. Well laid out with lots to look at and lots of information. Free vintage car and horse and carriage rides and a nice river cruise.
  • This was our families first visit, but will not be the last. What a fantastic step back in time, with so many things to look at and experience. From old printing machines, blacksmith and wood turning displays, butter churning, rope making, a ride on a paddle steamer and old machinery as far as the eye can see, this is a must do when in town. The staff and especially the Volunteers are so accommodating, friendly and knowledgeable and were happy to answer any questions we had. The Heartbeat of the Murray sound and light show is a must do, It was out of this world. To everyone at the park, thankyou for making our visit so special it was a real highlight. We will be back.

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