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Pioneer Settlement, Swan Hill

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.1/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web
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. Work out when and for how long to visit Pioneer Settlement and other Swan Hill attractions using our handy Swan Hill vacation generator.
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  • What a fabulous set up, it was a great afternoon spent wandering around the township and looking how they use to live. There was everything there from the chemist, to the lock up cell to an old paddle...  read more »
  • We had a great time here. Spent the day wandering around the settlement and did the Pyap river cruise. We also went to the sound and light show and the kids loved it. Well worth visiting 
  • We are so lucky to have the settlement in our town! My family and I often go down on a Sunday and have a wander around, a ride in the old car and on the horse and cart! Every time we have friends or f...  read more »
  • Not much to do there, you will spend most of the day walking around looking at things that are boring before having access to an overpriced and low quality cafe, only good things are car ride and horse and cart ride, and they get repetitive after the first time, the sweet shop is a plus but once again everything is overpriced and not great quality, staff are unhelpful and understaffed, not worth your time and money, your children will become bored and the parents will waste a lot of money on guff that wont be used, the gift shop is just stupidly overpriced, i recently bought a "back scratcher" made of a cheap plastic and had a sticker of the settle meant on it and i was charged $15, even though the quality was only worth $5, if you are going to swan hill, this is worth a visit but you wont spend more than a hour there and you should only go there once, go to sovreign hill in Ballarat, is it at least 10x better.
  • Best attraction in Swan Hill, educational and fun. Love the paddlesteemer rides but think it is slightly too pricey.
  • Peacefull and very polite and helpful locals
  • Great for kids! So much wonderful history.
  • If you only have a short stay in Swan Hill, or wondering what attractions are in the area, Pioneer Settlement should be on the top of your list. It will easily keep you busy the whole day (and evening if you opt for the sound and light show). Well staffed by knowledgeable locals with many restored buildings, machines, tools and working exhibits. Don't forget a ride on the paddle steamer, too.
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