Pioneer Settlement, Swan Hill

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#20 of 176 in Museums in Victoria
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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  • August 8, 2017
    The children and I had a fantastic time walking around and exploring the past, we had a river cruise the time went so quickly the kids loved every min, after a great day we came back for the light sho...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    I am very interested step back in time. There is old vehicle and building inside there. You can see how the people making horse shoes with traditional tools. Very interesting.  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    Was a great day touring thru the exhibits, well worth the entry fee to see heritage of the region? Enjoyed the Paddle steamer and commentary was funny, staff curtious and friendly!  more »
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  • A great way to spend some time taking you back to an era that was simple but very hard.Great recreations of the homesteads & lots of the other general stores,the chemists etc. We went for a drive around in a 1925 Dodge.Thatcwas brilliant.Really friendly staff. The PS GEM paddlesteamer was there. All situated along the Murray it should I say the Little Murray. If your in Swan Hill stop off & take a trip back to the 1850's.Must add Victoria need to really hold on to our history.Its made us what we are today. Loved it. Great value for money.
  • A lovely look back in time. The set up flows well. If you like history it's worth a look. The food and wine festival is held here, fantastic opportunity to sample local produce. Make sure you check out the paddle steamer and light show. Spectacular!
  • Turned up with 50 or so motorcycle riders and the staff were fantastic. The open pit fire was great as was the food served up by the local Lions. Kitchens supplied our hot beverages and we had full run of the pace. Don't forget the Aerogard. The Murray Mossies will fly away with you!
  • I used a steam boat as lodging for a week... Student rates, no extra charge over hotel... Excellent...
  • Relaxing and peaceful walk around the settlement. A few free activities for the kids (make a skipping rope, make butter, etc). Interesting displays set up in each shop. Did the 3-in-1 pass which gets you in to the settlement for a few days, plus the 1 hour long paddle steam boat cruise, and the very impressive night laser light show (opened December 2015). The cafe has reasonably priced meals ($3 chips, $4 hot dog, $8 lasagna and salad). You can dress up in settlement style costume for $5 and they'll take lots of photos for you with your own camera. A great attraction for Swan Hill, and a great way to support the local community.

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