Pioneer Settlement draws the crowds in.


A step back in time is assured to those who visit the Pioneer Settlement at Swan Hill. The settlement is a popular destination for school excursions and for those of us who have a genuine interest in life from the bygone days.

Situated on the picturesque banks of the Marraboor River this attraction is home to 1850s Pioneer Cottages, Towaninnie Homestead and a Mallee Township you can wander at leisure through experiencing real Australian history.

Whip cracking, vintage cars and old fashioned treats feature as do scones and yummy devonshire tea.

Complimentary vintage car rides are a popular way for visitors to absorb the sights offered. Driving along the river is an impressive way to first see Towanninnie Homestead. Made from drop logs, this homestead is a typical 1880's Mallee homestead, with Mallee root fences, mud brick kitchen, and half cellar.

Further along is the Lower Murray Inn with its enticing ambience. This area has been developed, in partnership with the Swan Hill Lions Club and the Friends of the Pioneer Settlement, into a family friendly picnic area. During the school holidays BBQs and children's activities are held here

With arms full of old fashioned lollies from Sparkes & Perkins General Store and Wanted Posters from The Echo Print Shop, watch the blacksmith hard at work; wander the Golden Harvest Trail, or marvel at the array of tractors in the industrial area.

Add to your visit a cruise aboard the paddle-steamer PS Pyap; dressing up in costume for a family photograph; a walk on Pental Island; a chat with Uncle Bruce about local indigenous culture or the Sound and Light show at night. It is easy to see why the Pioneer Settlement offers a complimentary second day in their admission pass.

Not forgetting the delightful tearooms, they also provide delicious Devonshire Teas while the sounds of the music shop Pianola blend with the horse's hooves and laughter of tourists enjoying free horse and cart rides.

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