Horse Rides

Let our resident horses Harry and Gemma take you on a leisurely ride around our Mallee township in the Settlement’s own unique carriage. Rides are free with entry to the Settlement – just meet them under the Peppercorn tree at the end of the main street, outside the saddlers shop.

Car Rides

There’s no air-con, no power windows and certainly no cruise control, but a trip to the Pioneer Settlement wouldn’t be complete without a ride in our lovingly-restored 1920s Dodge.

Rides are free with entry to the Settlement – just meet one of our friendly volunteer drivers outside the Saddlery.

Cruise the mighty Murray River aboard the PS Pyap.

One hour cruises depart from the Pioneer Settlement wharf each day, taking you upriver past the Riverside Caravan Park, Murray Downs Marina and the historic Murray Downs Homestead.

Cruises are daily at 2.30pm. On weekends, public holidays and Victorian school holidays, an extra cruise also departs at 10.30am.

Additional cruise times

Food & Wine – Saturday 11th March

  • 1.00pm and 2.30pm

Easter Sailing

  • Good Friday – 10.30 & 2.30
  • Easter Saturday – 10.30am,  12.00pm and  2.30pm
  • Easter Sunday – 10.30am,  12.00pm and  2.30pm
  • Easter Monday – 10.30am,  12.00pm and  2.30pm
  • Easter Tuesday – 10.30am and  2.30pm

The Pyap serves a range of snacks and beverages on board.

About the PS Pyap

The paddlesteamer Pyap was built at Mannum in South Australia in 1896.

Despite her great size – she is almost 30 metres long and 4.8 metres wide – she has a very shallow draft which means she can float in less than a metre of water.

In her early days she was used a floating general store. She travelled the lower Murray River, stopping at small towns and farm stations along the way. Inside, she had a serving counter, a store section and a separate drapery at the rear of her lower deck. The crew slept on the upper deck.

The PS Pyap travelled 500 kilometres each week selling goods to settlers at over 60 settlements and landing places along the river.