Pioneer Settlement is the perfect place to host your next school excursion or camp.

Because of the many rivers with their constant supply of food and water, as well as access to other natural resources, the Swan Hill region is rich in archaeological remains, fossils and artefacts. The indigenous history stretches back over 50 000 years and pays homage to the original inhabitants of this land; Wadi Wadi and Wamba Wamba people.

The environmental difficulty experienced by early settlers demonstrates the remoteness of the Mallee. Buildings are more modest and intended to be temporary in the pursuit of exploration, agriculture and pasteurisation in a hostile environment. This gives way to the ingenuity of the early settlers and their design in machinery, housing and travel.

Through a variety of hands-on activities students can live and learn like a pioneer in the early 19th century of the Mallee region. These activities not only include time to explore at Pioneer Settlement, but visits to local farms and attractions. We offer a range of activities that can be tailored to suit curriculum’s and student levels, or you can simply take part in one of our recommended packages, ranging from a day trip to a four night stay.

Pioneer Settlement Education program is supported by the Department of Education and Training.

Let our helpful team guide you on the best program for your school – call (03) 5036 2410 or email


The Swan Hill region has a rich history dating back to the dreamtime, through European settlement to the prosperous farming region it is today.
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For Teachers

The Pioneer Settlement is an exciting destination for school visits and camps, with a range of unique and diverse educational activities.
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