Work with our education team to coordinate activities that best suit your students.

We offer a range of activities to enhance student learning in areas like farming, transport, environment and Australian history. These include activities at the Pioneer Settlement as well as throughout the Swan Hill region.

All educational programs offered are structured to suit all student levels. Some activities are free of charge, while others have a per-student fee.

You can use our suggested camp itineraries, or work with our education team to create your own. Activities on offer include:

  • Pioneer school
  • Peg doll making
  • Pioneer building
  • Blacksmithing
  • Morse code
  • Rope making
  • Pioneer laundry
  • Photo parlour
  • Transport tour
  • Tractor tour
  • Butter churning
  • Lamington making
  • Horse-drawn vehicle rides
  • Vintage car rides
  • Print Shop tour 
  • Music Shop tour
  • Indigenous Culture – Lessons in traditional Aboriginal ways. The presenter weaves a story about life during pre-European times and incorporates an environmental message. It includes examples and explanations of scar trees, canoe trees and ring trees; aspects of the hunting-gathering culture, and the roles of various tribe members. A deluxe program is also offered, which includes a bush tucker tasting plate.
  • Mystery trails – Several mystery trail activities are available where students explore the Settlement and discover the answers to the questions provided.
  • Murray River Cruise – A one-hour cruise aboard the PS Pyap paddle-boat. The Captain narrates the riverboat history, talking about the influence this form of transport had on early settlement along the river and the natural environment. The river at Swan Hill is the most unregulated section of the Murray.
  • Heartbeat of the Murray (evening) – An award-winning laser light show exploring the history of the Murray River and its inhabitants, stretching back 30 million years. This is a must-see event unlike any other.

Region Activities – Offsite

  • Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery – The gallery has an excellent permanent exhibition as well as touring exhibitions. This is a great way to introduce students to the world of art.
  • Catalina Museum – Take a short journey to Lake Boga and explore the region’s involvement during WWII and onwards. As Australia’s number 1 flying boat repair depot.
  • Olson Pheasant Farm – A short drive from Swan Hill to explore a beautiful array of pheasants as they roam on pristine broad-acre.

Please contact the Education Department for bookings – (03) 5036 2410