Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement presents 100 years of history on the banks of the Murray River. As the very first open-air heritage park in Australia this unique 19th century experience is not to be missed.

By Day.

Your visit includes a variety of working displays, buildings, restorations and exhibits to explore at your own leisure. From horse and carriage rides to restored vintage car rides, the Pioneer Settlement showcases Australian history with a hands-on journey. Watch as our blacksmith forges steal and metals, printers at the Echo Print Shop work on 19th century wanted posters, music demonstrations and an opportunity to capture your visit in period costume.

By River.

Take a relaxing one hour river cruise along the Murray River aboard the PS Pyap paddle-boat. The scenic natural environment and views of the historic Murray Downs Homestead are guaranteed to create a truly unique and memorable experience.

The PS Pyap river cruise is available for private charters at your request and runs daily Monday to Friday and twice daily on weekends.

By Night.

Join us as the sun goes down with the award-winning Laser Light Spectacular set on the banks of the mighty Murray River. ‘Heartbeat of the Murray’ is the first of its kind in the world to use a natural river environment and setting as its background to produce a 360-degree multi-media spectacular unlike anything ever seen in Australia. The use of water, light, laser, sound and special effects transports you back in time 30 million years to tell you the story of the Murray. As we move forward in time the formation of the land, its people and their stories come to life in this state-of-the-art show. This show is one not to be missed.

Approximate duration of Experience

  • Pioneer Settlement Admission – 2 days
  • PS Pyap River Cruise – 1 hour
  • Heartbeat of the Murray laser light spectacular – 1 hour

Pricing and packages

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To make your booking or for further enquiries please call (03) 5036 2410 or email psbookings@swanhill.vic.gov.au.