Situated on the picturesque banks of the Marraboor River, The Pioneer Settlement is one of Swan Hill's most notable attractions. The Settlement offers a full day's entertainment for the whole family, and a complimentary second day is part of the entrance fee.
First established in 1963, with the arrival of the Paddlesteamer 'Gem' , the Pioneer Settlement allows visitors to experience life in the Mallee as experienced by our early settlers from the mid 1800s to the 1930s. Visitors enter into a typical 1920s Mallee street complete with tearooms, lolly shop, music store and drapery and can chose to wander the site on foot or enjoy a relaxing drive around in our complimentary horse and carriage or vintage car rides.. Activities include having a poster printed at the Echo Printers Shop; dressing up in old fashion costume at the Photography Parlour; and watching the blacksmith make horseshoes.
Murray river cruises aboard the PS Pyap and an evening Sound & Light show run daily.
As of 2011 The Pioneer Settlement is growing and moving into a new phase of development, bigger, brighter and better; and the first concept plans are out. They will provide better protection for the larger objects currently in the open; better story telling in the whole Settlement and a new Mallee Interpretive Centre with dedicated galleries to introduce our visitors to the Mallee, and the Pioneer Settlement.