Swan Hill and discovered in 1836 this colonial style river
town was created by explorer Major Thomas Mitchell. He named
the town so for the huge numbers of Swans and water fowls in
a nearby billabong from where he camped.
It was not until about 1846 that the first European style
property was established in the area named 'Tyntynder'
Australia's first brick veneer homestead. Set in amongst
wonderful old world gardens surrounded with a unique
collection of Aboriginal artefacts found on the property.
The original inhabitants of the area were known as the Wemba
The town grew in importance and became Australia's first
inland port. Trade declined with the introduction of
railways, the city turned to agriculture and irrigation.
Today the city of approximately 10,000 people live an
envious life style in a Mediterranean climate growing some
of the finest fruit, vegetables and agriculture produce
found in Australia.
There are plenty of attractions in
this historic city. The Red Gum Festival held each March,
Italian Fiesta, Swan Hill Agricultural Show, Swan Hill
Racing Cup Carnival, and the Inland Irrigated Wine Show to
name a few of the attractions.