The Murray Valley was traversed by Aboriginal tribes who were attracted to its abundant supply of water and fruits. The first Europeans who came in a group to the Swan Hill city arrived in the year 1836, headed by Major Thomas Mitchell. It was he who named this region as Swan Hill after spending a sleepless night on a rise amidst a flock of swans. Following his discoveries, many settlers arrived in the region who were mainly pastoralists. Gradually newer cities came up in the region and the economy of the region also prospered. Swan Hill has now developed into a modern and thriving city and combines a relaxed lifestyle along with a traditional one.
The city of Swan Hill experiences a Mediterranean type of climate characterised by low humidity. During the summer months, the temperatures soar up to 28ºC and in winters it drops down to 15ºC. Frost occurs in the month of May usually and the average rainfall in the city is about 300mm in a year.
The city of Swan Hill is well-served by rail, road and air services. The nearby airports of Swan Hill are Mildura, Avalon and Melbourne which are regularly served by different airlines. Swan Hill is served by regular bus services which are operated by the private bus agencies. Swan Hill city is also connected by VLine rail network and has trains to Melbourne. The Swan Hill city lies very close to the Murray Valley Highway and is well-connected by the surrounding cities through an advanced road transport.
Swan Hill has a Regional Art Gallery which has a permanent collection of 300 regional artworks and exhibitions are held from time-to-time where the work of international artists is displayed. The gallery was opened for public on 9th May, 1987. Special educational tours for school children are organised throughout the year.
Swan Hill city also has many tourist attraction spots and is the perfect place to discover the unexplored beauty of Murray River. There are many interesting water sports and activities which the visitors might enjoy. Few of the popular tourist destination spots of Swan Hill include:
- Tyntyndyer Homestead
- Murray Downs Golf
- Lake Boga
- Pioneer Settlement Museum
- Vinifera State Forest
- Clock Tower
- Big Murray Cod
Swan Hill city has many splendid restaurants, cafes, take-away food joints and wineries which offer international cuisines as well as fresh seafood. Few of the popular food joints and restaurants in the Swan Hill city are—Palms Restaurant, Swan Pasta Inn, Riverview Café, Peppercorn on Campbell, Charlie Grays Restaurant, Princess of Ming Chinese Restaurant and Swan Pasta Inn among many others. Some of the popular wineries in the region include—Dos Rios, Date Brothers Wines, Yellymong, Bulga Wine Estates, Buller Wines and Andrew Peace Wines.
Swan Hill city offers a large range of accommodation options in motels, house boats, hotels, caravan parks and backpackers. Some of the renowned ones are:
- Country Roads Motel
- Comfort Inn Lady Augusta
- Sun Centre Motel
- Hilltop Resort
- Swan Hill Holiday Park