Swan Hill

Swan Hill is in Murray region of Victoria, Australia. It lies on the south bank of the Murray River. With a population of around 10,000, the town is full of country charm and interesting cultural and historic attractions, without the crowds of a large regional centre.


In the Aboriginal Dreamtime, the hunter Totyerguil ran out of spears while chasing Otchout, the cod, near Swan Hill. The cod squirmed and thrashed around so much, a large channel opened up, which became the Murray River. Aboriginal people have lived in the area for at least the last 9,000 years. The Swan Hill area is the traditional lands of the Wemba-Wemba and Wati-Wati people. The Wemba-Wemba people call the town "Matakupaat" (place of the Platypus).

The area was given its current name by explorer Thomas Mitchell, while camping beside a hill on 21 June 1836.

Get in

Swan Hill's location at the northern extreme of Victoria means that Melbourne is a major gateway for (and source of) travellers. Road access is very good and connections to surrounding towns are reliable.

By train

Swan Hill is the northern terminus of the Swan Hill railway line, served twice daily by V/Line trains from Melbourne. The train journey takes 4.5 hours and departs from Southern Cross Station in Melbourne, the terminus for all country services. Unlike other routes, this line requires reservations and paper tickets (Myki cards are not valid for travel past Eaglehawk) which can be purchased from Southern Cross (or other V/Line stations), on the V/Line website or by calling 1800 800 007.

By car

The Murray Valley Highway connects Swan Hill to Mildura, Kerang, Echuca and Albury-Wodonga. Melbourne can be reached in about 3.5 hours via Bendigo (Calder Freeway) and Kerang (Loddon Valley Highway).

By bus

The V/Line coach network operates several routes that pass through Swan Hill. The daily MilduraAlbury-Wodonga service passes through around lunchtime and reaches either end from 6-8pm. The Mildura–Ballarat–Mildura loop service also passes Swan Hill. There is also a connection to Melbourne with a train connection in Bendigo. Reservations are required for V/Line coach services in this area.

By plane

The gateway to Victoria is Melbourne Airport (IATA: MEL), which serves many domestic and international destinations.

The regional airport at Mildura (IATA: MQL) is connected to Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Broken Hill, but flights can be expensive. Access to Swan Hill is by bus.

Get around

The centre of Swan Hill is quite small and easily navigable on foot.

The town has two local bus services operated by Swan Link (Swan Hill Bus Lines) which travel around the northern and southern suburbs of the town respectively. The buses run hourly from 8:00–6:00 during the week and 8:00–12:30 on Saturdays.

The Swan Hill–Tooleybuc bus route (operated by Swan Hill Bus Lines connects Swan Hill with the smaller towns of Nyah West, Nyah, Wood Wood, Piangil and Tooleybuc, NSW.

There is a bus which connects Swan Hill with the tiny towns of Wycheproof and Lalbert on Thursdays, departing Wycheproof in the morning and returning in the afternoon. There is also a service to Lake Boga and Ultima on Thursdays which extends to Sea Lake on Fridays (both services arrive in Swan Hill in the morning and depart in the afternoon).




The town centre is home to a varied assortment of stores selling unique products and local specialties.



Swan Hill is surrounded by a fertile wine region. The grape vines are often irrigated from the river.



Internet is easy to find around the town. Swan Hill is covered by the 3G mobile networks, and Telstra's 4G service. Optus is extending its 4G network to the area in the near future.

Go next

Mildura is a natural choice for those heading west along the river. Echuca and Shepparton are located to the east of the town on the road to Albury-Wodonga. Kerang or Bendigo are on the way to Melbourne, a short drive from Swan Hill.

Routes through Swan Hill

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