Swan Hill received its name in the early 1840's when the famous Australian explorer Thomas Mitchell camped there and was kept awake at night by the noisy swans.
I didn't notice any swans in this town today, so perhaps they are all gone.
Swan Hill is situated approximately 5 hours drive north (and slightly to the east) of Melbourne in the Riverina/Murray River district of northern Victoria.
The mighty Murray river not only divides most of Victoria from New South Wales, but in the west it also flows into South Australia right to Goolwa, not far south of Adelaide.
There are many different types of landscape to be seen in the area
On the one hand, we have the mighty (and rather murky brown) Murray River, vineyards, orchards, wheat , sheep and dairy farms, and on the other hand, palm trees everywhere and a Mediterranean climate.
This city also boasts more sunshine per year than the Gold Coast! I don't know how they do it , but I'm assured it is true, and the temperature was 7 degrees warmer than at home in Ballarat, only 3 hours drive south!
And a part of the mighty Murray river itself, with the bridge to New South Wales.