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    by metteks Written Jun 3, 2005

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    The Pioneer Settlement Museum has recreated life in the Murray-Mallee area from the period of 1830-1930. They have saved and restored over fifty historic buildings and other major exhibits and created a unique total experience.

    A special thing to do at the settlement is to do a trip on the paddlesteamer Pyap, which was built in 1896.
    You can also try the "Queen of the Murray" the PS Gem, which is the largest paddlesteamer to navigate the Murray River.

    It is a neat place just to walk around and wonder what Australia used to be like in the good old days. It is also possible to buy old-type candies and different things in the shops.

    Pioneer Settlement Museum

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    by Kate-Me Written Oct 24, 2003

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    In its heyday last century, the Gem was the largest paddlesteamer to ply its trade up and down the huge length of the Murray river.

    Now it sits berthed, in quite a bad state of disrepair, waiting to be restored, a project which appears to be underway and will cost $300,000, to restore it to its former glory.

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    by Kate-Me Updated Oct 24, 2003

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    The Swan Hill Pioneer Village is said to have been Australia's first open air museum, built in the 1960's to represent the time a century before, with wooden huts and other buildings within a reconstructed pioneer township (also with sound and light show at night).

    This old paddlesteamer, the Gem, stands outside the settlement.

    The Gem
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Swan Hill Hotels

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  • Flag Inn Lady Augusta

    375 Campbell Street, Swan Hill, VIC 3585

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Comfort Inn Lady Augusta

    375 Campbell Street

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Murray River Motel

    481 Campbell St., Swan Hill, 3585, Australia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Comfort Inn Campbell

    396 Campbell St., Swan Hill, Victoria, 3585, Australia

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Sun Centre Motel

    491 Campbill Street, Swan Hill, 2585, Australia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Jane Eliza Motor Inn

    263 Campbell Street, Swan Hill, 3585, Australia

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Swan Hill Resort

    405-415 Campbell Street, Swan Hill, 3585, Australia

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • Paruna Motel

    386 Campbell Street, Swan Hill, 3585, Australia

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Lazy River Motor Inn

    188 Murray Valley Highway, Swan Hill, 3585, Australia

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

Swan Hill Favorites

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    by Kate-Me Written Oct 24, 2003

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    Favorite thing: If you take a walk along the river bank, you'll notice many of these huge majestic river redgums, some of which are very old. Unfortunately though, a lot more of them are dying at the moment, due to the drought and the fact that the river hasn't flooded its high banks for several seasons. This is partly due to low rainfall and partly due to irrigation, and there is a lot of debate going on at the moment about what can be done so more of these trees don't die. Throughout history, they have come to depend on the river flooding at least once every 7 years for their survival.
    Now their exposed roots are even more exposed than usual, as the water has receeded further from the bank.

    River redgum
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    by Kate-Me Written Oct 24, 2003

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    Favorite thing: At this time of year, while it is warm but the heat of summer has not yet come (and probably water restrictions along with it) the lawns in the parks are still looking nice and lush.

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    by Kate-Me Written Oct 24, 2003

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    Favorite thing: In Curlewis street, if you drive along near the brick water tower or towards the green grain silos, you will come to a nice part of the river which is particularly grassy and has a park area and gardens.
    You can also do a self guided walk along the river, in either small sections or do the full 4.5 km walk.

    gardens
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