Tour Description

Easter in Swan Hill

Five Days: 19th – 23rd April 2019

Twin Share: $1795 per person. Sole Use: $1995 per person.

Included in the tour:
  • Home pick-ups & set downs (most metro areas – please contact us for details)
  • Picnic-style morning teas & all meals as per the itinerary
  • All accommodation & admissions to all attractions
  • Experienced & informative tour driver/guide.

 

This Easter we are journeying to Swan Hill, a town well known for its pioneering history. Shaped by the flowing life source of the mighty River Murray, we enjoy the diversity of this region as we visit nearby Lake Boga, take a luncheon cruise on Gunbower Creek and visit the largest gamebird farm in Australia.  No visit to Swan Hill would be complete without a cruise on the Murray aboard a historic paddlesteamer and we also explore the Pioneer Settlement, including the award winning laser light show which uses the Murray River as its backdrop. With so much to see and do this promises to be a fantastic Easter holiday!

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Day One – FRIDAY 19 APRIL 2019

(includes light lunch and three course dinner)

After being picked up from our homes (limited areas*) we head east from Adelaide, through the lovely Adelaide Hills and along the Princes Highway, pausing at Tailem Bend for morning tea. From here we enter the Murray Mallee, travelling through Lameroo and onto the rural township of Pinnaroo in time for lunch.

Refreshed we reboard the minicoach for the afternoon journey across the border into Victoria.  We pause in Ouyen for a comfort stop before continuing east to Swan Hill on the Murray River.

Swan Hill became one of the regions major inland river trading ports when the wharf was first built in the early 1850’s. Over time, the surrounding land was cleared for farming and the river became a source of irrigation which meant agriculture superseded as the towns primary form of prosperity, particularly after the expansion of the railways. Swan Hill is now surrounded by vast citrus farms reaching many kilometres to the north west.

We check into our accommodation at Comfort Inn Campbell, Swan Hill (Ph. 03 5032 4427).  We will be staying here for four nights, so we can unpack and settle in before coming together for dinner

 

Day Two – SATURDAY 20 APRIL 2019

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and three course dinner)

We kick off our first day in Swan Hill with a guided tour of the town. A local gives us the best introduction and helps us to become more familiar with both our surroundings and the history of how Swan Hill became the town we see today.

We enjoy our morning tea in a local park and have some free time to browse the main street before making our way south a short distance to Lake Boga. It is here that we visit the fascinating Flying Boat Museum, housed in the original communications bunker. The museum is home to the Catalina Flying Boat and is a memorial to those who worked on the flying boats during World War II. It boasts a theatrette showing authentic footage, which takes us back to the 1940s, when Catalinas were more common on the lake than speed boats are today.

Mid-afternoon we return to the hotel for a relaxing afternoon with plenty of time to freshen up for this evenings highlight.

After an early dinner our driver will take us to the Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement to experience the world-class ‘Heartbeat of the Murray’ laser light show, a multi-media spectacular unlike anything ever seen in Australia. Set on the banks of the River Murray, this award-winning, state-of-the-art show is the first of its kind in the world to use a natural river environment and setting as the background. Using light, lasers, sound and special effects to tell the story of the Murray, this spectacular display is beamed onto a ‘water screen’. Following the completion of the show we return to our accommodation for a good nights rest.

 

Day Three – SUNDAY 21 APRIL 2019

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and three course dinner)

Happy Easter!

After a busy night, we enjoy a leisurely breakfast before embarking on a journey to explore the region. We head south east along the Murray Valley Highway, past Lake Boga. Although its not obvious from the road, the river channel in this area has branched numerous times, creating a maze of tributaries and lakes. In fact, between Lake Boga and Kerang there are over 50 lakes of varying sizes that are home to a variety of water birds. These waterways are also popular destinations for holidays and recreational activities such as caravanning, camping, fishing, boating, bird watching and skiing. We’ll detour from the highway, to view Kangaroo Lake and Lake Charm, before continuing to the township of Kerang.

After stretching our legs, we’ll travel a short distance towards Gunbower Creek. Here we board the Wetlander for a fantastic luncheon cruise. As we dine we can relax and enjoy this wetland of international significance inhabited by a variety of waterbirds, other wildlife and aquatic plants.

After disembarking, we return to Swan Hill via Barham-Koondrook and Murrabit, with time to relax before dinner and a good nights rest.

 

Day Four – MONDAY 22 APRIL 2019

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and three course dinner)

After breakfast this morning we take a short drive east out of Swan Hill to the largest game bird farm in Australia. Olson Game Birds was the first established business of its kind, as well as being the only commercial game bird farm in Australia open to visitors.  The owners are proud to show us around this combination of commercial enterprise and tourist operation.

After morning tea we return to Swan Hill and the Pioneer Settlement, a very different place in the daylight!  History comes to life with the display of over 50 immaculately preserved and restored buildings and over 20,000 artefacts relating to life in the Murray-Mallee in the 1830 to 1930 era. There is also a large collection of Aboriginal artefacts on display and we can wander at our leisure through this bygone world, experiencing real Australian history.

We enjoy lunch at the settlement before strolling down to the wharf. This afternoon we board the PS Pyap for a relaxing cruise along the River Murray, passing the historic Murray Downs Homestead. The captain tells us much of the riverboat history and the influence it had on the early settlement along the river as we relax and watch the scenery float by.

Upon disembarking we have some more free time to make the most of our visit to the settlement before returning to our motel for dinner and our last night on tour.

 

Day Five – TUESDAY 23 APRIL 2019

(includes cooked breakfast and two course lunch)

It is time to farewell our hosts in Swan Hill this morning and begin our journey home.

We follow the Murray north until we reach Piangil, when we turn west to travel along the Mallee Highway. We travel through remote North Western Victoria before stopping at Ouyen for morning tea.

After passing through Cowangie and Murrayville, we cross the border back into South Australia and reach Pinnaroo ready for a hearty two course lunch.

Continuing west we pass through Peake before our comfort stop at Tailem Bend. From here we soon cross the Murray River and enter the Adelaide Hills, with familiar scenery around us for the final stage of our journey.

We enter Adelaide’s suburbs to begin returning people home after a great Easter exploring Swan Hill and the areas many attractions.