With the sunscreen applied and a hat (or helmet) on your head, the Swan Hill region is a great place to explore on foot or by bike.
Explore the town’s past with two easy walks: The River Walk is a well-signposted 4.5km stroll along the Murray and Little Murray rivers that can be dipped into here-and-there, or followed from start (Milloo Street Wetlands) to finish (Pental Island bridge, about 2km south of the town centre).
Look out for the signs to learn about the fish, flora, fauna and pioneer history of this vital river port. “Now and Then” is an historical walk wandering through the modern streetscapes of Swan Hill, highlighting several buildings still standing as well as describing those lost to the evolution of progress.
Now it’s time to get the blood pumping. Venture out on a bike and take on adventure around Lake Boga – the concrete and gravel track is flat and the highlights include the restored turtle lagoon, pelicans, ducks and other waterbirds, and the must see Flying Boat Museum, featuring a beautifully restored Catalina flying boat from WWII.
The Nyah Vinifera State Forest offers dry-weather bush walking trails along the Murray River as well as through the forest itself.
Keep your eyes open for small middens (piles of shells and artefacts) where Aboriginal people camped and fished above the floodwaters, as well as canoe trees. The tracks can be rough in spots, so pack your sensible shoes!