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About Swan Hill 

Located at the centre of the Murray River, on the border of Victoria and New South Wales, Swan Hill is a bustling rural city famed for its abundant natural beauty. With hectare upon hectare of spectacular river frontage, stunning bushland and crystal clear freshwater lakes, Swan Hill has a Mediterranean-like climate that makes it perfect for escaping Melbourne’s winter. Permanently!


Making the move in 5 steps

1. Research

The best decisions are well-informed ones. Visit the friendly Swan Hill Visitor Information Centre, to learn more about housing, schools and career industries.


2. Visit us

A visit is the perfect introduction to your new lifestyle. It is a fun and entertaining way to get to know the locals, witness first-hand the magical scenery, try the quality local produce and experience walking around the towns. 


3. Rent before you buy

Need time to find your dream home? Try renting instead of investing in a house immediately. It gives you time to figure out which area you prefer, the kind of house you’d like and which neighbourhood or town is best. 


4. Engage with the community

The Swan Hill region is known for its close-knit and inviting community. Join the local sporting clubs, gyms, social groups and follow the local cafés, art gallery and library on social media to have your finger on the pulse.


5. Take your time

Take the time to build up connections and networks. Ensure there is time set aside to plan the move. Instead of living between your old home and the Swan Hill region, focus on enjoying the area at weekends – which should be easy!




Distance to Melbourne



Surrounding Towns

Robinvale, Lake Boga, Woorinen South, Nyah and Nyah West, Ultima, Manangatang and Piangil.



Median house price: $260,000

Median unit price: $225,000

Median house rent: $270 p/w

Median unit rent: $220 p/w

Arts, Culture and Events

Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery is renowned for having one of Australia’s most comprehensive collections of native art, as well as a diverse programme of touring exhibitions and exciting events. There’s always something fun and interesting on the regional events calendar too, including market days, the Swan Hill Show and even an Almond Blossom Festival.

Food and wine scene 

Swan Hill is home to an impressive range of producers, growers and wineries. Local restaurants serve up the best of the region’s seasonal produce and producers offer regular farmgate tours. Spoons Riverside dishes up stunning food with a view of the Murray to match. And locals also love High Thyme and La Mangia Café, while Niko Niko is the place to go for the freshest sushi in town.

Family Fun 

Picturesque parks and gardens, cycling and walking trails, as well as plenty of camp sites, mean there’s no shortage of things for families to do together in Swan Hill. Locals and tourists alike love Pioneer Settlement, where you can step back in time and immerse yourself in the area’s history. Or for something a little more current, the local Showbiz Cinema plays all the latest blockbusters from around the world.

The great outdoors and sporting facilities 

Swan Hill’s sports scene is dominated by its proximity to the magnificent Murray and its many nearby lakes, with canoeing, kayaking, waterskiing and fishing regular ways locals enjoy the water. The region offers multiple ‘dry sport’ facilities as well:

• Murray Downs Golf and Country Club

• The Central Murray Football League

• The Swan Hill Jockey Club

• Swan Hill Leisure Centre – gym, indoor and outdoor swimming pool

• Skate Park - James Belsar Reserve

• Various cycling trails throughout the region


You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping, with everything from charming, unique local stores to bustling supermarkets. Plus, a monthly farmers market offers delicious and seasonal local produce.


Swan Hill is served by several major highways, while regular regional train and bus services make local travel (and trips to Melbourne) easy. It even has its very own airport.

Health and community services 

Swan Hill District Health provides premium services to the community, as do the region’s many private practices. The area has a strong sense of community with regular gatherings at numerous places including the Robinvale Community Arts Centre and Swan Hill Town Hall.


The region offers a full spectrum of early years, primary, secondary and further educational facilities. Some schools of note:

Swan Hill College (Co-ed 7-12 Public), St Mary McKillop College (Co-ed 7-12 Catholic), Swan Hill North Primary School (Public), further education facilities at SuniTafe and Deakin Learning Centre.

Roles available

Beginning Child Protection Practice

As an entry level Child Protection Practitioner, you’ll work with children who are at risk of abuse or neglect. In this role, your social work or welfare qualifications will be welcomed into a supportive and hard-working team who share a common goal.

You'll manage cases and work with other professionals in the community to assess reports of child abuse and neglect, and at times present matters to the Children's Court of Victoria. You will aquire an excellent grounding across the child and family services system, managing a variety of complex matters, while changing the immediate future of at risk children and their families.


Advanced Child Protection Practice (CPP4)

Advanced Child Protection Practitioners work with more complex cases and situations. You need a minimum of two years case work experience in child and family social work.

As an Advanced Child Protection Practitioner, you’ll receive and assess reports of alleged abuse and neglect of children and young people. You’ll undertake investigations and develop plans to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people is achieved. This may include taking matters to court.