Swan Hill

We’ll give you the hot tip on Swan Hill: it’s pretty warm there, so leave your winter coat at home.

The first winery to crop up in the region was in 1930 and each year, more and more continue to emerge. Savour a shiraz or chardonnay while you’re in town, but don’t neglect the pinot gris or cabernet sauvignon — they all have a distinct Swan Hill flavour.

Located on the banks of the Murray River (336 kms from Melbourne) means it’s inevitable that the local food is heavenly, too. As well as the dried, citrus and stone fruit, try the fish, olives, nuts and saltbush lamb.

Kaz says: Almost all vineyards in the Swan Hill region are irrigated from the Murray River or its tributaries. Irrigation began in the 1880s.