Delve into colonial history, discover secret coves, sail around the bay or sample excellent local seafood and wines at this town on Tasmania’s east coast.
Sheltered by the scenic Freycinet Peninsula, Swansea is a laid-back seaside village where you can enjoy excellent seafood, local wines and fascinating colonial heritage. Hit Swansea’s local beach to sail, swim or go on relaxing walks. The beach’s position makes it an ideal base for discovering the east coast’s natural beauty.
Check out the Glamorgan Spring Bay Heritage Museum and the Bark Mill Museum to learn about the region’s history. Explore the compact town centre on foot to find interesting examples of convict-built buildings and bridges. As you wander around the town, pick up local produce, such as cheese, wine and oysters, to enjoy as a seaside picnic. Kate’s Berry Farm, just outside of central Swansea, sells a selection of fresh berries as well as desserts, chocolates and ice creams. There are six vineyards between Swansea and the Freycinet Peninsula, so visit a local winery to sample the region’s cool-climate pinot noir and chardonnay.
Explore Swansea’s surrounding coastline to find secluded coves and long, sandy beaches. Take in stunning views of Great Oyster Bay and the distant Hazards Mountains from Swansea’s shoreline. To the north, you’ll find Dolphin Sands and the spectacular Nine Mile Beach, a narrow finger of land that almost touches the Freycinet Peninsula. Travel south of Swansea to visit Kelvedon, Cressy, Jubilee and Spiky beaches. Protected by a rocky dolerite headland, Spiky Beach has fascinating rock pools and gorgeous ocean views.
Travel 30 kilometres (18 miles) northwest to see the cascades of Lost Falls and Meetus Falls. Within an hour’s drive, you can reach Bicheno and Coles Bay nearby the Freycinet Peninsula National Park, as well as Triabunna, the gateway to magnificent Maria Island.
Swansea is connected to Launceston and Hobart via coach but has no local bus or taxi services of its own. Consider renting a car at the airport so you can enjoy the scenic journey to Swansea at your own pace. Investigate the town on foot.