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SwanseaAustralia

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.

Top hotels in Swansea

Swansea Beach Chalets
Swansea Beach Chalets
3.5 out of 5
Shaw Street, Swansea, TAS

Nestled on the beach, this Swansea apartment building is just steps away from Jubilee Beach and Waterloo Point. East Coast Heritage Museum and Glamorgan War ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (625 reviews)

"Beautiful spot with a gorgeous view and the staff were lovely"…"

Reviewed on 7 Oct 2020

Swansea Beach Chalets
Piermont Retreat
Piermont Retreat
4 out of 5
12990 Tasman Highway, 3km S of Swansea, Swansea, TAS
The price is £160 per night from 3 Nov to 4 Nov

Situated in Swansea, this beach hotel is steps away from Kates Berry Farm, Jubilee Beach and Waterloo Point. Bark Mill Museum and East Coast Heritage Museum ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (393 reviews)

"Accommodation, Dinner, and waiting staff - Excellent ! Only minor disappointment: we arrived from Hobart at1:10pm snd asked if we could check in as the restaurant was closed for lunch. We were told the check in time is 2pm and not flexible. No other reasons given. I would have thought for the sake ..."…"

Reviewed on 9 Jul 2020

Piermont Retreat
Swansea Waterloo Inn
Swansea Waterloo Inn
3.5 out of 5
1A Franklin Street, Swansea, TAS
The price is £51 per night from 24 Oct to 25 Oct

Nestled on the beach, this Swansea motel is within a 5-minute walk of Jubilee Beach, Glamorgan War Memorial and East Coast Heritage Museum. Waterloo Point and ...

4/5Very Good! (315 reviews)

"Restaurant on site was closed due to COVID, but otherwise really pleased with my stay. Especially pleased with complimentary upgrade to a water view balcony with spa room."…"

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2020

Swansea Waterloo Inn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Swansea

Swansea Beach Chalets
Swansea Beach Chalets
3.5 out of 5
Shaw Street, Swansea, TAS

Nestled on the beach, this Swansea apartment building is just steps away from Jubilee Beach and Waterloo Point. East Coast Heritage Museum and Glamorgan War ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (625 reviews)

"Beautiful spot with a gorgeous view and the staff were lovely"…"

Reviewed on 7 Oct 2020

Swansea Beach Chalets
Swansea Holiday Park
Swansea Holiday Park
2 out of 5
2 Bridge Street, Swansea, TAS

Located in the heart of Swansea, this beach campsite is within a 10-minute walk of Swansea Conservation Area, Glamorgan War Memorial, and East Coast Heritage ...

3.9/5Very Good! (251 reviews)
Love the place

"We love this place. Neat, clean and perfect for short stay. Nice location and just close to shops. We have reason to book again this place."…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2020

Swansea Holiday Park
Wagners Cottages
Wagners Cottages
4 out of 5
13182 Tasman Highway, Swansea, TAS

Situated by the sea, this cottage is steps away from Jubilee Beach, Waterloo Point and Kates Berry Farm. Spiky Bridge and Milton Vineyard are also within 9 mi ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (208 reviews)

"The property was immaculate. The owner provided very clear communications and great recommendations for activities. Highly recommended!"…"

Reviewed on 18 Mar 2020

Wagners Cottages
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Swansea

Spiky Bridge
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Spiky Bridge

4/5(4 reviews)

You can find out about the history of Swansea with a visit to Spiky Bridge. Wander through the beautiful beaches and seaside in this relaxing area.

Kelvedon Beach
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Kelvedon Beach

Why not spend a lazy afternoon at Kelvedon Beach during your trip to Swansea? Amble around this family-friendly area's beautiful beaches and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Kelvedon Beach Conservation Area
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Kelvedon Beach Conservation Area

Explore the great outdoors at Kelvedon Beach Conservation Area, a lovely green space in Swansea. Wander through the beautiful beaches and seaside in this family-friendly area.

Top things to do in Swansea

Wineglass Bay Cruise
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Wineglass Bay Cruise

£92
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Quad Bike 2-Hour Adventure: Freycinet National Park
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Quad Bike 2-Hour Adventure: Freycinet National Park

£99
Per adult
The Freycinet Paddle
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The Freycinet Paddle

£63
Per adult

Reviews of Swansea

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Apr 2019

Limited number of cafes & restaurants and all tend to close early, especially out of season. Otherwise, a lovely little town.

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