With a long history as a seaside village in one of the oldest
municipalities in Australia, Swansea has many examples of buildings
and relics from the mid-1800’s. Together with a beautiful coastal
location and its growing reputation for its hospitality and character,
it is a perfect base to experience the unique Tasmanian lifestyle.
Cafes and Dining: Throughout Swansea there
is an increasing number of cafes and eateries with a range of offerings
to suit your mood. All are within easy walking distance. Ask us
walk of Swansea: This will show you
the many fine buildings built in the early days. A lovely, picturesque
walk with a brief description of each historical site. For a
fuller description it is suggested that you obtain a copy of
the booklet Heritage Walk, Swansea.
River: (4 km north of Swansea) Turn right
off the highway; after 2 kilometres take the gravel road straight
ahead rather than the sealed road that turns right. Great bream
Sands, Swan River & Nine Mile Beach: (4
km north of Swansea). Turn right off the highway; after 2
kilometres the sealed road takes a hard right, it leads you
to the mouth of the Swan River. The road forks to lead you
to the Swan River picnic area. Access is also available at
Yellow Sands and there are several access points to Nine
Mile Beach. A superb beach for long walks, beach combing
and pushbike riding at low tide.
Swansea Bark Mill: Be
taken away to a more simple time and place! This award winning
Working Museum provides a unique insight into the early days of
the region. With an excellent Craft and Souvenir shop, this attraction
is a must see.
Gallery One Nine: View
and purchase Fine Art, Textiles, Jewellery, Tribal rugs, Stylish
Homewares, freshly cut flowers and much more, from a beautiful
eclectic collection sourced from exotic places near and far.
Kate's Berry Farm: One
of Tasmania's little treasures, this berry farm, with panoramic
views of Great Oyster Bay, produces outstanding fresh berries,
jams, sauces and delicious ice-cream.
walk: This is
a graveled and well-marked track around Waterloo Point. Magnificent
views and an excellent site for viewing the Short Tailed Shearwater.
Vineyards (15 - 25kms north)
Superior quality wines, produced by this Medal winning Vineyard
are available from the Sales Centre 7 days a week.
Craigie Knowe - Distinctive
wines are produced from this small vineyard, quaint buildings
and loads of atmosphere.
Freycinet - Producing
exciting, cool climate Award winning table wines, Freycinet offers
Cellar Door Sales and Tasting 7 days a week.
Springvale - Set on
an Estate of charming old farm buildings and an established farm,
Springvale produces wines of the highest quality. Tastings and
Cellar Door Sales.
Park: (55 minutes drive
Twenty five minutes north of Swansea turn
off to Coles Bay and the Freycinet National Park with its panoramic
Hazards, a group of granite mountains watching over this scenic
area. The walk
into magnificent Wineglass Bay from the car park takes ½ hour
to the lookout or 1 hour to the bay. Alternatively a 4-½ hour
round trip via Hazards Beach can be taken. Scenic flights, boat
trips and kayaking are also available.
Moulting Lagoon: on the
road into Coles Bay is a wildlife sanctuary where great numbers
of black swan and wild duck can be seen.
Friendly Beaches: Still on
the Coles Bay Rd look for the turnoff to Friendly Beaches, wide
expanses of white sand dunes and ocean beach.
(35 minutes north from Swansea) See the Gulch, Blowhole, and
enjoy the beaches also the Sea Life Centre and the East Coast
Bird Life & Animal
Park. Explore the Douglas Apsley National Park and take time to
experience the Apsley Gorge.