Swansea Tourism & Travel
Situated on the western shore of Great Oyster Bay on the east coast of Tasmania, Swansea is 134 kms from the capital city of Hobart. Picture sandy beaches and secluded bays, fascinating old-world colonial buildings and homesteads, and sipping on a highly acclaimed cool-climate wine whilst enjoying the culinary delights of the fresh local produce. Swansea is known to be one of the most charming townships on the east coast of Tasmania, with the added delight of being the largest town in close proximity to the Freycinet National Park.
A self-guided walk through the town centre takes in many historic buildings from the 1800s such as the Council Chambers, the early Victorian colonial Schouten House, Meredith house and the convict built, Spiky Bridge. The ancient art of milling bark can also be viewed at the historic Swansea Bark Mill.
There are many highly regarded cool-climate wineries in the Swansea wine area. The Swansea Wine & Wool Centre offers a wide range of varieties from around fifty vineyards across Tasmania. Cellar doors abound in the Swansea wine area, and Spring Vale Vineyards and Freycinet Vineyard both produce a highly acclaimed chardonnay and pinot noir, while at Coombend Estate, cabernet sauvignon or sauvignon blanc are on offer at the cellar door.
There are many glorious beaches and bays around Swansea; Jubilee Beach, Waterloo Beach and Schouten Beach are ideal for fishing, swimming, diving, surfing, boating or simply just relaxing on the sands overlooking Great Oyster Bay and the Freycinet Peninsula.
Swansea Restaurants and Cafes
Many local eateries are situated along Franklin Street in the heart of Swansea. The many cafes and restaurants offer fresh, seasonal produce with a specialty of local seafood.
Swansea Near by
The coastal towns of Bicheno and Triabunna are easily accessed on day trips from Swansea. 43kms north of Swansea, the town of Bicheno boasts white sandy beaches and numerous water-sport opportunities. 50kms south of Swansea, the civic centre of Triabunna has a wide range of shops and galleries to explore.
National Park - Freycinet National Park
Just east of Swansea, the world famous Freycinet National Park is one of Australias and Tasmanias oldest National Parks. Famous attractions in Freycinet include the secluded Wineglass Bay and the majestic line of 300-metre high red and pink granite peaks in the mountains known as The Hazards Range.
Captain James Cox discovered the Swansea area during a sailing expedition from England to Sydney. Settlement began in 1821 and an English settler called Meredith obtained a grant to farm the land shortly after. A major early industry was whaling, therefore a number of whaling stations were established to export whale oil around the world. Swansea and Glamorgan shire are named for towns and counties in Wales and in the UK.
Today Swanseas main industry is tourism. Until 1993, Swansea was Australias first rural municipality. Subsequently, it merged with Spring Bay and the administrative centre for Glamorgan moved to the town of Triabunna. In the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council, some 550 souls reside in the town of Swansea.