Swansea is a small Tasmanian town located 140km north of the capital Hobart. It has stunning views as it overlooks the Great Oyster Bay and it's coastline is a popular tourist destination. The main street of Swansea is Franklin Street and it is filled with original, charming buildings that date back to the 1850's, with one Morris Store being the eldest as it was built in 1834.
The Swan River flows just north of Swansea, and joins up with Nine Mile Beach. Here you can find Dolphin Sands which is a lagoon like beach. All this area is great for swimming, fishing and relaxing.
A beach with many caves cut into the sandstone cliffs a few kilometres out of Swansea.
This is a popular holiday town due to it's great fishing and it's proximity to Freycinet National Park. Coles Bay has a very remote feel and you need to bring everything with you when visit as there are not many facilities to make purchases.
Freycinet National Park
This is known to be one of Australia's best national parks, with Wineglass Bay being it's prettiest attraction. This perfect blue/green sea is bathed in white sand, however, as there is no car access through the park, the walk to Wineglass bay could take 1.5 hours but is well worth the hike. The park has some great walks with the most popular being the Wineglass Bay/Hazards Beach Circuit which spans 11km and could take up to 5 hours. The summit of Mount Amos has great views of Wineglass Bay and the peninsula and is a three hour return walk. A longer overnight walk can be done to Mount Graham.
Swansea Bark Mill
This mill began operations in 1885 and is located on the Tasman Highway. Here you can see how the tannin is removed from the bark and then used to tan leather goods. The centre piece is the bark miil that operates from a stationery steam engine. Tasman Highway (03 6257 8382).
Swansea Bark Mill and East Coast Museum
See how black wattle bark is processed. 96 Tasman Highway (02 6257 8382).
Housed in the original School house that dates back to 1860, you can find out about the history of the town and the Great Oyster Bay. Franklin Street.
Swansea Wine and Wool Centre
Here you can taste and purchase wine as well as buy locally made wool products. There is also a cafe here to enjoy lunch with a wine. Located in the same complex as the Bark Mill.