SWANSEA is one of the most pretty beach towns in Tasmania. It has many facilities, great beaches and easy access to iconic sights on the Freycinet Peninsula, like the famous Wineglass Bay. There is much accommodation at Swansea and nearby Coles Bay.
Swansea is on the east coast of Tasmania and is only 50 minutes east of CAMPBELL TOWN. It is part of a long strip of coastal towns, including; St HELENS, St MARYS, COLES BAY, BICHENO and ORFORD that make up a geographic unity called the EAST COAST. From Swansea you are almost at the centre of this area. Further, driving down the relatively straight A3 Tasman Highway is easy.
From Swansea the TOOMS LAKE Conservation Area and LAKE LEAKE are only 15 minutes to the west. MEETUS and LOST falls are only 20 minutes to the east. You can see the FREYCINET Peninsula from Swansea, which is just 30 minutes away. You are 40 minutes from St MARYS. You are 60 minutes from ORFORD, MARIA ISLAND and St HELENS. Nearby places are described in the EAST COAST REGION page.
View Region East Coast of Tasmania 3 in a larger map. Unfortunately, you need to go to the Google Page 2 map to see all my marked features.
FACILITIES: There is a small shopping precinct at Swansea and much accommodation at SWANSEA and COLES BAY.
TOURIST information is located at the BARK MILL Museum. The telephone number is (03) 6256 5070 or the internet contact is www.tasmaniaseastcoast.com.au
EAST COAST VISITOR INFORMATION is (03) 6256 5072 or contact www.tasmaniaseastcoast.com.au
SIGHTS: Swansea is a beach town, where Tasmanians enjoy the beautiful beaches and moor their fishing boats for pleasure trips around Oyster Bay and Moulting Lagoon. It is a former whaling town and has historic buildings going back to the 1820s. It now prides itself on being Tasmania's most tidy town.
Swansea is just east of the famous FREYCINET Peninsula with its beautiful WINEGLASS BAY. You can see the Freycinet Peninsula from Swansea. The settlement just before the Freycinet Peninsula is COLES BAY. Swansea has a number of attractions worth visiting. These include the;
BARK MILL Museum is just north of Swansea on the A3 Tasman Highway. The telephone number is (03) 6257 8094 or contact www.barkmilltavern.com.au
BEACHES on both sides of the town include: CRESSY, COSWELL, KELVEDON, LITTLE SWANPORT, WATERLOO, NINE MILE, SPIKY, JUBILEE and SCHOUTEN
DUNCOMBES lookout is on Cathcart Street just off the A3 Tasman Highway south of the town,
KATES BERRY Farm is in Addison Street, which is just south of the town and just off the A3 Tasman Highway. The number is (03) 6257 8428 or contact www.katesberryfarm.com
LAKE LEAKE is a fishing lake 30 kilometres west of Swansea on B34 Lake Leake Road.
LOOKOUT is about 15 kilometres West of Swansea on B34 Lake Leake Road. It has a great view of the area.
LOST FALLS is about 20 kilometres West of Swansea. You turn onto a gravel road to the south of B34 Lake Leake Road,
MUSEUM is on Franklin Street in the CBD, Telephone (03) 6256 5067 or 0428 758 151
MEETUS FALLS is also off B34 Lake Leake Road. You turn north onto a gravel road just east of Lake Leake,
ROCKY HILLS CONVICT Station is just south of Spiky Bridge,
SPIKY Bridge is a historic bridge just south of the town,
- Nine Mile Beach
1/ Swansea is on the central east coast of Tasmania. This is a view of Mayfield Bay and beach, which is just south of Swansea. This area is one of the most beautiful in Tasmania and is a favorite holiday destination.
2/ This view is looking east from Shelly Point towards Schouten Island. The island is just south of the Freycinet Peninsula National Park.
3/ Spiky Bridge is just south of Swansea. It was built by convicts in the 1850s and is noteworthy for its strange spiky parapet.
4/ Swansea is a beach side holiday venue with many facilities for tourists. Shown is a children's park, beyond it is Jubilee Beach.
5/ This is one of the oldest buildings in the town. Swansea began as a whaling port.
6/ This is a restored gentleman's style Colonial house. Swansea prides itself on being a tidy town.
7/ This is the restored Colonial era hall of Swansea.
8/ Schouten House is a Georgian era gentleman's house in Swansea. It offers accommodation adjacent to Schouten Beach.
9/ The higher streets of Swansea have great views across Great Oyster Bay.
10/ This Georgian house in Swansea is Meredith House. It now offers Colonial style accommodation.
11/ The Anglican church in Swansea is a great example of the Gothic Restoration style.
12/ This colonial house is now the museum of Swansea.
13/ This impressive Colonial building was once an office. It is one of the larger Colonial buildings in Swansea.
14/ This is the former Colonial primary school of Swansea.
15/ There are a variety of attractive shops in Swansea.
16/ This is Nine Mile Beach. It is a lovely 15 kilometre beach just north of Swansea and has great views of the Hazards Range. The town of Swansea is to the left.
17/ This is Schouten Beach, Swansea. A walking track around the golf course begins a the top left. On the distant horizon is the Freycinet Peninsula.
19/ This was the lovely view out of our hotel window. It looked across Great Oyster Bay towards the settlement of Coles Bay. Beyond Coles Bay is the Hazards Range.
20/ Just outside our window was this statue of a Thylacine or Tasmanian Tiger. This animal is supposed to be extinct, but many Tasmanians regularly claim to have seen them.
1/ Nine Mile Beach is just north of Swansea on the east coast of Tasmania. This beach is 16 kilometres of pure white sands with great views across Great Oyster Bay to the Hazards Range on the Freycinet Peninsula. We went with friends and we took 2 cars. One car was parked at the southern end of the beach and one car was parked at the top end of the beach at Bagot Point. We then walked the 16 kilometres in between.
2/ This image was taken at the start of our walk and looks north east. On the horizon to the left is the settlement of Coles Bay. To the right is the Hazards Range on the Freycinet Peninsula.
3/ This image looks south west back towards Swansea. You can not directly access Nine Mile Beach from Swansea, as a large creek bars the way. You do need to drive to it. Parallel to this beach is Dolphin Sands Road, which services hundreds of holiday houses, one of which you can see on the distant right of this image.
4/ At the start of the walk you can look back towards a distant Swansea.
5/ As you walk north east the beautiful Hazards Range steadily grows in size. Finally at the extreme north eastern end of the beach at Bagot Point, the beach ends at a small bay. Just across this bay are, running from left to right, the peaks of mounts Parson, Amos and Dove. In the far distance on the right is Mt Freycinet.
6/ This is the end of the Nine Mile Beach at Bagot Point. Across Swanwick Bay on the left is part of the settlement of Coles Bay. There is a boat ramp here, so it is quite easy for the local people to cross over in their boats.
7/ This view was taken from further along. It looks across Swanwick Bay from near the car park.
8/ This image shows you the typical beach house of Coles Bay and the beautiful views they enjoy.