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View of distant Freycinet
Swansea
East Coast Region
The children's park at Swansea
Swansea
East Coast Region
Schouten Island seen from Shelley Point.
Swansea
East Coast Region
Mayfield Bay south of Swansea
Swansea
East Coast Region
9 Mile Beach north of Swansea
Swansea
East Coast Region
Victorian era house in Swansea
Swansea
East Coast Region
The historic Anglican church of Swansea
Swansea
East Coast Region
Historic Schouten House
Swansea
East Coast Region
Spikey Bridge was built by convicts.
Swansea
East Coast Region

SWANSEA'S BEACHES

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, BICHENO, St MARYS, St HELENS, CAMPBELL TOWN, ORFORD, MARIA ISLAND and FREYCINET pages.


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;

ROUTE: Swansea is on the A3 Tasman Highway between BICHENO and ORFORD.

From Campbell Town B34 Lake Leake Road leads to a point on the A3 Tasman Highway just North of Swansea.

Click to see the LARGER PHOTO GALLERY.

  • SWANSEA
  • Nine Mile Beach

 

Mayfield Bay near Swansea Tasmania

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.

Schouten Island seen from Shelly Point South of Swansea Tasmania

2/ This view is looking east from Shelly Point towards Schouten Island. The island is just south of the Freycinet Peninsula National Park.

Spiky Bridge near Swansea Tasmania

3/ Spiky Bridge is just south of Swansea. It was built by convicts in the 1850s and is noteworthy for its strange spiky parapet.

Swansea Tasmania

4/ Swansea is a beach side holiday venue with many facilities for tourists. Shown is a children's park, beyond it is Jubilee Beach.

Swansea Tasmania

5/ This is one of the oldest buildings in the town. Swansea began as a whaling port.

Swansea Tasmania

6/ This is a restored gentleman's style Colonial house. Swansea prides itself on being a tidy town.

Swansea Tasmania

7/ This is the restored Colonial era hall of Swansea.

Swansea Tasmania

8/ Schouten House is a Georgian era gentleman's house in Swansea. It offers accommodation adjacent to Schouten Beach.

Swansea Tasmania

9/ The higher streets of Swansea have great views across Great Oyster Bay.

Swansea Tasmania

10/ This Georgian house in Swansea is Meredith House. It now offers Colonial style accommodation.

Swansea Tasmania

11/ The Anglican church in Swansea is a great example of the Gothic Restoration style.

Swansea Tasmania

12/ This colonial house is now the museum of Swansea.

Swansea Tasmania

13/ This impressive Colonial building was once an office. It is one of the larger Colonial buildings in Swansea.

Swansea Tasmania

14/ This is the former Colonial primary school of Swansea.

Swansea Tasmania

15/ There are a variety of attractive shops in Swansea.

Swansea Tasmania

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.

Swansea Tasmania

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.

Swansea

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.

tasmanian tiger at Swansea

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.

 

Nine Mile Beach, Swansea

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.

Nine Mile Beach, Swansea

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.

Nine Mile Beach, Swansea

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.

Nine Mile Beach, Swansea

4/ At the start of the walk you can look back towards a distant Swansea.

Nine Mile Beach, 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.

Nine Mile Beach, Swansea

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.

Nine Mile Beach, Swansea

7/ This view was taken from further along. It looks across Swanwick Bay from near the car park.

Coles Bay

8/ This image shows you the typical beach house of Coles Bay and the beautiful views they enjoy.

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