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Wine Glass Bay, Freycinet National Park


Voted one of the top 10 beaches in the world, Wineglass Bay is a must see. The walk to Wineglass Bay takes you into the world famous Freycinet National Park with wonderful views of the peninsular, Hazards Beach and Great Oyster Bay. Take a picnic lunch and a bottle of the local wine. Freycinet National Park is 45 minutes drive from Swansea.

See also extracts from Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Services "ButtonGrass" newsletter August 2006 and July 2007.

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Local Wineries


There are 4 local wineries, including the prestigious Freycinet Vineyard, producer of world class Pinot Noir and the award winning “Radenti” a fabulous sparkling wine, available cellar door only. The other nearby wineries are Coombend, Springvale and Milton Estate.

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Kate’s Berry Farm


Kate’s Berry Farm is the only place in Australia listed in the book “500 places you must see before you die”. Visit Kate’s for delicious berry jams, wonderful ice-creams, Devonshire teas and one of the best views available on the east coast.

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Enjoy the Fishing


Great Oyster Bay offers excellent fishing from either off the beach or by boat. Off the beach you cancatch flathead, whiting, flounder and salmon. From the boat, near where you launch in Swansea, you can catch even more flathead and whiting, along with squid and calamari. Out closer to Schouten Passage you can trawl for kingfish and other palagic species.

Note: Great Oyster Bay is a sanctuary for all shark species, so they must not be kept.

bicheno blow hole



Bicheno is 45 minutes drive north of Swansea via the Tasman Highway. On the way you pass the four local vineyards mentioned above and also the turn-off to Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay.

Bicheno is home to the spectacular Bicheno Blow Hole, a colony of fairy penguins and great views from the old whaling lookout.





Swansea lies on Great Oyster Bay opposite Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania’s east coast. The area is noted for safe swimming and good fishing. There are colonies of short-tailed shearwaters (muttonbirds) and fairy penguins nearby at Waterloo Point (near the golf course) and dusk is generally the best time to visit.


Swansea Bark Mill and East Coast Museum

Located at 96 Tasman Highway the Swansea Bark Mill and East Coast Museum was built by the Morey family in the 1880s (circa 1885). This historic machinery plant originally processed black wattle bark which was the basic ingredient used for tanning leather. It is possible to see the machinery working today. The East Coast Museum, which is attached, has extensive displays recording the early history of the district. It is open from 9.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. Contact (03) 6257 8382 for more information. It is now located as part of the Swansea Hotel.


Morris' General Store

Now an impressive three-storey building on the main road through the town, Morris' General Store started life as a single-storey building in 1838. The two additional storeys were added as business expanded. It is a simple rectangular structure with hipped iron-clad roofs and 12-pane windows.


Council Chambers

Located in Noyes Street the Council Chambers was constructed by James Hurst in 1860. It is characterised by a lean-to verandah, a hipped iron roof, arched windows and the foundations and main walls are constructed from painted rubble with brick quoins and opening surrounds. There is some evidence that the materials used to construct the Council Chambers came, in part, from the military outpost at Waterloo Point.


Meredith House

Now an attractive 'colonial accommodation' destination, Meredith House is located at Noyes Street. The land originally owned by Charles Meredith, husband of noted colonial artist and poet, Louisa Anne Meredith, was subsequently purchased by J.A. Graham who had the existing two-storey Georgian House built in 1853.It was variously known as Laughton House and in the 1930s it was called Canberra. At one time it was used as school.


All Saints Church

All Saints Church on the corner of Noyes and Wellington Streets was completed in 1871. It is a Gothic church and was designed by H. Hunter. It was constructed of roughly coursed fieldstone, it has dressed sandstone trimmings to buttresses and gable copings.


Schouten House

Schouten House was built by a Mr Champion of Hobart Town in 1845 as a wedding gift to his daughter Theresa. It became known as the Swansea Hotel and the southern wing was used as a brewery. When Theresa died in 1855 it was sold and became a Grammar School. By 1860 it had become a private residence.



Now known as Oyster Bay Guest House and located at 10 Franklin Street, Resthaven was built in 1841 and operated initially as the Black Swan Inn. In 1870 it became a store and then became a private residence which was occupied by a number of different doctors.


Spiky Bridge

Located 7.5 km south of Swansea, Spiky Bridge is a convict bridge which was built in 1843. It was constructed from fieldstones which were laid without mortar or cement. The parapet features fieldstones laid vertically which gives the bridge a spiky appearance. It has been claimed that the spikes were designed to prevent cattle falling over the sides.